- Telephone 0131 225 1358
- Seasonal times Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 11am–6pm (winter(
- Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri–Sat 11am–1am
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–9pm.
- Average price £5.95 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.themelvillebar.com
This review is taken from the 2015 edition.
Central to a cluster of good pubs and independent boutiques embodying the heart of William Street, the Melville offers a pleasant welcome to tapped-out shoppers, escapee officer workers and tourists wandering off the main drag. Substantially refurbished in 2013, the pub has a modern interior without feeling austere, enhanced by the half-dozen floor to ceiling Georgian windows dominating the south-facing wall. Concurrent with the new look, a menu of a dozen serious cocktails have put a spring in this pub’s step. Cosmopolitans and French Martinis shimmer jewel-like in their stemmed glasses. Muddled to order, Old Fashioneds, arguably the world’s first cocktail (1806), pack a sophisticated Angostura-laced punch. The day-long menu covers fairly traditional territory but it does it well. Burgers are generous, partnered with golden skinny fries. Steak and ale pie caps slow-cooked, tender and flavoursome beef under its pastry hat. For those wanting a nibble, antipasti and ploughman's sharing platters are handy but could be a bit more generous. Weekends bring roasts with all the trimmings – wonderful with a pint.
- High point: Steady delivery of pub classics and appealing cocktails
- Low point: Kitchen could usefully take a few more chances
- Notable dish: Steak & Ale Pie
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: pop, hip hop, disco
- Live entertainment: occasionally
- Capacity: 52
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle