The Melville

The Melville
The Melville
19–25 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NG
  • 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)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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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