Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel
21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ
  • Telephone 0131 229 9933
  • Seasonal times Extended during festival and Christmas period to 3am
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 9am–midnight; Fri/Sat 9am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–11.30pm.
  • Average price £15 (set lunch); £15 (set evening meal)
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Red Squirrel

Strong range of craft beers and burgers with slick, speedy service in Lothian Road.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Start with the beers, because here it’s all about the beers. With an ever-changing combination of local taps, The Red Squirrel pretty much guarantee you won’t get bored with your pint. Expect to see a good mix of brewers like Pilot, Williams and Alechemy on the taps, with guest appearances from Belgium and the US too. Staff know their stuff, so if you’re feeling frisky why not ask for them to sort you out with a taster flight? That said, this is a happy-go-lucky sort of place which wears its knowledge lightly – you don’t need a CAMRA membership to drink here. There’s a compact menu, mostly featuring decent quality burgers, kids are welcome and, on an extremely busy Thursday evening, service is slick. Oh, and bring the dog for a bowl of water and a biscuit. What more could you want from a city centre boozer?

  • High point: Knowledgeable, friendly service
  • Low point: Wine list not quite as imaginative as the beer list
  • Notable dish: Burger and a beer
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: There are regular events such as meet the brewers, tasting events and tap takeovers
  • Capacity: 150
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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