No 1 High Street

No 1 High Street
1 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
  • Telephone 01315565758
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 11am-midnight; Thu–Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Fri 11am–9pm; Sat/Sun 10am–9pm
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
  • Website www.no1highstreet.net
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Anyone who lives in Edinburgh will tell you that perhaps the city's busiest dining thoroughfare, at least during the summer peak season, is also its least inspiring. There are a few gems on the Royal Mile, but statistically you're more likely to venture into a factory for the recycling of currency exchange cash than you are a place worth recommending. Enviably addressed and full of potential, the corner property No.1 High Street (formerly the Tass) has recently undergone extensive redecoration, retaining the feel of a well-used local pub alongside the gleaming light fittings and stylised floral wallpaper. The new regime and a brighter atmosphere also means a friendly welcome, and this is perhaps its strongest selling point alongside the extensive drinks selection, with three guest ales, three permanent ales, one cider on tap and a fridge full of bottled beers complementing around 40 whiskies. The pub food isn't so much of a head-turner, with a well-seasoned but potato-heavy fishcake served alongside a reasonable home-made tartar sauce, while the very presence of a doughy puff pastry lid on a steak pie is enough to sag your shoulders, no matter that the dish is meaty and the ale gravy good and rich.

  • High point: Your entry to the High Street greeted with fine drink
  • Low point: Less inspiration from the menu
  • Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Live folk and bluegrass from 9pm-midnight on Wednesdays to Saturdays.
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 22
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £12.95 per bottle