Edinburgh Larder Bistro

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Edinburgh Larder Bistro
1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH
  • Telephone 0131 225 4599
  • Opening times Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun & Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun & Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue 5.30–10pm; Wed–Sat 5.30–6.30pm.
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £24 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price 2 course £16 and 3 course £18
  • Email
  • Website www.edinburghlarder.co.uk
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Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Basement bistro packed full of rustic charm with a confident kitchen showcasing the best of Scotland’s larder.

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Setting the scene perfectly, the entrance foyer of this Alva Street basement bistro doubles as a kitchen larder packed full of family-made chutneys, pickles and preserves. A series of timber and stone-clad nooks and crannies combine to generate a refined rustic charm, with fabric throws draped across sought-after booths and an appealing roof-lit raised section to the rear. Striving to educate their diners about the quality of Scotland’s harvest, the seasonal menu refreshes monthly, showcasing a hand-picked range of regional producers and foraged goodies. Spiced pear and apple vodka aperitif kicks off a reassuringly compact dinner offer with pork rillettes or Arbroath smokie pâté leading to sage infused guinea fowl saltimbocca. Coley fillet with sea purslane and mussel broth appears from a confident kitchen alongside Dunsyre blue cheesecake with honeyed cobnuts and a poached quince tarte tatin. A carefully sourced old world wine list supports a daily changing lunch offer, with a specials board featuring nose-to-tail dining and a popular Friday night steak and craft beer deal.

  • High point: Delightful interior, with ambition evident in the kitchen
  • Low point: Front of house could be slightly more engaging
  • Notable dish: Specials board featuring nose-to-tail dining
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Background tunes
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: June 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £17 per bottle