Woodland Creatures

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Woodland Creatures
260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL
  • Telephone 0131 629 5509
  • Opening times 11am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Open late during the Festival and at Christmas.
  • Bar open Mon–Wed noon–midnight; Thu–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon 5–10pm; Tue–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website woodlandcreaturesleith.co.uk
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Under new ownership and with a fresh look, Woodland Creatures reinstates itself as one of Leith Walk’s finest comfort food, craft ale and live music establishments.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Call off the search party, we’ve found Edinburgh’s best mac and cheese. (Probably.) It comes laced with bacon, chorizo, haggis or black pudding with enough stringy mozzarella to create the most Instagrammable cheese pull – if you’re of that ilk. In comparison, the slightly dry beef burger comprised off too-thin patties and an equally okay flatbread take a back seat. Though finally, here's an eatery that layers their nachos properly and isn’t shy on the toppings – hallelujah! Local hipsters typically wash these down with craft beers, perhaps from the popular Beavertown tap, or sip on a cocktail. The coupe of Pickerings Gin, lemon and homemade earl grey syrup, shaken up with egg white, is a liquidised lemon meringue pie. With reggae and funk tunes throughout the week, escalating into electro dubstep come Saturday nights, there’s an addictive energy about the place. When the unpretentious exposed brick and wood furnished bar bustles, you’ll be reluctant to leave. So, best to grab a table on the Leith walk kerb or nip out back through the Narnia wardrobe for a breath of fresh air before diving back in.

The List's rating
8

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Ailidh Forlan visited Woodland Creatures on 3 March 2019
  • High point: Dog friendliness, extending to bowls, bones and blankies
  • Low point: You'll wish the hidden beer garden was bigger
  • Notable dish: Chorizo luxury mac'n'cheese
  • Average price: £11.50 (lunch); £14.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 80 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Week days: soul / reggae / funk, weekends: trap / dubstep / electronic
  • Live entertainment: Every other Wednesday open mic nights, and regular slam poetry/ other live music all in sound proofed back room
  • Capacity: 120 (22 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2013 (taken over in 2018)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best pubs and bars around Edinburgh's Leith Walk and Easter Road

31 May 2018

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Take a crawl around the Walk and you'll be well watered from top to toe with an ever-expanding collection of bars that have exploded onto one of Edinburgh's most happening streets, with plenty of places to eat in between.