The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1 PL
  • Box office 0131 560 1581
  • General enquiries 0131 560 1572
  • Seasonal times Festival: bar open until 3am
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–late; Fri–Sat noon–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–8.45pm; Fri–Sat noon–10pm.
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  • Website www.summerhall.co.uk/the-royal-dick/
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Spirited, friendly and engaging, the Royal Dick is a big part of the Summerhall buzz.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The Royal Dick acts as the cheerful beating heart of the various workshops, venues, studios and businesses that make up Edinburgh’s inimitable Summerhall complex. Indeed, it’s a primary outlet for some of them, serving both Barney’s beer and Pickering’s gin, both made a very short stone’s throw away. Being such a crucial part of a cultural hub brings a bubbling vibrancy to this former veterinary hospital, and as drinkers and diners are made equally welcome, sitting space for dinner can be hard to find. There’s a pubby feel to the menu, with a strong focus on quick bites and sandwiches, and a couple of main options thrown in for good measure. From the fryer, jalapeño poppers and puff pastry samosas make for moreish bar snacks, while a substantial brisket-filled Reuben or a comforting aubergine parmigiana might help sop up a beer or two (or three). There’s hardly a surfeit of sophistication to the cooking, but that’s ok, as the place itself beats with enough life to ensure a good time, all the time.

The List's rating
6.8

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Will Bain visited The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro on 24 January 2019
  • High point: Great beers, great gins, great folks, great place
  • Low point: Cheerful pub grub makes no nods towards refinement
  • Notable dish: The Royal Reuben – beef slow-cooked for 14 hours in Barney’s Porter, silverside pastrami, cheddar and pickles
  • Average price: £9.50 (lunch); £10.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 10, 15
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Poetry nights and Summerhall ticketed events
  • Capacity: 100 (60 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 15
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18 per bottle