The Flying Dog
The gentrification of the Shore area’s grimy old pubs continues in the direction of Great Junction Street with this radical refurbishment of a spit ‘n’ sawdust old boozer now lost to history. In its place, after a four-month refurbishment, stands an elegant and homely new bar and diner. Bright, open and wooden-floored, the Flying Dog aims for quality and a haven-like atmosphere, while not neglecting the origins of the venue – former barflies here who wander in by accident will be treated to a strong wine list, an ever-growing range of bottled American beers and the Flying Dog’s own Belhaven-brewed lager. There are two filling food specialities: the house hot dog, served with a variety of slaws, cheese and hot sauces; and the smorrebrod Danish open soda bread sandwiches, as American as their wider discovery at the 1939 New York World Fair. At time of writing it’s a brand new opening, but one which seems admirably in control of the image it wants to present.
- High point: One of the few chances to try distinctive Danish open sandwiches in Edinburgh
- Low point: It must be sheer confusion to wander in as a former local here
- Notable dish: The Flying Dog, topped with chilli, cheese and jalapeno peppers.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Relaxed country music.
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 55
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle