The Flying Dog
This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
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