The Flying Dog

The Flying Dog
24 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6BS
  • Telephone 0131 467 7712
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.30pm.
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £10 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.theflyingdogedinburgh.co.uk
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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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