Apiary Restaurant

Apiary Restaurant
33 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR
  • Telephone 0131 668 4999
  • Seasonal times Summer: Mon–Thu open until 10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 10am–3pm, 5.30–9pm; Fri 10am–3pm, 5.30–10pm; Sat 10am–4pm, 5–10pm; Sun 10am–4pm, 5–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5.30–7.15pm; Sat–Sun 5–7.15pm. Note: the 7.15pm is not order placed – its meal eaten and left.
  • Average price £10 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15
  • Email
  • Website www.apiaryrestaurant.co.uk
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Appealing Newington eatery striving to stand out from the bistro crowd with eclectic menus packed full of punchy flavours.

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​There’s​ ​a​ ​buzz​ ​about​ ​this​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with​ ​bees.​ ​The​ ​warm ​atmosphere​ ​lend​s ​itself​ ​to​ ​lingering​ ​lunches,​ ​family​ ​get​ -togethers,​ ​and​ ​romantic dinners​ ​huddled​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cosy​ ​booths.​ ​High​ ​ceilings,​ ​mismatched​ ​chairs,​ ​and​ ​natural​ ​light​ ​give this​ ​airy​ ​bistro​ ​a​ ​comfortable,​ ​casual​ ​feel.​ ​Well​-​priced​ ​lunch,​ ​brunch,​ ​and​ ​pre-theatre​ ​menus offer​ ​exceptional​ ​value​ ​while​ ​dinner​ ​features​ ​ever​-​changing​ ​specials​ ​and​ ​giant​ ​sharing​ ​plates. The​ ​kitchen​ ​produces​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​range​ ​of​ ​international​ ​dishes​ ​highlighting​ ​the​ ​well​-sourced ingredients.​ ​Corn​ ​pakoras​ ​are​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​vehicle​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chilli​ ​jam​ ​which​ ​accompanies them​ ​while​ spicy​ ​red​ ​Thai​ ​chicken​ ​isn’t​ ​shy​ ​of​ ​a​ ​chilli​ ​or​ ​two.​ ​A ​generous​ ​haunch​ ​of venison​ ​is​ ​tenderly​ ​pink​ ​and​ ​expertly​ ​cooked,​ ​paired​ ​well​ ​with​ ​a​ ​mound​ ​of​ ​creamed​ ​kale​ ​and artichoke​ ​mash.​ ​Desserts​ ​are​ ​big​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​share​ ​and​ ​feature​ ​a​ ​host​ ​of​ ​intriguing​ ​ice​-​cream flavours​ ​commissioned​ ​by​ ​the​ ​restaurant​ ​from​ ​Langshaw​ ​Farm.​ ​If​ ​you’re​ ​feeling​ ​adventurous, try​ ​the​ ​white​ ​chocolate​ ​and​ ​horseradish​ ​or​ ​​blue​ ​cheese varieties,​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​forget​ ​to​ ​cast​ ​your​ ​vote on​ ​the​ ​marmite​ ​ice​-cream: ​you'll either ​love​ ​it​ ​or​ ​hate​ ​it.

  • High point: Eclectic,​ ​modern,​ ​and​ ​experimental​ ​dishes​
  • Low point: When the menu says spicy, it means spicy
  • Notable dish: ​ ​The​ ​quirky​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​fresh​ ​ice​-​creams​ ​from​ ​Langshaw​ ​Farm
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Chilled playlists
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
  • House wine: £15 per bottle