Apiary Restaurant

Apiary Restaurant
33 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR
  • Telephone 0131 668 4999
  • Seasonal times Summer: Mon–Thu open until 10pm from Jun–Sep
  • 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. Tables must be vacated by 7.15pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £15
  • Email
  • Website www.apiaryrestaurant.co.uk
Photo of Apiary Restaurant
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Birra Moretti

credit: Caitlin Cooke

Appealing Newington eatery which stands out from the bistro crowd thanks to eclectic menus packed full of flavour.

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The watchword of Edinburgh’s blossoming Three Birds group is eclecticism, and nowhere is this more evident than in the largest of its restaurants, Apiary. Here, eclectic features run through the restrained shabby-chic of the interior, the joviality of the service, and most definitely through the menu, which plays fast and loose with, well, all sorts of things. A fish scotch 'egg', for example, is eggless, stuffed instead with smoked mozzarella; saag aloo comes as gnocchi, and horseradish and white chocolate is an option on the ice-cream list. It’s an enticing read, and showcases what this wee chain is about; imagination with flavour. Occasionally there are issues with execution; the aforementioned fishy egg is a little dry, and grainy coconut cream sends an otherwise successful vegan pavlova awry. But when it works, it works. Fenugreek and amchoor lend heady spice to a venison haunch main, and a brisk little starter of pickled pear, paired with hazels and endive, is delicious. You can see why Apiary and her eclectic sisters have become so popular.

The List's rating






Will Bain visited Apiary Restaurant on 16 February 2019
  • High point: Fun to the flavours
  • Low point: When it works it works, and when it doesn't, it doesn't
  • Notable dish: Fenugreek-spiced venison haunch, saag aloo potato gnocchi, pak choi, amchoor soured cream
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £23 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic mix of pop
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
  • House wine: £16 per bottle