The Lioness of Leith
- Telephone 0131 629 0580
- Opening times Mon–Thu noon–1am; Fri & Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–12.30am.
- Seasonal times Open till 3am Fri/Sat during Edinburgh Fringe and Christmas/New Year
- Bar open Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun–Thu 11am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–9pm.
- Average price £14 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
This Leith favourite could be lifted up and plonked down in hipster-filled Brooklyn and not look out of place.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Few pub transformations are executed as skilfully as that of Duke Street’s Lioness of Leith. Reinvented in 2013, its dark stone interior is enlivened by a bewildering array of eye-catching decoration including a glitterball, chandelier, mounted fake animal heads and trails of pretty white lights. The extensive menu changes seasonally and is very much in gastropub territory with starters including chilli-shredded pork empanada and salt and pepper squid with tempura prawns. There’s organic pie of the day, burger of the day and meaty temptations such as Toulouse sausage casserole, though veggie, vegan and gluten-free options are available and well labelled. The Lioness has a solid range of noteworthy beers including three guest taps and their own Lioness beer (a light, hoppy Belhaven-brewed lager), nearly 50 different cocktails which are particularly popular during weekend brunch and a Majestic-supplied wine list that is pretty decent.
- High point: A beacon of colourful light in a sea of grim boozers
- Low point: The seating can be a little austere
- Notable dish: Pork schnitzel
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: An eclectic mix from Etta James to Bowie
- Live entertainment: Sunday night acoustic sessions
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 100 (40 if eating)
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle