The Mad Hatter

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The Mad Hatter
8 Torphichen Place, Edinburgh, EH3 8DU
  • Telephone 0131 228 6852
  • Bar open Mon/Tue 4pm–midnight; Wed/Thu 4pm–1am; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 4–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Tue 4–9.30pm; Wed–Sun noon–9.30pm.
  • Average price £15 (evening meal)
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The Mad Hatter is a cosy, friendly wee pub, handy for Haymarket and a bit of a find in an area that's not particularly well-served for decent boozers.

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An unusual premises in an odd part of town, the Mad Hatter has taken a small, low-ceilinged, L-shaped room and turned it into a commendably cosy little destination pub thanks to a brightening makeover. The second establishment run by the team behind Tollcross’ versatile local the Cuckoo’s Nest, it does a bit of everything without over-reaching. The cocktail and wine lists are reasonably well stocked and the food menu offers contemporary pub food at not unreasonable prices, while there’s a pub quiz every Wednesday, a for-hire function area and overspill bar called the White Room downstairs, and a very reasonable lunch deal of salad or panini and sides. Local office workers and those commuting from Haymarket might want to take note of its presence.

  • High point: An oasis in an area not well served by bars
  • Low point: So hidden away you might miss it
  • Notable dish: Cumberland sausage with mash and onion gravy.
  • Average price: £15 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £16 per bottle