Cannonball Restaurant & Bar
- Telephone 0131 225 1550
- Opening times Tue–Sat noon–10pm; closed Mon & Sun.
- Seasonal times Festival: Mon–Sun 11am–10pm.
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–3pm, 5.30–9.45pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Website www.contini.com/contini-cannonball
Well-sourced Scottish food in an elegantly restored historic former school, right at the top of the Royal Mile.
It’s taken Carina and Victor Contini a wee bit of time to figure out how best to use this iconic space, with earlier incarnations including an ice-cream parlour and casual café. Things have now settled on a Scottish/Italian-flavoured bistro, whisky bar and large private dining room, all making the most of being an actual stone’s throw from Edinburgh castle. Staff are as well-drilled on the building’s history (a former primary school, now owned by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo) as the menu, which makes for an interesting side-dish. They are rightly proud of their five-course Taste of Scotland menu too, which showcases the Continis’ exemplary approach to sourcing. This menu changes regularly but expect smoked salmon, Scottish beef and a flavour-packed soup to feature. The cheese course steals the show though: generous slices, served with homemade oatcakes and chutney, their own honeycomb and honey-spiced almonds. The care given to a simple cheese plate shows a more casual approach to dining will be equally rewarding; fish and chips followed by Alice’s (the resident ghost) knickerbocker glory will also allow diners to appreciate everything Cannonball is about.
- Private dining: Up to 42 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Live entertainment: Music and events in bar
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- House wine: £23 per bottle
- BYOB: (BYOB Wednesday only – no corkage)
Reviews & features
Cannonball toasts World Whisky Day with Glengoyne event16 May 2017
What better way to spend the day than sampling the finest single malts on Edinburgh's Royal Mile
Lovers of Scotland's national drink can enjoy a free dram on World Whisky Day, with the compliments of Edinburgh's Cannonball Restaurant & Bar. The Royal Mile favourite has teamed up with Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky to run an…
Restaurant review: Victor & Carina Contini Caffè & Cannonball23 Sep 2014
Italian-Scots food hub on the Royal Mile brings quality food to tourist trail
Carina and Victor Contini do projects like ducks do water. Or maybe, in fact, swans: a slightly confusing identity at first, plenty of paddling beneath the surface, but ultimately graceful and distinguished. Since decoupling from Valvona & Crolla ten…