Cannonball Restaurant & Bar
- Telephone 0131 225 1550
- Seasonal times Festival: Mon–Sun 11am–10pm.
- Food served Tue–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5.30–7.30pm
- Average price £15 (set lunch); £27 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £15
- Website www.contini.com/contini-cannonball
Well-sourced Scottish food in an elegantly restored historic townhouse right at the top of the Royal Mile.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A bit of internal reworking in the first quarter of 2016 has seen historic Cannonball House, owned by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and run as a three-storey bar and restaurant by Victor and Carina Contini, take on a sleeker, more elegant tone with a greater whisky presence and a greater focus on lunch and dinner. Vintage tattoo posters line the stairs that lead from the street-level bagpipes to the Contini’s rarefication in the rafters. Try for a table with a castle view, but if not, no matter – others in the airy dining room have sea views over the Old Town rooftops. The menu of rich but contemporary dishes revolves around an exhaustive Scottish sourcing policy across seafood, meat, game, vegetables, cheese and even condiments. The street-level bar, now with a coveted corner seat offering views right down the Lawnmarket, has filling lunchtime plates including a tart with crowdie cheese and vegetables from the Continis' Kitchen Garden in Lasswade, lobster thermidor mac ‘n cheese as well as bar bites after 5pm and whisky tasting options. For the latter, there’s also now a special Glengoyne whisky room in the basement which offers an adaptable space for private dining or gatherings. [Not fully open for full review at time of going to press.]
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Scottish folk
- Capacity: 55
- Largest group: 74
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £22 per bottle
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