Guild of Foresters

Guild of Foresters
40 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1DA
  • Telephone 0131 669 2750
  • Seasonal times Occasional late licences ie Hogmanay
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 11am–9pm; Fri 11am–9.30pm; Sat 10am–9.30pm; Sun 10am–9pm.
  • Average price £18.50 (lunch); £18.50 (evening meal)
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A convivial pub with sound service, good food and a relaxed atmosphere, indoors and out.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

The Guild of Foresters may have stripped away much of the interior of its predecessor, the Foresters Arms, but it’s kept the welcoming ambience of a local pub. The brick walls and bucket seats give it a contemporary yet cosy feel, enhanced by fires in the winter and an open frontage in the summer. It’s got a buzzing atmosphere even on weeknights yet it’s still a comfortable place to bring the kids (until 8pm anyway). The menu features classic Scottish starters of ham hock terrine or liver parfait with oatcakes followed by the likes of pink lamb rump with dauphinoise potatoes, ribeye steaks, and slow-cooked pig cheeks. Pub classics come in two sizes, with the well-cooked and generous Peterhead haddock and chips a local favourite. Open all year round, the beer garden is not to be missed, with its colourful beach huts and synthetic grass making it almost as inviting as the nearby beach.

  • High point: A beer lover's paradise
  • Low point: Chef's specials a little hit and miss
  • Notable dish: Peterhead haddock and chips
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Live entertainment: Occasional acoustic sets - check Facebook
  • Capacity: 75 seated (30 outside)
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £15.50 per bottle