This restaurant has ceased trading.

54–55 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EJ
  • Telephone 0131 225 6936
  • Opening times Mon–Sat noon–1am; Sun 10.30am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Late festival opening, Fri/Sat only
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun 10.30am–10pm.
  • Average price Soup of the day, corn bread and any plate priced £7 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
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Quite why this new for 2015 city centre cocktail bar and restaurant has named itself after Enlightenment geologist James Hutton’s farm near Duns in Berwickshire isn’t clear, but it was going to have to make an impression after taking over from long-standing vodka-drinkers' haunt Bar Kohl. The owners, Shilling Group, owned the latter before it was made defunct and – whisper it – the change is for the better. Their repertoire of renovated neighbourhood bars around the city have gained a reputation for doing most things pretty well, but Slighhouse seems to be the first example of their vision becoming a reality. From their fun cocktail list and well-chosen drinks selection (bourbons are a favourite, and their craft beers come in schooners) to the tightly designed and well-executed list of sharing food plates and the striking stone and neon design of the place, it takes Shilling’s previous efforts to another level. Cooked in the long open kitchen, the food is an unashamed highlight of the experience, including crisp, paprika-peppered pig's ears served in a bag like crisps, cubed pork belly served skewered with confit figs, and breaded salt cod dumplings served with fried chorizo and beetroot.

  • High point: Contemporary trends in bar food shaken up with confidence
  • Low point: The inevitable over-ordering – start with a couple of plates and see how you get on
  • Notable dish: Spatchcock jerk poussin, cucumber, chilli and yoghurt
  • Average price: Soup of the day, corn bread and any plate priced £7 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Occasional DJs.
  • Capacity: 140
  • Largest group: 15
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £17 per bottle