The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
21–25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB
  • Telephone 0131 240 7177
  • Opening times Daily: noon–10.30pm.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11.30am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 7am–1am.
  • Pre-theatre times early dining menu runs from noon–7pm daily (not December).
  • Average price £18 (set lunch); £28 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £18
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The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

Lively and classy George Street venue with a commendable focus on good food and good times.

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As statements go, this splashy refurb of the former Tempus into a 160-seat bar and restaurant is a bold one. Food’s available from breakfast through to bar nibbles till 1am, with the aim of putting eating front and centre of the George Street experience. Doubtless some of this has been planned round the needs of the George Hotel’s guests, but there’s no whiff of the moribund hotel restaurant here. The space is classy and sassy, with a menu based round Scottish produce. Pleasingly that means a strong focus on game, as well as the familiar trinity of salmon/seafood/beef. Well-cooked scallops are in danger of being overwhelmed by a mountain of barley flavoured with squid ink, while a better-balanced langoustine thermidor tart is oozy and rich. Lamb pie is (welcomingly) simpler – a perfect winter dish – while tender partridge gets an overwhelming hit of spice from its accompanying red cabbage. Desserts are home-made, with a marmalade steamed pudding stealing the show. Although there are a few teething problems, it seems the Printing Press has hit the ground running, with an ambition as bright and clear as its twinkling chandeliers.

  • High point: Lots of lovely game
  • Low point: Which means there's not much choice for veggies
  • Average price: £18 (set lunch); £28 (dinner)

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a late bar serving food and drink till 1am.

Housed in a Georgian townhouse on George Street, The Printing Press pays homage to the capital’s rich literary heritage whilst offering relaxed dining in an elegant, all-day restaurant that champions seasonal, Scottish produce. The Printing Press has been developed by one of London’s most respected restaurateurs, Des McDonald.

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  • No. overnight rooms: 249
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop and soul
  • Capacity: 160
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: October 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £20 per bottle