The Printing Press

The Printing Press
21–25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB
  • Telephone 0131 240 7177
  • Opening times Daily: noon–10.30pm.
  • Seasonal times Bar open till 2am during August
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11.30am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 7am–10am.
  • Pre-theatre times early dining menu runs from noon–6pm daily
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95
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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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The menu at this elegant George Street hotel-restaurant-bar is promising in its simplicity: three starters each of meat, veg and fish with the same again for mains, along with some steaks and burgers. A tiny starter of crab salad with fennel, radish and lime is fresh and zesty, but confit duck with Asian slaw and soy dressing is a rather soggy, salty mound of shredded meat and carrot. A pork chop with bacon, spelt and crispy kale is full of flavour; roast plaice with capers is let down by a burnt brown butter and the needless addition of a second fish. Drawing on the attached hotel for much of its business, this place buzzes on a busy night but can feel a little soulless at other times. The drinks list is extensive with a cocktail menu inspired by the building’s literary past (apparently Robert Burns used to drink here) and prices reflect its prized George Street location.

The List's rating






Chris Marks visited The Printing Press on 13 March 2018
  • High point: The classy brassy bar
  • Low point: The soggy-bottomed custard tart
  • Notable dish: Pork chop, bacon, onion spelt, kale
  • Average price: £15.95 (set lunch); £27.75 (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: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Lounge and covers
  • Live entertainment: Acoustic guitar over Sunday lunch
  • Capacity: 160 (15 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 84
  • Open since: October 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 29
  • House wine: £20 per bottle