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
  • Email
  • Website www.printingpressedinburgh.co.uk
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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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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
6.6

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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