Barnacles & Bones

Barnacles & Bones
Cathedral Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3JQ
  • Telephone 07736 281893
  • Opening times Wed & Thu 11am–8pm; Fri & Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–4pm, closed Mon & Tue. Closed Mon–Tue.
  • Food served Wed–Thu 11.30am–8pm; Fri/Sat 11.30am–9pm; Sun 11.30am–4pm; closed Mon/Tue.
  • Average price £7.50 (meal deal - main, sweet and drink); £7 (evening meal)
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Barnacles & Bones

Soulful Scottish street food served with skill from a converted police box.

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Set amongst the trees on the pedestrianised area in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Barnacles & Bones serves up soulful Scottish street food from a converted police box. The process is simple: choose between crab in lemon mayo, sourced straight from the boat in Fife, or slow-cooked, hand-pulled short rib beef from Bower’s butcher in Stockbridge. Then, choose how you want it served: on tarragon-salted fries, in a Manna House roll-of-the-day, or with quinoa and rocket salad. With daily specials like crab mac ’n’ cheese and sweet things like chocolate brownies, there’s an impressive amount of food coming out of a seriously small space -– think Doctor Who’s TARDIS as a quality fast food joint. Of course it’s weather-dependent – the box serves largely as a takeaway when it’s wet and windy – but on a good day it’s the perfect place to grab some great grub and watch the world go by.

  • High point: Soulful Scottish street food served with skill
  • Low point: The experience is very weather-dependent.
  • Notable dish: Crab in lemon mayo on tarragon-salted fries
  • Delivery: Via Deliveroo
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: Currently 2 stools, but plans to introduce tables and chairs in April 2016, for up to 12 diners
  • Open since: 2015
  • BYOB: