Brandon's of Canonmills
- Telephone 0131 558 7080
- Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri 11am–1pm; Sat 10am–1pm; Sun 10am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–9.30pm; Sat/Sun 10am–9.30pm.
- Average price £13 (lunch); £14 (evening meal)
- Website brandonsofcanonmills.tumblr.com
One of the most impressively all-purpose pubs in Edinburgh, serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine, cocktails and rotating craft beer casks.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The pub formerly known as Cross & Corner has undergone a smart refurb, leaving it with a new name, new booths (the back room has a separate dining room menu now), pot plants, black ceilings and golden cornices. Cross & Corner had built up its own pretty loyal following, so thankfully some favourites remain (including an excellent sea buckthorn sorbet, served with gin), plus the staff and kitchen team. Brunch is served seven days a week, with new stacks available - a flavoursome potato cake, poached egg and hollandaise with veggie, fish or meat bits balanced on top. A goat’s cheese beignet with harissa mayo makes for a daintily presented brunch option, or there’s hake with chips, clams with pancetta and recommended open sandwiches, with wonderful Archipelago bread from Dundas Street. Desserts are on the steep side at £5-6 but then, Canonmills is so-hot-right-now, innit? This dog-friendly, child-friendly, neighbourhood haunt hasn’t lost any of its charms. In fact, it may even have grown some new ones.
- High point: Outstanding chips with truffle oil
- Low point: Expect occasional waits at weekend brunchtimes
- Notable dish: Pork and black pudding Scotch egg with apple chutney
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 60
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle