Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar

Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar
57–61 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB
  • Telephone 0131 558 8304
  • Opening times Shop: Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12:30–10pm.
  • Bar open Bar: Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight. Shop: Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
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A beer bar turned bottle shop that holds its own as a cask ale heavyweight in the city.

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The spot on Blackfriars Street where Salt Horse now stands has been a notable one since the days of the rough, ready and very popular Black Bo’s. While the new incumbent is in many ways the opposite of the old Bo’s – neat, tidy and with decidedly upmarket appeal – the basic mission of going out to enjoy a beer in convivial surroundings hasn’t changed. Except now Salt Horse has more than 300 of them to choose from, either in two-thirds of a pint glasses from one of the twelve regularly changing beer taps or in bottles or cans from the attached beer shop next door, which also has a section of more café-style seating. The kitchen has been outsourced to burger company Meat Stack, who do a short and simple but effective list of beef burgers (paneer is the vegetarian option). These are rare beasts indeed, in that they aren't stacked higher than a human mouth can open. Brie-topped hot buffalo wings and beef dripping fries fill up on the side for a very reasonable price.

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David Pollock visited Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar
  • High point: A beer selection which could take years to get through
  • Low point: The beer focus is so intense you can’t even get a coffee
  • Notable dish: Cheeseburger with haggis, crispy onions, chippy sauce and honey
  • Average price: £12 for burger, fries and chicken wings (weekends only); £13.50 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Through Deliveroo or Uber Eat.
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 35 in the bar; 20 in the shop; 24 outside.
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £18 red, £22 white. per bottle
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