Quay Commons

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Quay Commons
92 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
  • Telephone 0131 677 0244
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended hours
  • Food served Mon–Wed 8am–6pm; Thu/Fri 8am–11pm; Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9am–6pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.quaycommons.co
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Quay Commons

An intriguing development from the people behind the Gardener's cottage: part prep space, part wine shop, part café, part butchery, part bistro.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This multi-functional site at Leith’s Commercial Quay is a butchers, bakery and prep space, a daytime café, evening bistro and wine shop. The clean, bright and simple interior is industrial in feel, with off-whites and polished concrete flooring. The menu features their fabulous sourdough, including as a toasted bacon sarnie or topped with creamy avocado. A sweet baked-goods counter displays fresh pastries and alluring cakes, like moist elderflower and gooseberry; all perfect accompaniments to a well-executed Williams and Johnson coffee. From noon to night, sharing platters feature delicacies like octopus, or heartier dishes like meat pie, with appealing daily specials. Carefully selected wines are available as off-sales, or can be opened there and then for a £10 corkage fee. It’s all simple and delicious, sourced from top local and ethical suppliers, in a stylish yet informal setting at affordable prices. Look out for their pasta and wine nights too.

The List's rating






Tara Klein visited Quay Commons on 30 June 2017
  • High point: An informal setting for well-executed, simple food
  • Low point: The granola could pack more flavour
  • Notable dish: Sourdough dishes
  • Average price: £14 (lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Record player and chilled music
  • Capacity: 30 (15 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2017 (19th June)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £19 (including £10 corkage) per bottle

Reviews & features

Best ways to celebrate Scottish food and drink during the festivities

16 Nov 2017

Fred Berkmiller, Scott Smith, Paul Kitching and others share their tips on celebrating local produce

With such a rich larder right on our doorstep, we've asked nine local chefs how we can make the most of Scottish food and drink over the festive period. From whisky to salmon, here's what they recommend. Fred Berkmiller, l'escargot bleu and l'escargot…

Breakfast ideas for New Year's Day

16 Nov 2017

Smoked salmon, french toast, haggis and Bloody Marys to help a sore head

If you've seen it through to the bells and partied until the wee hours, you'll be in need of a hearty breakfast for your first meal of 2018. Or if you've planned a quiet one, then even more reason to get up sharp and celebrate New Year's Day with a…

Christmas dinner: to turkey or not to turkey?

16 Nov 2017

Rib roasts, haggis and 'tofurkey' are great alternatives to Christmas Turkey, say these Scottish chefs

For some of us, Turkey will always be the centrepiece to our Christmas table. But, if tradition's never really been your thing then these tips from chefs across Edinburgh and Glasgow should help you find a tasty alternative to try out this year. Fred…

Quay Commons: a bold move towards simplicity

5 Sep 2017

Tara Klein finds a new venture from the team behind the Gardener's Cottage stands out for its simplicity and seasonality

It's safe to say the Gardener's Cottage took Edinburgh by storm when it burst onto the scene back in 2012. While the city was no stranger to the concept of the tasting menu, the Cottage offered something altogether different: a no-choice set menu of…