Piper's Rest

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Piper's Rest
3 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1QW
  • Telephone 0131 285 5240
  • Seasonal times Edinburgh Festival and Christmas: food served until 11pm, bar open until 3am.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.spatchchicken.co.uk
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Charcoal & wood-fired chicken and burgers in a relaxed, rustic setting just off the Royal Mile.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Unsurprisingly, you’ll find that chicken is the main event at Spatch, although it's not all they have to offer in a refreshingly concise menu. Slap bang in the middle of town, the exposed bricks and sloping skylights are enough to make you forget all about the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile outside. If you’re stopping in for a quick bite their punny burger menu includes a Cluck Norris (breaded chicken topped with slow-cooked bbq chicken) and the Kevin Double Bacon (traditional bacon double cheese burger). Treat yourself (and possibly someone else) to one of their sharing platters to get a little bit of everything: wings, half a marinated chicken, slow-cooked ribs, slaw and corn all make for a well-cooked feast. It might be tempting to skip the side dishes with such a bounty, but make sure to check out their ultra-Scottish haggis fritters served with Irn Bru chilli jam. If you’ve room for dessert the orange sorbet (accompanied by a rich chocolate torte) is a refreshing reviver to set you on your way.

The List's rating






Jason Campbell Thomson visited Piper's Rest on 7 February 2019
  • High point: Getting lost in the meat platter
  • Low point: Bringing a vegetarian friend
  • Notable dish: Meat feast sharing platter
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £20 (dinner)

The best thing to happen to chickens since feathers, is now open on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Barn reared Scottish chickens are spatched and then charcoal fired on our custom-made rotisserie in the centre of the restaurant – adding the perfect natural hint of smoke to our self-basting birds.

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  • Delivery: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/edinburgh/old-town/spatch
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic indie/pop
  • Capacity: 80 (20 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle