White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar

White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar
White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar
266 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA
  • Telephone 0131 629 5300
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10.30pm
  • Email
  • Website www.whitehorseoysterbar.co.uk
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Oysters make a welcome return to the High Street, accompanied by all sorts of fishy delights in this laid-back bar/restaurant.

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When the White Horse pub first opened in 1742, oysters were cheap and plentiful and standing in the evocative Canongate today it’s not hard to imagine the carts pushed by Newhaven fishwives which sold bivalves by the dozen up and down the Royal Mile. Fast forward to the 21st century and oysters are at the heart of the White Horse – and they can still be affordable food for the masses, particularly if you arrive in time for the ‘buck a shuck’ happy hour (Mon–Thu 4–6pm). Sipping a glass of bubbles at the elegant bar while slurping on oysters with friends is certainly an appealing post-work wind-down. Through in the dining room, contemporary décor of dark grey, wood and stone with minimalist mariner touches echoes the seafood theme. Share a platter or a few small plates to sample the carefully sourced seafood, almost all from British waters. There are plump monkfish skewers with satay sauce; chargrilled octopus with ponzu; enormous crisp prawn tempura with wasabi mayonnaise; scotch-bonnet cured salmon, and sesame tuna, plus a handful of main dishes. A small but interesting lunch menu rounds things off nicely too.

The List's rating






Claire Ritchie visited White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar on 7 January 2018
  • High point: Well-sourced seafood in elegant, unhurried surroundings
  • Low point: Ordering too many plates to fit on the table
  • Notable dish: Full house - half lobster, mussels, clams, dressed crab and legs, oysters, salmon, tuna tartare
  • Average price: £17 (lunch); £27 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary tunes
  • Capacity: 55
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
  • House wine: £21 per bottle

Reviews & features

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the 25th edition of the Eating & Drinking Guide and its 2018 award winners

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide, published on 18 April 2018 with coverage of almost 1000 food and drink venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018.