Boston & Hawthorne

Boston & Hawthorne
50 Dean Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LQ
  • Telephone 0131 261 5126
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 6pm–1am; Thu–Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Wed 6pm–10pm, Thu–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.bostonandhawthorne.com
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Boston & Hawthorne

Just off Stockbridge's main drag, this quirky curiosities and oddities bar offers affordable cocktails and Italian-style street food.

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The former Raeburn Bar has been given something of a rebrand. Although still sharing a little leftover décor with its predecessor, walls have been stripped back to expose stone and the cabinets are now filled with a whole host of oddities. A three-headed mouse, an illustration of the devil from the Codex Gigas (that’s the devil’s bible to me and you) and yes, a jarred baby feature amongst many antiques. The food offering is equally unique. ‘Historical’ Etruscan, Roman, Neapolitan and Sicilian-style banquets can be pre-ordered for up to ten people (complete with jugs of mead), while walk-ins pick away at Italian street food. House arancini arrives on a bed of purée, supposedly fennel and it's a pity the wild boar sausages aren't full-sized, though dunking pizza crusts into garlic butter is a real gluttonous treat. By cutting out the middleman, the wines are perhaps the cheapest in Stockbridge and their pizza and wine weekend deal is a real steal – if you're on a tight budget this could be the spot for you.

  • High point: Tasty cocktails at a decent price
  • Low point: Though locally sourced, food is fairly basic
  • Notable dish: Proscuitto ham, rocket, balsamic, lemon & parmesan pizza
  • Average price: £12 (lunch); £12 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 1920's swing through to 1980's rock.
  • Live entertainment: Monday quiz night.
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: March 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £14.15 per bottle