The Black Hoof

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The Black Hoof
171 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2EB
  • Telephone 07910888244
  • Food served Tue–Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–6pm. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £13.50 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
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Well-stocked Spanish deli and takeaway specialising in quality Iberian ham, with a handful of tables for tapas-style grazing. BYOB.

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Located on Dalry Road, the Black Hoof is a multi-function wholesale/deli/takeaway/tapas operation. Run by the indefatigable Carlos, an ex-pat Catalan who has cooked his way around the globe, it’s a one-man mission to bring top-quality Iberian cured meats to Edinburgh. For those after a quick refuel there are made-to-order bocadillo (baguettes filled with Spanish specialities) to sit-in or takeaway, while the tapas menu has a dozen or so dishes to linger over. A good-value daily tapas menu offers Spanish tomato bread, ham and olives, along with a selection of 3 tapas and a dessert. However, it’s the hand-carved, acorn-fed Iberian ham that is the main draw here and Carlos will happily wax lyrical about the production, provenance and quality of his beloved jamón. A weekly masterclass offers the chance to learn more and to sample their selection, with optional tapas meal to follow. With the added attraction of BYOB, the Black Hoof may have just cracked the recipe for an unusual, educational and tasty group night out.

  • High point: Exceptional Spanish meats and cheese
  • Low point: Not so great for vegetarians
  • Notable dish: Acorn fed Iberian ham
  • Average price: £13.50 (set lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Spanish pop
  • Live entertainment: Weekly masterclass evenings with optional tapas dinner
  • Capacity: 16
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2017
  • BYOB: £1 corkage