Sometimes, a coffee and cake just doesn’t quite do it. Something a bit more substantial is needed. And that is where New Town’s bars and restaurants come in. And, good reader, there are so, so many of them. We’ve narrowed it down to four here for you to take a look at, but this is just a taster. There’s a whole long and tasty buffet there just waiting to be sampled.
Whighams is an intimate wine cellar bar that is high on the romance and low on the pretention. As you might expect, the wine selection is a dream for anybody who’s a fan of the magical grape juice, but don’t shy away from the exquisite food menu. Leaning heavily towards the seafood variety (though not exclusively), this beautiful bar has got class written all over it.
The Oxford Bar may sound like it belongs slightly south of the border, but this unassuming little bar holds an important part in Edinburgh’s literary history. A fan of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series? If so, you’ll know that this is John Rebus’s favourite pub in all of Edinburgh. And don’t be surprised to see Ian Rankin himself propped up at the bar enjoying a pint. Come on in. Pull up a stool! Breathe in the legend.
The Table is a dining experience like none other in the city. With just one table in the whole restaurant, two chefs cater modern European dishes for up to ten people in what has to be one of the best places to eat in town. It is fine dining and booking is essential, but don’t let that put you off. This is…amazing! You will never forget that you dined at The Table.
The Cumberland Bar has a proper, old fashioned pub feel to it. And we love it! With a great beer garden and a super selection of ales to enjoy, what more could you possibly want? Food? Well, it’s a good job that they have top quality in that department too. If you’re a meat eater, you have to go for the beef Sunday lunch. A pure classic. This is how pubs are supposed to be. Comfortable, atmospheric and friendly. You won’t be disappointed.
And our secret tip?
Panda & Sons is one of a few ‘secret’ bars in the capital and this one is a stunner. It might look like a barber shop from the outside, but look a little closer and venture down the stairs. You might just be in for one heck of a surprise. Voted one of the top 50 bars in the world….And it doesn’t exist (wink!).