City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


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City centre
110 Rose Street,
Edinburgh EH2 3JF
Restaurant Photos
Element Dining restaurant Edinburgh
Restaurant profile
Edinburgh Area: 
New Town, Edinburgh
Serving times: 
Food served, Mon-Sun: 10:00-22:00 Bar hours, Mon-Sat: 11:00-01:00; Sun: 12:30-1:00
(0131) 225 3297

The pedestrianised, cobbled Rose Street is ideal for a leisurely stroll, lined with smart boutiques, bistros and bars, with a diverse choice whether for a few pints with the lads or cool classy cocktails.

Element (between Frederick and Castle Street), offers a casually sophisticated ambience to suit all drinkers as well as doubling as a gastropub. Step inside to find a large island bar, high tables and stools, then further on is the dining area - stunningly designed like a cosy lounge of a Country Inn: blue panelled walls, soft tweed armchairs, polished tan wood, vintage curios, artwork and quirky art deco lamps. A Mural of Edinburgh’s iconic cityscape features Greyfriars Bobby, Arthur’s Seat and Royal Mile.

This is a hidden gem for a relaxing pit stop to enjoy a feast of good homely food and your favourite tipple or two – all day Brunch and traditional Sunday Roast lunch are a speciality.

The Reviews


It's Brunch time all day here, offering a tasty, healthy feast of seriously good food and drink.

Reviewed by Vivien Devlin

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 6:21pm

The query, “Are you sitting comfortably?" is sure to be greeted with a positive response. The soft cushioned armchairs and banquette around the walls are well designed to entice diners to linger longer over a leisurely meal.

You could imagine Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, lounging on high backed wing armchairs here as they ponder a curious crime case, over Venison stew and a single malt... "Elementary, my dear Watson".

So, all settled, let's begin. Around midday on a winter afternoon, cosy and comfortable, Ken and I browse the All Day Menu. This covers both Lunch (soup, Ploughman’s platter, Croque Monsieur, Chicken, homely desserts), and also Brunch, served 10am to 5pm daily which is a most sensible concept: classic and contemporary dishes such as the full Scottish (Crombie’s sausages, black pudding, haggis, egg, tattie scone, et al), and Eggs Benedict any which way you fancy with ham, smoked salmon or spinach.

After a month of Dry January and Veganuary to encourage us all into a fitness regime, Ken ordered the Vegan Breakfast: a healthy combination of meat free sausages, haggis, home made baked beans, mushrooms, tomato and a mound of scrambled tofu. This has the pale yellow colour and fluffy texture of the real egg version, and very tasty indeed.

I selected another healthy Brunch dish, Smashed avocado jazzed up with chipotle flakes on toast, topped with two poached eggs. This was oh so delectable – the creamy, vibrant green superfood spread thickly on chunky ciabatta toast over which drizzles the rich golden yolk. Other "On Toast" options are ‘hummus, roasted red pepper, halloumi’, & ‘scrambled egg and smoked salmon’.

The flexible menu means you can mix and match, adding sides to create your own brekkie feast – such as bacon, black pudding, sausage, as well as Chips - irresistable!. So we shared a portion of long thick fries, perfect crispy skin around soft flaky potato.

Bubbly and Brunch cocktails are warmly recommended including the essential Bloody Mary as the ideal accompaniment. This is shaken up according to your taste, based on a 5 - 10, medium to hot, Tabasco score.

After 5pm, the Dinner menu takes over with Starters (Thai fish cake, ham hock terrine), followed by lots of mains – steak, cassoulet, venison stew, Haddock & chips, and Perthshire Beef Burgers (with optional cheese, bacon or haggis on the side); fruit crumble, ice-creams. The wine list is well priced from around £18 a bottle (South African Chenin Blanc/ Merlot), international beers, (Scotland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Mexico), spirits and house cocktails. The "One o’clock Gun" sounds like a colourful concoction of Bourbon, Laphroaig, Torrino Rosso, Campari, which will surely fire a shot!

Morning, noon and night, you will be in your element here, to enjoy imaginatively devised dishes and reinvented pub favourites with style, complemented by a fine choice of drinks.

Stop Press: Element is part of the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival, 5 – 25 February, 2018 offering a special menu: £20 for 2 courses, £25 for 3 courses celebrating fine Scottish cuisine with an optional whisky flight per course.