City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

A Room in Leith

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The wood panelled bistro of A Room in Leith
Restaurant profile
Edinburgh Area: 
Leith and Leith Walk
Serving times: 
Mon-Fri: 12:00-14:30. 17.30-22.00 Sat-Sun: 12:00-15:30. 17.30-22.00.
(0131) 554 7427
Restaurant Established: 

Formerly Skippers, this is the newly expanded "A Room in Leith", having moved a few yards from the original address on the waterfront it shared with Teuchter’s Landing, with outdoor patio and pontoon seating, it's the place for beers, wines and pub grub.

Across the cobbled lane, the old Bistro has been redesigned to create a cosy wood-panelled room at the front and sunny Conservatory next door. The theme is utterly, completely Scottish, from the selection of malt whiskies, a shelf of books by Rankin, Banks and Brookmyre, to the extensive menu of seafood, haggis, steak and game - all fresh, seasonal locally-sourced good food.

The Reviews


Fine Scottish Oysters (and steak, haggis, fish & chips etc.) down by the Shore in Leith

Reviewed by Vivien Devlin

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 5:36pm

After seeing a movie matinee at Ocean Terminal Vue cinema, my partner Ken and I walked around the corner to Dock Place for supper: our (dining) Room in Leith for the evening.

We were given a cosy corner table beside the bookshelf and whisky, and studied the menu. The detailed information of produce is superb: provenance, pescatarian and vegetarian dishes, and whisky/ wine suggestions to match food/drink.

Under the section, Leith Favourites, I could not resist the Loch Creran Oysters from Argyll. I just had three but these plump salty morsels were sufficient, perfectly married with a slice of thick white bread and salted butter.

Ken selected the Herb potato scone with a tomato, butterbean and roasted aubergine stew dotted with crispy brioche crouton and a slab of Inverloch goats cheese. A hearty starter but quickly consumed. So good to see an inventively composed vegetarian dish.

Meanwhile, we sipped a glass or two of the House Red Wine, Baron D’Arignac Rouge, Vin de Pays, France. (Tasting note: Fresh nose, mellow and rounded, soft and lightly fruity). Our waiter added her description, “Very Quaffable!” Yes it sure is.

Next I had a grilled Coley fillet with several Shetland king scallops on top, all sitting on a bed of tiny new crushed potatoes, tender artichokes and a lightly drizzled pool of creamy leek sauce.

Across the table, Ken was enjoying a Baked wild mushroom, pea and spinach Bridie, with vegetarian black pudding, roasted courgettes and butternut squash puree.

This was a generous portion and described as a tasty feast. Vegetarian black pudding? – not like a savoury sausage, but with a sweet, flowery flavour. But like Veggie haggis, superb to find veggie black pudding.

To accompany these main courses, a bowl of potatoes, broccoli, carrots and green beans was placed on the table to share. This does seem very old fashioned and I already had potatoes on my plate. The chef could perhaps instead add a few selective vegetables to vary and distinguish each dish.

To finish we shared a single platter of Scottish cheese – Crowdie, Morangie Brie, Applewood smoked and a Cheddar. Excellent choice, served with rye and wheat crackers.

With an eclectic music mix on the soundtrack (Scottish folk, vintage pop, blues), there was a warm and happy ambience. Next door in the Conservatory was a large party of Australians, and near us an American family. City visitors had clearly found their way here.

As Teuchters Landing is just over the road, diners may bring over a pint or pitcher of Draught beer, as it’s not available at the Bistro. Verdict: Friendly, welcoming staff, seriously fine Scottish cuisine. Take a trip down to Leith very soon!