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The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh,

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

4.1
4.1
310 Reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
Occupying the former home of Susan Ferrier – the equal of Jane Austen according to Sir Walter Scott – The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen pays homage to its illustrious heritage, whilst offering relaxed dining for how we live now.

We have been inspired by Scotland’s larder, the warmth of its people and Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage to create an all-day restaurant and late-night bar that is a beacon of nourishment and hospitality. Take a peek at our menus.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:30 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Phone number

    0131 240 7177

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Edinburgh

  • Cross street

    George Street and Hanover Street

  • Parking details

    17-minute walk from NCP Castle Terrace

  • Public transit

    7-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 310 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SW

    StewartW

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was expensive and mediocre, nothing like meals we have had there before. 7 eating but only 3 had starters which were served at same time as the mains for the others, then we got our mains when the others were already finished, was bizarre way to serve a meal
  2. F

    Foodie

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Really Really disappointing. Had high hopes for this restaurant. Had cod & duck for mains, served lukewarm Duck portion tiny, two small pieces of duck. Service was slow and at times non existant. Tbe cheese plates saved the meal. Lots of guests looking around to get drinks/ pay bills etc Would not recommend.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Very cold inside
  4. AA

    AlisonA

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The service was OK but after we arrived it did get busy. We arrived for lunch & the waiter only brought drinks menu/wine list initially. The food was very good but I had the linguine & the portion was a bit small, especially compared to my friends burger and fish
  5. s

    scottl

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was good with the exception of the ristotto had to be returned and the second attempt to serve did not resolve the issue. Would question dog friendly as ambience was ruined by barking dog. This should be monitored and owners reminded of dog behaviour eitquette
  6. a

    allie

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible restaurant! Gorgeous building/dining room. Impeccable service. Everything was SO delicious from drinks to starters to dessert. Thank you so much for such a lovely evening. If we lived in Edinburgh we would be back regularly. Truly a stellar experience.
  7. VP

    VickiP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    At this place apparently the duck can only be served pink ("like, very very pink") or well done. This was the first thing that really baffled me, and it was actually pretty funny, but I have never heard such a thing for such a fancy lookin place to not be able to cook a duck properly. It really makes no sense because surely you put duck in the oven, and after 30 minutes, it's pink, 50 minutes, it's well done, so why not take it out at 40??? This was the first problem. The second issue was I ordered the creme brulee, quite excited about that, but it came out at it was literally not cooked (like not at all). It was a soup! My mother insisted I send it back (I really hate doing that), but the point was that it was literally not cooked and was soupy, and contained raw egg, so anyway, a lovely server came by and was able to bring my creme brulee back, and I asked for just a new one. Well, amusingly, the server comes back with a solemn look on her face and says, "I'm sorry, you cannot have the creme brulee, because *all* the creme brulees are like that".... HUH?! And we were like the last table to be seated so all night they've been serving souping uncooked creme brulees to people?? At the end, my mother (kindly) paid the bill, but I noticed only after that she had paid for the creme brulee that I didn't eat (omg). A server came by and asked if something was wrong because they saw us scrutinizing the bill. My mother said that it was nothing other than we accidentally paid for the creme brulee. They said they would try to refund it, but the manager came over and said it usually takes 3-5 business days after a form was filled out by us, but after the look on my mother's face (after just kind of a rollercoaster of a meal), they said they would try to expedite it. Anyway, the manager was very proud of themselves when they refunded us not only for the creme brulee but the service charge (the 70p) associated with it. Anyway, if you go here avoid the duck and creme brulee lol
  8. CM

    CarolyneM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service initially ok but then not good. Other than the gluten free food and the desserts, the rest of the meals were poor.
  9. d

    direwolf

    Edinburgh

    168 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food is very good and not in itself too badly priced. Add-ons (e.g. water) are expensive. Service is charged, though the service in fact was pretty inept. My companion and I both arrived early, and were shown, despite referring to the same booking by name, to separate tables in different parts of the restaurant. It was 25 minutes before we realised we were both already there. The restaurant is in Edinburgh, but no one seems to understand even a mild Scottish accent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Rosemary was fantastic! The food recommendations that she gave were spot on! Awesome fish & chips, and my husband had the King Prawn Linguini, he said it was great. And Rosemary recommended the Scotch Egg which was DELISH! 10/10 would recommend!
  11. C

    Ca279

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall a good rating, with the slow service being salvaged by our very kind waiter. Food outstanding, some dishes nothing special but all beautifully presented. Lovely atmosphere, would return where hopefully after the festive period the service will be faster.
  12. S

    Shaz

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Really dissapointed. Beautiful venue, but poor service and the quality of food was poor.
  13. FM

    FayeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It was just okay, lack of atmosphere Food average, small portions
  14. l

    lins

    Edinburgh

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food and ambience great but all let down by poor service. We had a new waitress who was lovely but her 1st day and little help given by senior staff. Multiple errors by diff people Warm water served, one main not ordered, charged for 2 drinks never ordered and generally had to always ask for things which should have been second nature. Suggest more training and better management. Sl spoilt otherwise gt evening.
  15. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A very good restaurant with fantastic food! Would recommend
  16. G

    Gillian

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the service was very attentive. We will definitely visit again.
  17. KG

    KerryG

    Kent

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    A lot of frill and no knickers. Service was poor, however food was beautiful just tiny, tiny servings.
  18. MB

    MikeB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Most enjoyable dining experience. Good food, ambience and service.
  19. RA

    RAHRAH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    When booking our table I said one person would be eating gluten free, but there was very limited options for this. No Pinot Grigio available so I was offered a Sauvignon Blanc and charged £11.80 for a small glass - this is extortionate pricing! Mix up with soft drinks order also, so altogether not a brilliant experience - average at best.
  20. KJ

    KerryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a lovely meal with friends, food was delicious and served quickly. Lovely space and decorated nicely for Christmas. Everything was great till we asked for the desert menu then the staff seemed to disappear. However once we found someone they served us quickly. Would definitely go back again.
  21. AA

    AnnieA

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. The staff couldn’t have been more attentive. Our meal went at the right pace and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. A lovely place to enjoy. The salmon salad main was more like a starter with not much variety in the dish but the cullen skink starter was absolutely amazing - so tasty! We’ll definitely be back!
  22. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great evening, from our first step in the building the service was first class followed by great food in a great environment
  23. SM

    SuzanneM

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning food, atmosphere and decor. Staff friendly and attentive. During our meal we felt the temperature was on the cusp of being cold but it was ok. Really enjoyed our meal and drinks. The cocktails with Scottish connections and classy names were a nice touch in keeping with the tone of the restaurant. We always tip well but as we didn’t like that 10% was added on without our choice we just stuck to that. If it hadn’t been added we’d have certainly given more.
  24. FN

    FionaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did not eat. Only went here for drinks. Would try the food next time though.
  25. F

    Fiona

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Christmas decorations. Attentive service. Delicious food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Unfortunately the service at dinner was terrible , our waitress looked miserable all evening and was very inattentive . We had to keep asking for things. The music in the restaurant was far to loud so everyone was having to shout . My husband went to the toilet and was met with security hauling a man out of the toilets for taking drugs The food was less than average We won’t be returning to the Printing press in a hurry
  27. LS

    LorraineS

    Newcastle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We booked months in advance and was very much looking forward to our visit. On arrival we were taken to our table which wasn’t the best. We waited 20 mins to be served, I went to the bar to order but they said we will come over. The drinks arrived, one drink was spilt while placing on table and no effort made to clean it up. Very disappointed
  28. LL

    LindaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Poor service. Main course arrived the same time as starters. No cutlery, ignored when requested cutlery and food cold by the time it arrived. Only one main course arrived when it was due. Despite mentioning one more was ordered it never arrived. We asked to leave. Apology offered and no payment required. Total disaster.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Quite expensive compared to other restaurants we ate in over the weekend
  30. m

    margom

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Visited previously and recommended to friends. Probably would not return mainly due to the fact the burger was horribly processed. Disappointing
  31. T

    Tourist

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The restaurant was too cold, we didn't warm up in the whole time we were there. It also lacks atmosphere. It's a lovely building and the drinks area was busy but the restaurant was quiet and had no real ambience. The food quality is good but the portions are on the small side and we were not particularly full afterwards. The service is good but overall we didn't feel it was good value for the money.
  32. S

    Sara

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and good wine at a very reasonable price, we casually found this restaurant and we had an enjoyable meal.
  33. AF

    AlanF

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was very slow, difficult to attract waiter's attention, got a couple of things wrong. Duck breast main course was disappointing - two small pieces of duck, overcooked, skin not crispy, poor presentation. Dessert menu uninspiring - could have been any of dozens of other restaurants - the ubiquitous sticky toffee pudding, creme brûlée, etc.
  34. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Food & Drinks combined with exceptional service.
  35. s

    stetzki

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food, just perfectly cooked and bursting with flavour. Gorgeous venue with beautiful grand vibe without being overstated. Only irk was the after dinner coffee which was going cold and no wee biscuit which didn't seem in keeping with the rest of the service and offerings.
  36. MN

    MargaretN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and cocktails were amazing. Great, attentive service throughout our afternoon/early evening visit. Will be back.
  37. NF

    NicciF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2nd visit and all staff made our experience very special
  38. BG

    BethG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place - only had drinks but service and atmosphere was fantastic! Will come back here again when visiting Edinburgh
  39. ND

    NickD

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and good food in a excellent setting. Deffo be going back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Staff seemed completely unorganised and it looked like however was in charge needs to be doing some training Unorganised - lacking in service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 310 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

21 - 25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    George Street and Hanover Street

  • Neighborhood

    Edinburgh

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:30 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:30 pm–12:30 am

  • Cuisines

    Scottish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    17-minute walk from NCP Castle Terrace

  • Public transit

    7-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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