cosy, casual, shabby chic. followers of no trends, just a purpose to make you feel at home.


no geographical boundaries or complication, thoughtful use of the best seasonal ingredients & trusted local suppliers lead to a tasty outcome.

small plates

meaty: cock-a-leekie terrine £5.50 | fennel & garlic salami £5 | lomo – pork tenderloin £5 | ‘nduja £5 | pigs cheeks £5

fishy: house smoked loch duart salmon [gf] £5 | pomegranate & cumin cured sea bream [gf] £4.50 | horseradish smoked mackerel pâté [gf] £5

veggie|vegan: buffalo beer pickled eggs [gf] £4 | lemon marinated goral olives [veg] £5 | baked ricotta & walnut ‘salami’ £4 | mahwash pâté [ve] £5 | smoked melon ‘ham’ [ve] £4.50

add ons: company bakery sourdough | gooseberry & fennel chutney [ve]£3.50 | gherkins [veg] £3 | house pickles [ve] £3

medium plates

miso maple cured loch etvie sea trout, yuzo koshuo whipped créme fraîche, almonds, mahleb & dill marinated golden delicious [gf] £9

quinoa bhel salad: quinoa, radish, cucumber, mint, coriander & pomegranate, nuts, puffed rice, chickpea noodles & tamarind chutney  [veg] £8 

scottish outdoor bred pork belly, grilled peach mustard £8.50

summer melon & heirloom tomato salad, crispy speck ham or smoked melon ‘ham’ [ve], pecans, wood sorrel & hot honey [gf] £8.50

mussels masala, coconut & curry leaves + soft roll med £3.50 | lrg £12

panko fried halloumi, ouzo, lime & chilli poached rhubarb, honey glazed walnuts & hot honey [v] £8

large plates

grilled quail, ham & chicken red eye gravy, dirty farro kale, sweet potato purée £17

white miso broth, asparagus, broad beans, chilli tofu, rice noodles [gf/ve]

Scottish crab linguine, heirloom tomatoes, fennel, chilli, parsley £17.50

cauliflower cheese burger, dill pickles, iceberg, tomato, chipotle vegannaise, buffalo sauce, glazed potato bun, sweet potato fries [v] £15

bone marrow beef burger, bacon cheese sauce, iceberg, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard pickled cucumber, glazed potato bun, hand cut chips £16


plum upside down cake, plum & pink peppercorn fool [v] £7.50

wild rose petal jelly, dark chocolate granita, pistachios, orange syrup [veg/gf] £7

whipped yoghurt parfait, vodka & peach compote, cranberry granola [v] £7.50

rocky road cookie pie, vanilla ice cream £7.50

cheese plate: loch arthur cheddar [v] | gubbeen | alp blossom | blue murder [v] + selection of pickles, bread, butter, oat cakes
2 cheese £10.50 | 3 cheese £17.50 | extra cheese portion £3.50


new potatoes, milk curds, crispy potato strings [v] £3.50

caramelised carrots [v] £4

dirty farro kale sautéed in ham & chicken liver £4.50

sweet potato fries [veg] £4

bombay roll: puff pastry roll with coriander chutney & cheese [v] £3.50

skinny fries [ve] £3.50

hand cut chips [ve] £4.50


please note: due to the size of our kitchen dishes may not arrive to the table at once

please try to eat all of your food as we do not offer takeaway

[v – vegetarian / ve – vegan / n – contains nuts / s – contains sesame / gf – made with gluten free ingredients -but prepared in a kitchen that uses gluten]

menu subject to availability


seasonal focus for wines & cocktails, a modest well formed list featuring interesting ingredients, supporting local or small producers best we can.

[sample menu]


rich, zingy
cachaça, charred cucumber syrup, lime, sugar, pear liqueur, manzanilla sherry £8

rave nation

fresh, boozy, floral
quiquiriqui, mezcal, escubac, violette, liqueur, lemon, maraschino liqueur £8

disco to pisco

tart, aromatic, sour
pisco, rhubarb liqueur, honey, orange bitters, fennel, lemon, sugar, egg white £8

70’s garnish

tropical, zingy, sour
white rum, parsley, grapefruit bitters, lime, sugar £8

strawberry fields

fruity, fragrant
amarosa rosehip liqueur, strawberry liqueur, ginger liqueur, cava £8

some like it hot

fruity, smooth, spicy
yellow pepper, arbikie chilli vodka, banana liqueur, lemon, sugar, orange bitters £8

mary stairs

spicy, medicinal, long
el dorado 3 rum or davna bison grass vodka,
basil, fermented chilli, cucumber, spices, tomato, £8

aperitivo time

bittersweet, crisp, refreshing
luxardo bitter bianco, berry bros gin, apple liqueur, cava £8

the rdj

punchy, aromatic, serious
wray & nephew overproof rum, yellow chartreuse, elderflower gin, citrus, sugar £8


short, boozy, legendary
martin miller’s westbourne gin or ogilvy vodka, vermouth, lemon or olive –made your way £8.50

sage david

fruity, herbaceous
ocho reposado, greengage, sage, king’s ginger liqueur, lemon, sugar £8

40 thieves

fresh, light, aromatic
black pepper infused vodka, limoncello, saki, bay syrup, egg white, sesame, citrus £8

nod to rob

fruity, aromatic, easy
ocho tequila, lychee liqueur, absinth rinse £8


– we operate by table service only,
so sit down, relax & let us take care of you

– as we’re a bar/restaurant no persons under the age of 18 are permitted after 20:00

– if you are a group coming to visit & or more friends may be joining you, please tell us how many so we can seat you appropriately

– a discretionary 10% service charge will be added to tables of 6 or more

– we usually allocate 2hrs dining time per booking, please let us know if you would like longer

– last entry during JUNE 21:45

– it is possible on occasion to hire Under the Stairs for private dining / meetings / special events
[contact us for details]

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For bookings or general enquiries, please phone or email:
t. 0131 466 8550

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tucked away in the old town
3a Merchant St.

opening hours for JUNE:
[subject to change/gov guidelines]

mon-wed: closed
thurs: 15:00 – 22:30
fri-sun: 14:00 – 22:30
fri 25th: closed for private function

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