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

cannellini bean purée, pickled mushrooms, red onion, pitta croutons (v) £4.50

pig cheek fritters, quail eggs, salsa verde £4.50

lavosh flatbread + dips £4.50

smoked duck breast, preserved melon & ginger jam (gf) £4.50

pickled herring, onion & beetroot smørrebrød      (open sandwich) £4.50

marinated artichokes, blue cheese, walnuts (v/gf) £4.50

soup, bread & butter (v) £4.40 

medium plates

tatties bravas, haggis/veggie haggis, turnip & whisky sauce ( /v) £7

coffee marinated medium rare skirt steak, watercress (gf) £7

hot smoked mackerel, paprika lemon, caper berries (gf) £7.50

cashew & onion spiced quinoa cakes, red pepper sauce, leaves (v/veg/gf) £6.50

mushroom broth, jerusalem artichoke tortellini, shaved egg yolk (v) £7

large plates

pan fried hake, wilted spinach, salsify & garam masala mussels (gf) £14.50

slow braised beef short rib, red onion, potato & horseradish filled ravioli £15

three onion tart, goats cheese & marjoram, roasted beets, celeriac & braised leeks (v) £12.50

game burger, raclette, beetroot & horseradish relish, crispy onions, brioche bun £8

crisp baked carrot burger, coriander sauce, chilli yoghurt, brioche bun (v/veg) £7

+ burger sides: sweet potato fries/roasted roots/french fries £2

tasting boards

veggie //  beetroot doughnut, caper berries, artichokes & blue cheese, veggie haggis, goats cheese, pickled mushrooms, spiced carrot chutney, house baked sourdough, lavosh, salad (v) £16.50

meat //  pig cheek fritters, smoked duck, chorizo, haggis, serrano ham, pork pastrami, pickled mushrooms, spiced carrot chutney, lavosh, house baked sourdough, salad £18.50

fish // smoked salmon, pickled herring, spiced mussels, smoked mackerel, salt cod, haddock finger, spiced carrot chutney, lavosh, house baked sourdough, salad £18.50

mixed // smoked duck, beetroot doughnut, pig cheek fritters, smoked salmon, salt cod, pickled mushrooms, spiced carrot chutney, lavosh, house baked sourdough, salad £18.50

cheese plate // seasonal cheeses, oatcakes, frozen grapes, quince paste £12.50




sweet potato fries (v/veg) £3

pink grapefruit, watercress, red chicory & sumac salad  (v/veg/gf) £2

roasted seasonal greens, bacon & pickled mushrooms (gf) £3.50

french fries, parmesan & truffle  £3.50

roasted honey & thyme root veg (v/gf) £3.50

olives (v/veg/gf) £3.50

house baked sourdough + butter (v) £1.50



roast banana parfait, butterscotch, chocolate & almond toffee, honeycomb (v/gf) £7

warm sticky date pudding, ginger ice cream (v) £6

passionfruit fool, blood orange jelly, lemon meringue (v/gf) £6.50

apple frangipane tart, cinnamon clotted cream (v) £6



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


he’s a real funghi

fruity, earthy, easy
evan williams bourbon, apricot liqueur, blood peach purée, citrus, sugar, porchini syrup, egg white £7.60

kung fu cantona

short, strong, aromatic
ophir spiced gin, rhubarb liqueur, domain de canton, hellfire bitters, coriander, white vermouth £7.60

red mist wash over

spicy, smoky, fruity
vida mezcal, apricot liqueur, orange bitters, sweet paprika, sun dried tomato, spices £7.70

pisco nap

tropical, zingy, sour
capel pisco, koko kanu rum, celery, lime, grapefruit bitters, sugar, egg white £7.50

what’s-a matter u hey!

intense, strong, bittersweet
campari, dark matter spiced rum, ristretto liqueur, porter reduction £7.80

midsummer spritz

crisp, refreshing, fragrant
martin miller’s gin, hallands fläder aquavit, gooseberry, prosecco £7.85

bloody tremendous

juicy, short, boozy
three corners gin, solerno blood orange liqueur, amaro vermouth, maraschino, bitters £7.70

mary stairs

spicy, medicinal, long
el dorado 3 rum or davna bison grass vodka,
basil, fermented chilli, cucumber, spices, tomato, £7.70

cactus jack

fruity, fresh, easy
ocho tequila reposado, prickly pear liqueur, basil liqueur, amaro vermouth, watermelon syrup, citrus £7.60

the rdj

punchy, aromatic, serious
wray & nephew overproof rum, yellow chartreuse, elderflower gin, citrus, sugar £7.60


short, boozy, legendary
martin miller’s westbourne gin or ogilvy vodka, vermouth, lemon or olive –made your way £7.50

9 lives

fresh, savoury, spicy
ocho blanco tequila, apple liqueur, coriander, green pepper, chilli, yellow chartreuse, grapefruit bitters, citrus, sugar £7.50

maple manhattan

rich, short, luxurious
rittenhouse rye whiskey, vermouth di torino, maple syrup, smoke essence, bitters £7.80


smoky, creamy, malty
smokehead whisky, espresso, ristretto liqueur, hop liquorice reduction, px sherry, egg £7.85

40 theives

fresh, light, aromatic
black pepper infused vodka, limoncello, saki, bay syrup, egg white, sesame, citrus £7.70

tropic thunder

tropical, dry, boozy
ciroc pineapple vodka, escubac, tarragon, dry vermouth, ginger bitters £7.70


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

– as we are a bar/restaurant it’s over 18’s only

– if you are a group coming to Under The Stairs & 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

– opening times mon-sat 12-1 / sun 12-12 / kitchen open 12-10 / late night eats available til midnight

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t. 0131 466 8550

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