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

artichoke pesto, charred flatbread, parmesan, lemon [v] £5.80

blue crab, celery sabayon, asparagus, wild garlic, mustard cress, salted capers, mustard seeds  [gf] £6.50

buttered heritage carrot, carrot vinaigrette, purslane, genmaicha, dulce gel [veg] £6

soup, bread & butter [v] £4.90 

veggie haggis, needs & patties samosa + green chilli, coriander & apple chutney [veg/lf] £6

crisp rare breed pancetta, butter bean purée, garlic oil, pork quavers [gf/lf] £6.50

radish, seaweed & matcha butter, pickled garlic flowers [v/gf] £5.70

medium plates

melon & almond milk gazpacho, crayfish, cucumber, lapsang souchong jelly [gf/lf] £8

lamb sweetbread, sorrel, charred rhubarb sauce, pickled rhubarb, peas  [gf] £8

roasted pork loin, gooseberries, green tomato, pork butter sauce [gf] £9

orzo pasta, onion sauce, egg yolk, chives, groats, truffle brown butter [v] £8.50

charred cucurbits, mint, almonds, sherry vinegar [veg/gf/lf] £7.50

large plates

courgette & potato rostï, hot smoked salmon, horseradish crème fraîche, pickled red onions, dill, capers [gf] £14

duck ragù, barberry, papperdelle, parmesan, pine nuts £16

spicy mapo tofu, jasmine rice, long beans, chilli beer pickles [veg] £15

smoked, spiced denver cut beef, grilled baby cos, sourdough croutons, blue cheese sauce £17

panko crumbed broccoli burger, tomato, black garlic soya aïoli, mustard cress, toasted ciabatta [veg/lf] £12

devilled chicken bun, spicy smoked & fried chicken thigh, pickle salad, chipotle dressing, bath bun £13

+ burger sides: sweet potato fries [veg/gf/lf] french fries [veg/gf/lf] £2.50

tasting boards

charcuterie // selection of 6 charcuterie, pickles, sourdough £23

fish // salt cod, crayfish, hot smoked salmon, potted crab, pickled herring, cured sea trout, lemon, salt veg, pickles, sourdough £23

veggie //  veggie haggis samosa, cos salad, sweetcorn elote, grilled cucurbits, beetroot crackling, artichoke pesto, pickles, sourdough [v] £21

big cheese //  inverloch hard goat’s cheese, strathdon blue [v], white stilton [v], morangie brie [v], honey walnuts, pickles, sherry soaked raisins, oatcakes, sourdough £17

mixed //  selection of sharing platters:
charcuterie, fish, veggie, cheese, pickles & sourdough £26


elote mexican corn on the cob, parmesan, smoked paprika [v] £4.50

baby cos salad, pickled red onion, croutons, blue cheese dressing [v] £4

sourdough + salted butter or matcha seaweed butter £4

fried potato wedges, dry butter chicken rub, coriander, lime [gf]  £5

french fries [vg/gf/lf] £3

sweet potato fries [vg/gf/lf] £3.50


yoghurt blancmange, strawberry umeboshi, puffed milk barley £7

dark chocolate & chipotle fondant, smoked date purée, sour cream sorbet, tequila gel [v] £8

vegan chocolate mousse, cornflake cookie, freeze dried raspberries [veg]

wine poached peaches, almond cookies, mascarpone, freeze dried raspberries [v/gf/n] £7

sweetcorn ganache, hard goat’s cheese, spa sorbet, charred sweet jalapeño pickles, corn [v/gf] £7.50

duo of vegan cheese, oatcakes, pickles, quince paste, grapes [veg] £7

please note: due to the size of our kitchen dishes may not all arrive to the table at the same time.

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

[v – vegetarian / veg – vegan / lf – lactose free / n – contains nuts / gf – made with gluten free ingredients, but prepared in a kitchen that uses gluten]


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



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


smoky, creamy, malty
smokehead whisky, espresso, ristretto liqueur, hop liquorice reduction, px sherry, egg £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 & 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 booking for a la carte 21:45                                                                           late night menu available from 23:00  [no booking required]

– 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:

mon-thurs:  15:00 – 01:00

fri-sun:  12:00 – 01:00

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