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

torched hanger steak, sourdough, capers,
dijon mustard, dill £6.80

crispy fried shitake mushrooms, miso mayo [veg] £5.50

gin cured sea trout, fennel, apple,
pickled grapes £6.20

spring vegetable fritters, curry leaves,
cucumber yoghurt [gf/v] £5.80

apricot & green chilli chicken wings [gf] £6

red pepper hummus, crispy pitta [v] £5.50

soup, bread & butter [v] £4.70 

blue cheese & onion dip, sourdough soldiers [v] £5.50 

medium plates

smoked slow roasted pork belly, pickled rhubarb, mustard cress [gf] £7

gnudi, goat’s curd sauce, watercress,
pickled walnuts [v] £6.50

sticky sesame cauliflower, spring onion + ginger glaze [veg] £6.50

pappadelle pasta, wild boar salami,
cavalo nero pesto £7.50

shellfish ravioli, pickled samphire, purple basil, yuzu beurre blanc £7.50

large plates

spicy noodle laksa, smoked turnip, broccoli, pak choi [veg] £13

roast hake, fennel, orange, almond aïoli [gf] £13

milk poached pork shank, jersey royal potatoes,
kale, asparagus [gf] £15

beef burger, pastrami, sauerkraut, gherkins,
swiss cheese, russian dressing, ciabatta £11

aubergine katsu burger, spring onion slaw,
pickled radish, toasted sesame bun £9

+ burger sides: sweet potato fries [veg/gf]
french fries [veg/gf] £2.20

tasting boards

east coast charcuterie // selection of 6 charcuterie, pickles, sourdough £22

veggie //  carrot, ginger & lemongrass terrine,
sticky cauliflower, crispy shitake mushrooms, sourdough, smoked tomatoes, dip trio,
crispy pitta, pickled veg, potato & watercress salad [v] £19

the big cheese //  white stilton, inverloch hard goat’s cheese, strathdon blue, meringue brie,
honey walnuts, pickles, sherry soaked raisins, oatcakes, sourdough £14

mixed //  selection of sharing platters:
east coast charcuterie, fish, veggie, cheese + pickles & sourdough £22




sweet potato fries [veg/gf] £3.20

french fries [veg/gf] £2.80

buttered jersey royals [v/gf] £4

fennel, radish, apple salad + cider dressing [veg/gf]  £4

sourdough + salted butter or rapeseed oil (v) £3.50

olives [veg/gf] £4.50



caramelised yoghurt panna cotta, milk crumb, blueberry, wood sorrel £6.50

vegan chocolate + salted caramel torte, pistachio ice cream [veg] £7

custard tart, cava poached rhubarb, orange + sugar cardamom tuile [v] £6.50

beetroot ganache, gooseberry sorbet,
strathdon blue, cornflake + hazelnut crumb £6

macerated peaches, basil, almond brittle,
clotted cream [v] £6.50



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 £7.70

kung fu cantona

short, strong, aromatic
ophir spiced gin, rhubarb liqueur, domain de canton, hellfire bitters, coriander, white vermouth £7.80

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 £7.70

what’s-a matter u hey!

intense, strong, bittersweet
campari, dark matter spiced rum, ristretto liqueur, porter reduction £7.90

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 £7.70

the rdj

punchy, aromatic, serious
wray & nephew overproof rum, yellow chartreuse, elderflower gin, citrus, sugar £7.70


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 thieves

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 £7.80


– 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 8pm

– 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

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

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t. 0131 466 8550

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