cosy, casual, shabby chic. followers of no trends, just a purpose to make you feel at home.
**reopening 20th May!**
please check opening times below for May schedule


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

[sample menu]

romanesco hummus, raisins, pine nuts + flatbread [veg] £6

duck-duck scotch egg, scallion relish  £7

malaysian spiced beef lettuce wrap, pickled chilli & carrot, mint & coriander £7

soup, sourdough, butter [v] £5.50

rainbow chard tart, caramelised onions, whipped goat’s cheese, lemon oil, burnt onion powder [v] £11

poached haddock, clams, mussels, spinach, potato galette £15.50

poha cutlets, spiced greens, peanuts, garlic pickle, coconut & curry leaves [veg] £15

lapsang souchong brined chicken burger, american style biscuit bun, bacon, pickles, cheddar, sausage cream gravy £12

pork belly, red yuzu kosho, sweet potato, spiced pork broth, greens, langoustine stuffed courgette flower £15

side plates

shoestring fries  [veg] £3 

sweet potato fries + hot sauce £4

mixed leaf & herb salad  [veg] £3

duck fat chips, confit duck & spring onion ketchup £5.50

olives  [lf/gf] £3.50

bread + salted butter [v] £3

sharing platters

meat // selection of charcuterie, bread, chutney, pickles  £20

mixed //  3 cheese & 3 charcuterie board £22

cheese //  a fine selection of cheese & condiments £17 


white chocolate mousse, salted plum, thyme, candid nuts  £7

chocolate, coffee & olive oil cake, vanilla frosting  [veg] £5

raspberry & hibiscus tart, sorrel £7.50

new menu coming – watch this space….

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 / s – contains sesame / 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.

[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 may 21:00

– 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 may:
[subject to change/gov guidelines]

thurs 20th: 15:00-22:30

fri 21st: 13:00-22:30

sat 22nd: 13:00-22:30

sun 23rd: closed [private function]

mon 24th-wed 26th: closed

thurs 27th: 15:00-22:30

fri 28th: 15:00-22:30

sat 29th: 14:00-22:30

sun 30th: 14:00-22:30

mon 31st: 14:00-22:30

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