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

mushroom tartare, capers, egg yolk dressing, crispy parsley, shaved pecorino (v) £5

pickled mussels, smoked tomato & herb dressing (gf) £5

root vegetable, coconut, lemongrass & green chilli stovies, oatcakes  £4.50

oat crumbed haggis bonbons, green apple, arran mustard dressing £4.50

crispy crab matchsticks, salsa verde £5

beetroot & port terrine, avocado wasabi, dry roasted peanuts (veg/gf) £5

soup, bread & butter (v) £4.60 

sourdough+dips (veg) £4.95 

medium plates

hare agnolotti pasta, hare & sage consommé £7

smoked sweetcorn & clam chowder, sourdough £7

black turtle bean frijoles, spicy green sauce, flatbread (veg) £6

fennel puff pastry tart, gremolata, red amaranth (v) £6

cherry cola glazed bath chaps, lemon popcorn pureé, shallots £6.50

spicy sambal roast skate wing + lime, leek & coriander dressing £7.50

large plates

whole roasted mackerel, walnuts, parsley, shallots, jerusalem artichokes (gf) £10.50

venison osso bucco, goats cheese polenta, saffron tomato ragú £12.50

butterbean gnocchi, pumpkin & chestnut pesto, sage & soy burnt butter (veg) £10

pave of cold smoked beef, celeriac purée, pickled wild mushrooms, red cabbage slaw £12

lamb burger, spiced tomato relish, herb labneh, red onion, brioche bun £9.50

welsh glamorgan veggie sausage burger, red cabbage & apple slaw, brioche bun £9
+ burger sides: sweet potato fries / french fries £2

tasting boards

the taster // mushroom tartare, pickled mushrooms, haggis bonbons, crab matchsticks, beetroot & port terrine, black turtle bean frijoles £21.50

the med //  olive selection, oils, balsamic, sourdough, roast tomato £10

the big cheese //  seasonal cheeses, oatcakes, frozen grapes, cognac soaked raisins £18.50




sweet potato fries (veg/gf) £3

soba noodle salad, leeks, chilli, pickled mushrooms, soy & peanut oil dressiing  (veg) £4.50

french fries (veg/gf) £3

polenta chips, tomato relish & rosemary salt (v/gf)  £4

watercress, hazelnut & pickled red onion salad (veg/gf) £3.50

olives (v/veg/gf) £3.50

house baked sourdough + butter (v) £2



vanilla poached pear, vegan chocolate mousse, lavender granola crumb (veg) £6.50

tonka bean & white chocolate rice pudding, crème brûlée, charred clementine, orange flapjack (v) £6.50

potato & plum pudding, honey & amaretto broth, crème fraîche (v) £6.50

treacle tart, salted toffee ice cream, roast banana purée (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 £7.60

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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3a Merchant St.

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