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A Room in Leith

Scottish, British and Bistro Restaurant and Bar/Pub

3.6 out of 5 3.6/5 from 10 reviews (add your opinion)

1c Dock Place

Phone: 0131 554 7427

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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: Yes (£2 corkage; wine only)
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

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4 from craig777 (100%) on December 7th, 2009 (9 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

I went to Teuchters Landing yesterday for lunch and had the most lovely lunch. In typical Sunday hangover style we were looking for some comforting pub grub to hit the spot and stumbled across this place. Their mug menu is absolutly brilliant! We both went for the Isle of Mull Mac'n'Cheese which came in lovely mugs and were great! Our eyes were slightly bigger than our tummys though and probably should have gone for the smaller mugs, especially as we shared a mug of chips as well. It is the perfect place to go if you have been for a nice walk and looking for somewhere to warm up - the comfy sofas are perfect so spend the rest of the day reading the papers!

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2.5 from andy (83%) on April 18th, 2008 (11 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

The "A Room In" restaurants have a good reputation for providing decent, unpretentious food at a reasonable price and for having a BYOB policy. Having enjoyed a number of meals at A Room in the Town and heard good things about A Room in the West End, I think this reputation is deserved.

However, based on my experience at their new restaurant in the Waterfront's old home down in Leith, their reputation may be at risk! We had a decent meal, but not much more than that and with most of the mains firmly in the £15-£20 category, it wasn't the most reasonable. Paying only a couple of quid for corkage for our own bottle of wine was the only thing that kept a two course meal for two people under £60.

The food was nice - my salmon starter was lovely - but my rabbit main was bland.

The staff were excellent. Very relaxed and friendly. We arrived early for our meal to have a drink first, and the barman at Teuchters Landing (which you need to go through to get to the restaurant) took our bottle off us to chill, which was a nice touch.

If I lived down in Leith, I might well have gone to A Room in Leith again, but I won't bother going out of my way again when I know there are lots of other places in the centre of town that will give me just as good a meal, or better, for the same money or less.

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2 from Brian (12%) on May 14th, 2008 (11 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

Cold plates, bland food, a shocking fish course, and a mural that made me think I was in some community centre. A real shame, as the Waterfront used to be so nice too.

Like the BYOW option, but still does not make it a cheap meal. Perhaps they use this to charge you more?

Lots of competition in Leith and other parts of Edinburgh. Best raise your game.

Unlike Arnie, I won't be back.

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5 from Nicx (12%) on June 23rd, 2008 (11 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

I don't know what everyone else is complaining about but I have had fantastic meals at A Room in Leith. Yes, the Waterfront was good but this is far better. They continue the theme from their other restaurants, A Room in the West End and A Room in the Town, both of which are also excellent. The food was great, great taste and very well presented and having the BYOB option with just £2 corkage makes the bill so much more gentle on the wallet. With Teuchters Landing next door there to have a pre and post dinner drink makes the whole experience fantastic. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to everyone and in fact, I already have, so 5 stars to you, a perfect place for the perfect evening out (and am sure lunch too).

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4 from bill (12%) on September 1st, 2008 (10 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

I booked dinner with some reservations having read these reviews. 3 of us had dinner on Saturday evening (August 30th), and I can only say the negative reviewers must have been visiting a different restaurant. The food was excellent, I had venison which was full flavoured and tender, my wife had haddies with black pudding scotch eggs which she announced to be quite superb. The slight disappointment and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was my guest's steak which was a little dry though that was clearly down to the meat rather than the cooking. The service was first class. I'll definitely be back.

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5 from victoria munro (12%) on March 18th, 2012 (7 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

We had a 65th birthday lunch for 22 people at A Room in Leith - the service and food was fabulous! We would recommend it! Thanks to the staff for making the birthday boy's day special.

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5 from Neil Warner (12%) on May 5th, 2009 (10 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

I have visited Teuchter's Landing three times now and had a first class lunch with members of my family at a Room in Leith on Sunday 26/4/09. The service was 1st class and the slow cooked lamb was superb! I would definitely travel down from Aberdeenshire (Teuchter country) to sample the delights again.

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1 from FT72 (8%) on May 19th, 2008 (11 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

What have they done to The Waterfront?!?

This place seems to have one motivation - to make money. Yes it's a business and yes it has to make a profit but every business has to balance getting the right price for the product it offers. This place has got it very wrong. Main courses are priced at £15 - £20. I had lamb - it was nice enough but at that price a customer expects more than just 'nice', at that price the customer expects something a little bit special - it was not special. My wife had fish - she came to the same conclusion.

The banoffee pie is all ban with very little offee - seems just lazy to cut a banana in half - cover it in cream and then thinly spread some 'offee' over an equally thin biscuit base. When I order banoffee I want loads of offee and less of the ban - and I don’t want the thing to be 75% cream?!

Tables are tiny and are crammed in like cattle of to the slaughterhouse. The tables are so small there is nowhere to put your bottle of wine. Ours was on an empty table next to us - it vanished half way through our meal, cleared up by the staff. It came back after we asked where it was and there was profuse apologies - but when you are paying £20 for a main course you expect to get £20 service - quite simply - you don’t get that here.

No doubt this place will do well over the summer with the tourists because of the location - not doubt the owners will make huge amounts of cash on the huge mark ups they make on the food. But come September I think that, in its current state, it will struggle because it's ripping you off.

If you think you are getting a bargain because you can BYOB - remember the restaurant is marking up the cost of its food to make up for the lack of income on wine sales - either way the customer is paying too much.

How I miss The Waterfront.

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2.5 from dw1664 (7%) on May 30th, 2008 (11 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

First visit was on a Saturday several weeks ago and was reasonably impressed with the food and service. Nice to see two reasonably imaginative veggie choices in both the starters and main courses for such a short menu.

Last night, (Thursday), however was a different story. The courses read well on the menu but were poor in execution. The starter of oregano bread and bean salsa, was very greasy, from it being fried, and the salsa was bland and tasteless. The main course of spicy lentil bangers, which were less than delicate, had no spice what so ever. The remaining ingredients on the plate were all sweet, with nothing to balance them. Not a memorable dish.

Even although quite a bit of food went back to the kitchen, not once did anyone ask us if we had enjoyed our meal.

Certainly think they need to up their game to match the prices they are charging, and make sure the quality of cooking is consistent throughout the week, not just the weekend when it is busy.

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4.5 from marz1pan (6%) on September 5th, 2009 (9 years ago)

A Room in Leith, 1c Dock Place, EH6 6LU, Edinburgh

The main courses at A Room In Leith and in fact all 'The Rooms' are generally priced between £10 and £20, with very few making it as high as £20.

The menus change every 6-8 weeks which offers great variation in seasonally changing food.

I wish people would get the facts right before trying their hands at being food critics.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions but when the things they are saying are not factually correct then it can be a waste of time for the people reading them.

The Waterfront was good but had been needing a clear out for a long time.

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