17 April 2014

The Doric

15-16 Market Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH1 1DE

£25.00 Gastropub Central Scotland
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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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Nestling yards from the bottom of Fleshmarket Close and midway between the old editorial offices of The Scotsman and the train station, The Doric was once a much-feted repository for the city's hacks and a bolthole where almost industrial quantities of booze were regularly consumed. Downstairs is a bog-standard drinking den, but head to the civilised bar upstairs for the real thing – complete with swagged curtains, scrubbed floors and a claret-tinged glow. This 18th-century hostelry also markets itself as ‘Edinburgh’s first gastropub’, with a menu of bistro-style comfort food ranging from pubby staples such as shepherd’s pie, macaroni cheese or haggis, neeps and tatties to more adventurous ideas including tiger prawn linguine, poached monkfish with lobster sauce or crispy duck breast with pak choi, sweet potato purée and black cherry sauce. Good ales and excellent whiskies, too.

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  1. ituated just behind Edinburgh’s Waverley railway station (in Market Street), The Doric is housed in an architecturally-impressive 17th century tenement building, and bills itself as “Edinburgh’s oldest gastro-pub”. The bistro section of the establishment, located above a separate bar, is accessed via stairs that would not be out of place in an instalment of Harry Potter. Walking into the restaurant it seemed little had changed from the last time I dined there over four years ago – still the same primrose yellow walls punctuated with an eclectic array of prints, and dark wood floors and furniture. Except, maybe things looked a bit more down at heel than I remembered. We joined one of our – already ensconced – lunching partners and placed our drinks order with the Maitre d’, just as the final member of our party arrived...
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