5 of the best child-friendly pubs in Edinburgh

With the school holidays just around the corner, we take a look at the top child-friendly pubs to visit in Edinburgh (and beyond) this summer.

Published 19th Jun 2018
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Whether you've a toddler, baby or teenager, these bars offer a host of fun, child-friendly options that will keep the kids - no matter what age - entertained.

The Sheep's Heid

(43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA)

The Sheep’s Heid Inn professes to be the city’s oldest pub. Serving up a menu of traditional favourites and modern creations, the Inn also has a dedicated kids' menu that includes dishes such as British beef sliders, battered cod goujons and cumberland sausage and mashed potato.

Smaller portions of their Sunday roast are also available for children.

But it is the old-school skittle alley that will keep children (big and small) entertained for hours.

Or if the sun is shining, why not take the kids and head out to the hidden courtyard?


(129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QG)


The Swedes know how to do things right; Swedish-inspired bar Akva has not one but two kids corners full of toys, games and a ping pong table to keep the children entertained whilst you enjoy a drink.

It’s great for brunch and lunch too and has a dedicated kids menu.

Scran & Scallie

(1 Comely Bank Rd, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1DT)

Picture: Scran & Scallie Facebook

Already a firm favourite with the Stockbridge foodie crowd, Scran & Scallie offers a sample of the gastropub portfolio of its owners in a more family-friendly setting.

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Owned by Michelin starred pair Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack- the brains behind The Kitchin and The Castle Terrace Restaurant – Scran & Scallie has a soundproofed children’s play area more suited to younger kids, while the children’s menu takes inspiration from the more grown-up versions of its owners restaurant offering.

Being Stockbridge, the menu is a little bit on the pricey side, but given the background of the two chefs, diners of all ages can be assured they’re getting the best.


(23/24 Sandport Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6EW)

Picture: Roseleaf

This quirky family-run pub down by The Shore is sure to amaze kids with their endless supply of vintage hats and Mad Hatters-esque decor.

Kids are welcome in the lively bar area until 5pm, or grab a table through in the quieter back room for dinner and drinks with the little ones up until 10pm.


(73 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AU)

Picture: Hemma Edinburgh, TSPL

This distinctly Scandinavian bistro close to both Dynamic Earth and Arthur’s Seat attracts a regular crowd of young families with an enticing menu and bright, welcoming Swedish hospitality.

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Parents are able to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, or something a little bit stronger, in the bar itself, while children amuse themselves with a seemingly bottomless box of toys and dedicate play area.

An extensive kids menu, featuring a number of healthier options including several veggie dishes, is extensive and the portions are more like scaled down versions of the grown up offerings, so kids are unlikely to go hungry.

Further afield

Nether Abbey Hotel

(20 Dirleton Avenue, North Berwick EH39 4BQ)

Picture: Nether Abbey Hotel Facebook

If you're going away for the weekend, or fancy a day out of the city then kids will love lunch at the Nether Bay Hotel in North Berwick.

The hotel bar is home to a tank of lobsters, which are all freshly caught in creels in and around North Berwick by local fishermen.

Picture: The Lobster Shack North Berwick

Or if the weather is nice, families can enjoy an al fresco meal at the Lobster Shack down at the harbour.

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