Everything you need to know about an unexpected foodie destination in Edinburgh

Historical pub turned foodie destination, The Barony, is not what you might expect...

Published 25th Apr 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The Barony - one of Edinburgh’s most historic pubs - has become a somewhat unknown foodie destination in the capital.

Located on Broughton Street in the heart of the city, the pub is serving up a range of fresh new dishes as part of its new gastropub menu, proving that pub grub doesn’t just mean old-fashioned comfort food.

 More than just a bar, The Barony is destination for foodies looking to tuck into top quality dishes in a relaxed setting. With the menu served throughout the day, customers can enjoy chilled out all-day dining in the atmospheric surroundings of the city centre gastropub – from bar bites to a three-course meal.

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 Diners can tuck into contemporary versions of classic pub favourites like truffle mac and cheese with brioche croutons and homemade garlic bread, or beer battered haddock and chips served with garden peas and homemade tartare sauce. The menu also includes fresh seasonal dishes with a modern twist, such as warm couscous salad with hot smoked salmon, grilled veg, coriander and harissa yogurt.

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The Barony focuses on using seasonal, local produce from Scottish suppliers to create exciting gastropub dishes. Produce is delivered daily from local suppliers such as David Lowry, Central Produce and Cromby’s, before being transformed by head chefs Mehnan McNab and Robert Johnstone.

Having previously worked at top Edinburgh restaurants including Bon Vivant and El Cartel, the kitchen team are bringing fresh, modern flavours to this historic pub and have created the spring menu completely in-house.

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In addition to the seasonal food on offer, The Barony also has an ever-changing wine, beer and spirits list for discerning drinkers. The bar has 13 lines of draught ales, lagers, stouts and ciders, including lots of local options, as well as an array of single malts, craft gins and a carefully curated selection of wines from across the world.

One of Edinburgh’s last truly independent bars, The Barony began life as a wine and spirits merchant in 1896, before becoming a licensed pub under William Younger & Co in 1955. The Victorian venue still retains many of its original features, including the wooden bar, hand-painted 19th century tiles, brewery mirrors and real fireplaces.

Visitors should look out for regular live music sessions on Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings, as well as drinking and dining seven days a week.

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Rafal Karwacki, owner of The Barony, comments: “As well as our classic dishes which are always available, we regularly add seasonal specials to the menu to make the most of the amazing Scottish produce on our doorstep.

"Our customers particularly love our fresh Scottish seafood dishes, expertly made by our talented and creative team of chefs. I can’t wait to welcome both old and new customers to The Barony to show them how delicious our gastropub menu is!”

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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