5 of the cosiest restaurants in Edinburgh to take shelter in this winter

The long cold, nights are drawing in as winter begins to take grip, here are five of the cosiest restaurants in Edinburgh to take refuge in.

Published 21st Dec 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Jack Frost has fully spread his influence across the capital and the days are getting colder as we head into the new year.

To combat the cold, we've picked out 5 of the cosiest restaurants in Edinburgh to take shelter in this winter.

The Devil's Advocate

(9 Advocate's Cl, Edinburgh EH1 1ND)

Picture: Devil's Advocate

Hidden away off the Royal Mile is the excellent Devil's Advocate, which can be accessed by Advocate's Close, has plenty of little nooks and crannies where you can hide away from the cold.

With a stripped back bar menu that's filled with some delightfully innovative dishes, you can chow down until your heart's content before trying out some of their excellent cocktails or grabbing yourself a dram or two from their extensive whisky list.

L'escargot Bleu

(56 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3SA)

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Home to one of our favourite chefs in the city, l'escargot brings a little Gallic flair to Broughton Street with a menu that's designed to showcase the very best in Scottish ingredients from Barra snails to Orkney beef.

Warm and inviting, Fred Berkmiller and his team will make you feel like you are visiting the home of an old friend rather than one of the capital's top French restaurants.

Forage and Chatter

(1A Alva St, Edinburgh EH2 4PH)

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Restaurants don't come much more charming and inviting than Forage and Chatter. With its tartan clad interior and stone walls, F & C is lauded for its innovative menu which uses the best ingredients sourced from within a 25 mile radius.

Expect exciting Scottish ingredients such as Slow Cooked Pig Cheek, North Sea Hake and Monkfish all cooked with a modern flair that will leave you singing the kitchen team’s praises.

The Scran and Scallie

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

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Talk about pedigree, the Scran and Scallie is the brainchild of two of the city's most experienced chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, and is the perfect place to unwind on a cold winter's day with delightful 'scran' - Scottish pub grub.

The gastro pub is small but cosy and offers dishes like Smoked haddock, steak pie and home-made beef sausage & mash all cooked to a level usually found in fine dining establishments like The Kitchin and the Castle Terrace Restaurant.

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The Kings Wark

(36 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU)

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One of most popular pubs in Leith - as well as the venue for one of the city's most popular cooked breakfasts - the Kings Wark has a long and illustrious past but nowadays its simply considered as a wonderful place to pull up a pew and enjoy some stunning pub grub.

With a view that looks out onto the Shore waterline, it's one of the cosiest places on this list - perfect for whiling away the afternoon or evening - with a small fire to heat you up and a menu that's filled to the brim with winter warmers.



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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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