Luckenbooths all-day dining restaurant and bar opens on Edinburgh’s historic High Street

It’s situated opposite St Giles’ Cathedral and the Signet Library

Published 22nd Sep 2021
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

There’s a new launch on Edinburgh’s High Street and it’s not another tartan tat shop.

On October 4, the 140 cover all-day dining restaurant and bar, Luckenbooths, will open. It’s named after the area’s now-demolished row of 15th century tenements, each of which had a lockable booth, or shop, at street level.

Opposite St Giles’ Cathedral, this is the eighth business for The Bon Vivant Group, whose portfolio already includes Lady LibertineThe Devil’s Advocate, The Bon Vivant and Mexican restaurant chain, El Cartel, which recently launched a third branch in the Old Town, El Cartel Roxburgh.

While their other venues are aimed at a younger and hipper crowd, Luckenbooths will suit a broader demographic.

“It’s a fresh new concept for The Bon Vivant Group where guests can gather every week to catch-up over drinks with friends, come together with family for Sunday lunch or celebrate those big life moments”, says the group’s director, Anthony Hester. “We have taken all of the classic elements of casual dining fused with the high quality, excellent customer service of our other venues and created a space that is central, contemporary and most importantly, family friendly. We are really excited to introduce a new generation of local Edinburgh customers to The Bon Vivant Group and celebrate the best of Scottish hospitality for years to come.”

They’ve appointed The Bon Vivant’s former head chef, Emma Clark-Szabo, to look after the kitchen at Luckenbooths, which is open daily from 7am until 1am, and offers brunch, breakfast and an all-day menu, as well as an extensive drinks list and offerings for kids. Food can be served inside, or on their large outdoor terrace, which looks out onto the cobbled street and the Heart of Midlothian mosaic.

Brunch dishes include Scotch pancakes with oat crumble and Edinburgh Honey Co. Rose Honey, or beetroot-glazed Scottish smoked salmon royale with dill creme fraiche and rye toast. The all-day menu includes Belhaven lobster, Campbell’s haggis and beef shin bonbons, a Moving Mountains vegan burger and crispy duck bowl with Asian slaw, watermelon and toasted sesame.

329 High Street, Edinburgh,

Pic: Brendan MacNeill

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