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Purslane Restaurant

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Stockbridge & Dean Village
International
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33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
0131-226-3500
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Well well well!

I have no idea why it took me three and a half years (since opening) to hear about chef Paul Gunning and Purslane. Please don't tell everyone though the capacity is small.( Note to chef, I for one would invest in an expansionist plan!) We were seated and well served next the open basement front... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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607 reviews 607 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I have no idea why it took me three and a half years (since opening) to hear about chef Paul Gunning and Purslane. Please don't tell everyone though the capacity is small.( Note to chef, I for one would invest in an expansionist plan!) We were seated and well served next the open basement front door on a fine weather... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

From the set menu and delicious meal using local and seasonal foods - gorgeous food and great service.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I could not decide what to have because it all looked good so we when for the tasting menu with wine. All the food was fab well balanced and lovely flavours and with the wine completing the food. We left very well feed and happy and for the money it was very resin able we would defamatory... More 

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Tayport, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

At short notice (30 minutes) we booked a table for three and arrived, as requested at 12.15. The entrance is steep and not suitable for disabled access, which was not a problem as all three were ambulant. The restaurant is very small (20 covers) and the decor is muted, but acceptable. Another table of three were already seated and two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Ok, so my title pretty much says it all. To be honest, I don't really do reviews - but I thought I would take the time today to give word about my girlfriend and I's lovely dinner last night. Purslane are closed on Monday's, which given that the whole operation is only Paul (the chef/owner who we met last night... More 

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West Calder, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Tasting lunch menu was fantastic. Wine pairing sooo gooood. They say good things come in small packages, Purslane may be small but it definitely is good.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You could easily walk past this restaurant owing to its basement location...but don't! The cosy restaurant only has about 10 covers at one time but this just adds to the atmosphere. The food is absolutely incredible...fine dining without the extortionate prices and surprisingly generous portions. The owner also took his time to have a chat with us, which was a... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Hidden away in the heart of Edinburgh's Stockbridge area, what a delightful find. Probably one of the best meals I've ever tasted. Food was cooked to perfection and presentation was exquisite. Staff were a credit to the owner. Definitely on my must visit list when I'm in town. Need to remember and pre book so not to be disappointed.

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Edinbugh
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Stumbled across this small restaurant on a randomn Tuesday night out. Went for the faultless 7 course taster menu with paired wines. Exceptional from first to last. Genuinely surprised at this class of dining hidden away in Stockbridge. Thoroughly enjoyable meal and recommended to anyone that enjoys fine food. Reasonably priced and will definitely return. Thanks for a lovely meal!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Had another amazing meal at Purslane last night. I had the seabream to start with arancini balls and Parmesan polenta. The dish was absolutely stunning. For the main I went for hake with mash, cauliflower purée, cauliflower tempura and brocolli. Every piece of this dish was like heaven. I'd highly recommend this place. The food is absolutely brilliant, the service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33a St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Neighborhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
  • Phone Number: 0131-226-3500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

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Staying in Stockbridge & Dean Village

Neighborhood Profile
Stockbridge & Dean Village
Just downhill of New Town and attractively straddling a river near the elegant Royal Botanic Garden, it’s small wonder that Stockbridge became one of the city’s first hip neighborhoods. It’s now one of Edinburgh’s most desirable, though many bohemian touches have fallen away as its residents have matured and the area has gentrified. Some second-hand shops cling on, but mostly residents display refined tastes in basement bistros, gastropubs, coffee and antique shops, boutiques and delis and at the Sunday farmers' market. A pleasant ten-minute walk away, along a leafy riverside path beside the gurgling Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. This sleepy neighborhood of medieval half-timbered houses still retains much of the village feel it had when watermills plied their trade here. Beyond, the wooded riverside path feels even more remote as it climbs to the sculpture gardens of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.