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“The place to eat at the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Espy

The Espy
Ranked #316 of 2,449 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Gastropub, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The place to eat at the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

If you want somewhere to eat on the beach in Edinburgh. THe Espy is the place to be. he Porty burger is exceptional with a starter of camembert. When in East Edinburgh you should stop by and watch the beach either crashing or just melting into the beach.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank SteveMcNalls
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great food, great view, great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

On a cold and blustery March afternoon, I popped into The Espy for lunch. First impressions were OK, but not overwhelming. We were ushered to a table to be greeted by a great view of the bubbling North Sea, blown into a lather by a chilling easterly. So, it's looking up. Drinks arrived quickly, menu was interesting. I chose the Sausage and Mash with Red Wine sauce and my travelling companion went for the Jerusalem Artichoke Risotto. Food arrived in about 10 minutes and it was spectacularly good.

Waiting staff were attentive, but not overly so, but something was nagging at the back of mind and I eventually found out what it was - The Espy is owned by the same people who own The Roseleaf in Leith. Totally different atmosphere, look, menus etc., but the same high standards of food and drink.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank EDO152
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place on the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

I live local to the Espy and have always found the staff, mainly Australians, to be really helpful and polite. Food is always good, Sunday brunch being a favourite , the location is terrific, right on the beach. It gets very busy, but don't all good places?

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Warren F
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely burger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Had a lovely lunch, nachos to share were just fab. Good wine with the most delicious burger. Would definitely return. What a view too.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Kerry D
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London
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“Brilliant for beer, dog-friendly, kid-friendly, great food etc etc”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Top pub veru close to my house. Food is excellent (especially burgers) - evening menu a bit more extensive as it includes some chef specials. Great beer (cracking pint of Deuchars, but good guest ales too) all served in old-fashioned proper handled pint glasses. Dog-friendly at the back-end of the pub which is useful if you've been to the beach with your pooch.
Basically just a really nice, relaxed chilled-out environment to while away the hours.
Just recently obtained an outdoor licence so come the Summer a seat on the Esplanade wall outside will be perfect!!
Oh, and the most incredible breakfast anywhere in Portobello.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank BobAlmighty
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