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“Every town should have one!”

Stockbridge Restaurant
Ranked #32 of 2,449 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $45
Cuisines: British, Scottish, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Stockbridge & Dean Village
Description: Up and coming chef Jason Gallagher has done a fine job in turning the former haunt of local 'celebrity' chef Juliet Lawrence Wilson into a luxurious showcase of his own exciting style of Modern European cuisine. The basement space really is a lovely little restaurant for a romantic meal or special occasion. Black-painted walls decorated with modern art work well with plush golden upholstered chairs, thick white table linen and fairy lights to create an especially intimate atmosphere. Gallagher works with fresh, seasonal ingredients so the menu often changes, but the offerings are guaranteed to be indulgent and of the kind that feel like they're a real treat to be eating. Perfect service too.
Sandiacre, United Kingdom
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“Every town should have one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

If you're visiting Edinburgh, you must try The Stockbridge restaurant! Absolutely brilliant! Superb service and food at a sensible price. We're just in Edinburgh for the weekend, but already thinking about how we can fit in eating here again! If we lived locally we'd eat here often. Every town should have one! Tip: We booked it on-line a week in advance, which is probably advisable.

  • Visited February 2013
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“Fantastic for a special occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

This quaint basement restaurant in the northern part of Edinburgh was a fabulous location to celebrate my birthday with my girlfriend.

The food is rich and extremely well-flavoured, and you definitely leave with a smile on your face.

My better half was certainly pleased with her dessert: a chocolate brownie, and chocolate brulee with chocolate mousse and white chocolate ice cream... Chocolate heaven!

The service was immaculate throughout, and we really felt like valued customers, which is the mark of a good restaurant.

Would highly recommend to a couple looking for a romantic evening meal.

  • Visited November 2012
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Biggar, United Kingdom
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“Good food in (almost) relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

The restaurant is located down a set of stairs below street level and therefore could be difficult to access for those who are less able. There seems to be a bit of a mix of residential and commercial properties in the street and free parking spaces looked difficult to find.

The restaurant had just re-opened after the festive season. We had booked online during the closure and this was confirmed by a telephone call to us, with mention that the table would be need to be freed up by 8.30pm.

On the night we were running late due to train cancellations however when we phoned the restaurant to advise we were assured this would not be a problem.

Inside we were welcomed by staff, our coats were taken and we were pretty much given a free choice of tables since it was early and no other guests had arrived. We headed for one next to a radiator (standing on a platform for 30 minutes in chilly conditions hadn’t been a great start to the evening).

The restaurant is small and has quite dark décor but despite a relaxed, cozy atmosphere we didn‘t feel physically warm even by the end of the evening - although to be fair it was very cold outside. Table settings included linen table covers/napkins and silver cutlery.

The menu was also fairly small however our choices made we settled back and enjoyed some wine we had ordered and a selection of complimentary fresh bread. This was followed by an amuse-bouche of parma ham with tomatoes - welcoming touches.

For starters my wife had Cod served with courgette ribbons and prawns which was very good and I had Pigeon with black pudding cubes served with a port jus. The pigeon was very tender and the flavours on the plate all worked very well together.

Next my wife had selected Sea Bass with chorizo, boiled potatoes, tomatoes and a salsa sauce. She is not normally a great fan of fish and had surprised me by selecting it as starter and mains! I on the other hand am keen on fish but had gone for Venison (served medium rare per Chef’s suggestion), with pear, celeriac, roast potatoes and kale. If I had opted for the fish I would have been disappointed - it looked overdone and there wasn‘t much of it on the plate. As it was my wife was happy enough with the small portion size and enjoyed the dish overall. The venison was delicious - again very tender although the accompanying selection didn’t work as well for me as the starter.

By this time the restaurant was filling out quite gradually to provide a good spread of orders for the kitchen and eventually was almost full. Feeling a little guilty that we may have upset the arrangements by turning up 25 minutes late we still ventured to try a dessert despite the advised 20 minute preparation. Further reference was made to the arrival of the next guests however as they too were running late ultimately there was no issue. (The whole aspect of being moved on was a background issue and not one I’m a supporter of although I appreciate the owners wish to maximise capacity and some patrons may overstay their welcome nursing an empty glass).

We were given a complimentary passion fruit sorbet whilst we waited for dessert. It transpired that our Banana Tartin (banana on pastry with vanilla ice cream & caramel sauce) and Plum & Almond Crumble served with creme anglaise and praline ice cream did take 20 minutes. My wife was expecting something a little more by way of presentation with the tartin but it tasted fine and I marvelled at the way she managed to finish off the caramel sauce without licking the plate! The crumble dish was also very tasty and worth the wait.

Service throughout was very pleasant and our glasses were topped up as required - including our bottled water (at £3.75 for a bottle, hence many others opted for the tap variety). Everything is done as you would hope in a good restaurant and in a relaxed manner.

There was a mixed age range of adults and although the website indicated a “smart casual” dress code by way of guidance there was also a mixed turnout - mostly smart casual, with a few having interpreted this as best jeans and t-shirt.

We ended up departing the restaurant after just over 2 hours (the allotted time) - and prior to the arrival of the next guests. A couple of other tables had become free in the meantime one of which was offered to walk-in diners - although much earlier we‘d also seen a few potential guests without bookings having to turn around and head back upstairs disappointed.

In summary the restaurant is small, has a nice ambiance, serves very tasty food (game seems to be a speciality), provides those complimentary “extras” between courses and the service is pleasant. On the downside be prepared to book and dine within a fixed timeslot and expect that your wallet will be a bit lighter - our bill, excluding tip, was just short of £100 (of which the wine was £27).




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  • Visited January 2013
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“Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Great food & great service also good value for money, the Sunday sample menu was delicious. Can't wait to visit again soon.

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“Always great food, service and atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have eaten here half a dozen times and have never had a bad meal. Everything is always cooked to perfection and presented in a very attractive manner. The service is exemplary and the wine list well chosen and reasonably priced. The menu changes regularly so there are always new thing to try. Over the years venison and rabbit have been stand out dishes on the menu. My son finishes university later this year and of all the restaurants I have eaten in Edinburgh this has been my favourite. I will not need much excuse to come back here.

  • Visited December 2012
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