Nobles Bar and restaurant

44a Constitution Street,


What is it: In the past this stunning public house with a rich history was in danger of becoming just another Leith boozer but since its newest owners took over in 2010 it has gained a great reputation for food and drink. A fantastic example of Victorian pub decor, it has stunning stained glass windows, dark wood, beautiful tiled flooring with quirky, comfortable furniture. The decorations are a little eccentric, with lots of pictures in homage to the Port of Leith and the old trading ships that helped put Edinburgh on the map.

Interesting fact: I find the history of Leith fascinating, On January 9, 1823, just up the road from Nobles, the last two men executed for piracy in Scotland were hanged in Constitution Street. The two men were Peter Heaman from Sweden and Francois Gautiez from France.

Verdict: I really enjoyed my visit. Leith is fast becoming my favourite place in the capital to eat and drink. Nobles is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy some quality food and drink, the staff were friendly and couldn't do more to help. I would be over the moon if this was my local.

Drink: Great selection of beers, wines and spirits on offer. I chose a pint of Caesar Augustus IPA from the Williams Brewery for £3.95. This is a lovely bar to sit and have a few drinks at.

Food: I was really impressed with the food here. There's a great good balance of pub atmosphere and casual dining: a hard combination to get right. The menu is classic with a few curve balls thrown in using locally-sourced ingredients. I had the moules-frites: steamed Shetland mussels with the sauce du jour and fries for £11.95.

Price: In Leith, prices fluctuate depending on what experience you are looking for. Here, they are spot on for the quality and brands being sold.

Alfresco: Room for a few tables and chairs out front when the sun eventually comes back out.

Children: I believe kids are allowed in if eating with adults, until early evening.

Perfect for: Meeting with a group of friends for dinner and drinks after a long week at work.

Avoid if: You were expecting a typical Leith boozer.

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