The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

Price guide: Budget

14 Albert Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Price guide: Budget

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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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Best for Cheap eats - Expert review of The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

The best fish and chips in Edinburgh. Go - you will thank me.

You might think it isn’t rocket science to make good fish and chips –  the key being the freshest fish and dripping to fry your chips - but it's amazing how many people get it wrong. The Tailend - being owned by a fish merchant - gets it right every time and if you love fish you don't want to miss this

Fish and chips are a big part of Scottish culture and eating at The Tailend is the key to understanding why.  Whilst continuing the tradition of deep fried fish in batter  The Tailend also offer you the choice of having any fish of your choice fried, grilled or breadcrumbed. Catch of the day might include lemon sole, monkfish or sea bass. The fish and chip shop bar and the wee restaurant adjoining it are as clean as a whistle and staffed by a young enthusiastic team.

So if you feel the urge for fish and chips from a wrapper in the car, in your hotel, standing outside in the rain or sitting in, then this is the place to go.

Food and drink: 

You'll find daily specials depending on what is in the fish market served either battered, breaded or grilled. On the day I wrote this seabream, monkfish, lemon sole and pollock were on the menu in addition to the usual suspects. The restaurant is famous for its fish tea, which is haddock and chips, lemon, tartare sauce, mushy or garden peas served with bread and butter. They also do a half fish special for those who don't want to eat an entire 6oz fish - perfect for kids and the elderly.

Fresh beef dripping is used - so nothing of the fried variety is going to suit the veggies in your life. The Tailend don't deliver, as the quality of their batter is their pride and joy (if it stops being light and cripsy they are not happy, so they take no chances). If you take your meal away and drive for miles, then be it on your own head.

Recommended dishes: 

The famous fish tea. As described above. Actually any of the fish - can you tell I like this place?

Average Haddock is about 10oz- a beauty - they also do a half size for the more demure eater. They do kids portions too which include a toy though this is about as far from MacDonalds as you can imagine. Monkfish and chips is sheer decadence and wonderful too.

Battered is my choice the batter is light, cripsy and melt in the mouth and as I keep saying the fish so fresh. Nothing sits on the keep hot shelf it is cooked to order. Oh and leave room for the ice-cream it's Lucas, a locally made but world renowned Italian ice cream maker.

Ambience: 

Split into two distinct areas. The  counter where you watch the guys at work producing your oder, there is a blackboard which has written on it the fish of thday - usually 3 or 4.  You queue and leave with your goodies, in their branded cardboard Tailend boxes  under your arm, or you sit in the restaurant area which is surprisingly nice. Painted a nice marine blue with wooden half height panelling and fish themed art bits and pieces. Always busy at meal times and evenings and a great place for all the family.

Service: 

Efficient and friendly. It will evoke memories of fish and chip shops from yesteryear.

Location: 

More or less the half way point of Leith Walk, though the official address is Albert place, which is just confusing.

Price advice: 

£6.75 for the half fish, £8.75 for a fish supper. The fish tea is £9.95 and I defy anyone not to be full and smiling after that.

Other useful branches: 

The Tailend, Market Street, St Andrews, KY16 9PD; 01334 474 070.

More information on The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Diner, Takeaway
Food:
Scottish, Seafood, Snacks, Traditional
Address:
14 Albert Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh
Telephone:
0131 555 3577
Website:
http://www.tailendrestaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Seven days a week 11.30am-10pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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