Food and drink
Fish is the order of the day. There are meat and veggie options too, but the menu is predominantly fish. The kitchen runs along one side of this huge restaurant, which lets you see the man cooking your meal and there is a huge fish counter where you can buy from a spectacular display of fresh produce.
They operate as a bar as well as a restaurant so the wine list is comprehensive and staff knowledgable on the subject. Food is the reason the majority of people come though. The hot smoked salmon, soused herring and old favourite fish and chips are hard to beat.
Their fish pie is a favourite. Creamy mashed potato tops a delicious creamy selection of seasonal seafood. And kippers! Yes if you like kipppers these really are top.
Wooden floors, large glass windows and vast ceilings give Loch Fyne a real feel of sophisticated salty seadog. With 120 seats they have planned and executed their use of space carefully. There is no needle in a haystack feeling here, with a bar and wall-to-wall wine at one end, and wooden tables and chairs filling the floor space. The entire length of the building on one side is floor to ceiling windows overlooking Newhaven harbour and the kitchen runs along the other wall offering life, energy, views and a great buzz.
Great: casual and friendly. The place is big so high demand for tables at peak times can mean service is a little slow. Let them know if you are in a hurry.
A little out of town, down to Leith with loads of parking. Right on the harbour side with views out over Newhaven harbour, this is another side of Edinburgh altogether. Peaceful and, no matter what the weather, a lovely place to sit. After lunch you can walk along the pier to the lighthouse and work off that unplanned but irresistible pudding.
£10 for a two-course fixed price menu is excellent value. You'll pay £7.50 for main course only. Kids eat free with adults at the weekend. If your kids eat like mine. this is a huge bonus.
Tables to book
Alfresco with large sun shades - or umbrellas depending on what the weather has in store - lovely as right by the waterside. You can prop up the bar end of the restaurant, which is great if you're eating on your own or just want a casual drink and snack.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery