“ Bar, Gastro Pub, Restaurant / Address: 44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS / Tel: 0131 629 7215 / Web: noblesbarleith.co.uk „
This bar like so many in Leith used to be pretty rough and if this excellent bar is the result of 'gentrification' then so be it, I approve. I welcome the effort and care that has clearly been lavished on this listed and historic place. I recommend the pork collar with apple rosti and haggis cream, they have Black isle ales on tap and a fine choice of wine by the glass. Quite possibly a contender for the crown!
If you are looking with a pub with a bit of character in Edinburgh, you could do much worse than take a short trip out to Leith and sink a pint at Nobles bar. Situated on Constitution Street, near the thriving Shore area, Nobles is Victorian value in and out. Although perhaps not looking immediately inviting from the outside, because of the dark stained glass windows, once you step inside they really come into their own. Depicting scenes from the sea and (as far as I know) original they are lovely to look at from within especially on a bright autumn afternoon. The bar prices are, for Edinburgh and Leith, quite cheap with a good range of cask ales on offer and several types of wine. Although it can be disconcertingly quiet during the week, make the trip on a Friday or Saturday night and the joint will (literally) be jumping with blues or jazz from a live band. And if you stay out a little bit long the night before - highly likely due to Scotland's liberal licensing laws, you can always return for a fry up in the morning (though it won't be the best or cheapest you can get in Leith). Don't panic football fans, there are two tvs and a big screen! And look out for the Barman's backhander (happy hour) on a Friday from 4-7pm
Established in 1897 and recently re-opened with a revamp and a very positive change in direction by the new owners, TaylorMacaulay, who have created a new, modern Scottish menu.