The King's Wark
The King’s Wark, situated on the water of Leith, is one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs. This charming waterfront inn, built in 1432, has a rich history that few other pubs can rival. The building was restored by Queen Mary and later became a plague hospital, then was granted to Bernard Lindsay in 1631 by King James VI. Today, The King’s Wark embraces the gentriﬁcation that has swept through Leith in recent years, and stands deﬁant as a testament to a simpler time when good beer, great food and a steady stream of regulars were all that a place needed to survive. Its inviting and relaxing environment is the ideal spot to gather with friends or family to drink, dine and socialise in style.
Inside, the traditional bar rapidly ﬁlls up on weekends, when locals and visitors can be found chatting away and sipping drinks between courses. While the exceptional and friendly team serves some of the best gastro food in the capital, why not quench your thirst with a libation from the selection of well-kept cask ales and Scottish gins, or look to the cocktails, coffee and lovely wine list. It’s not all about liquid gratiﬁcation here though – an accomplished food menu sees traditional Scottish fare cooked fresh to order, with a few seasonal seafood options thrown in for good measure.
The King’s Wark has built quite a reputation for serving some of the ﬁnest weekend breakfasts in Edinburgh, not to mention the weekday lunches, amazing cheeseboards and popular brunch menu. From the evening menu, delve into starters such as traditional or vegetarian haggis with whisky sauce, succulent conﬁt pork served with spiced coleslaw and rosemary chips, or the delicious duo of salmon. Move on to mains of steamed Shetland mussels served with crusty bread, smoked haddock, pea and caramelised onion risotto, or pan-fried sea bass accompanied by asparagus, peas, spinach and mussel and clam sauce. Take in the dark wood and exposed stonework while you indulge in great food and drink and immerse yourself in history at The King’s Wark.