Famously positioned between a tiny little statue of a dog and a great big graveyard frequented by notorious Burke and Hare, Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar has plenty of illustrious neighbours, should you plan walkies down George IV Bridge in central Edinburgh. Hurry though, as the intimate little pub is about to celebrate the Jubilee, then take a fortnight’s break, prior to reopening, later in June, replete with new kitchens, and an interior refit that’s more in keeping with its pedigree.
New landlord Gillian Newman is looking forward to taking up the lead. “It’s a major investment in bringing up to date,” she says. “There’s lots of history here, and that’s really important to respect. So, what you’ll see is a really welcoming version of the bar you’ve always known. We’ll have a beautiful new dining area, a really good traditional bar area, and a relaxing, traditional snug, where we’ll serve you just how you want.”
Backstage, brand new kitchens are being fitted, in preparation for a new, table-served menu. “We’re working on the details right now, but you’ll taste the same familiar range of fresh, locally sourced dishes.” So, fans of the pub’s much loved Black Pudding Potato Cake will be pleased, for sure.
The newly groomed Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar opens its doors on 27 June, after staff obedience training, of course. Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar, 30-34 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QE. 0131 225 8328.