Situated on the very trendy Shore in Leith, The Kings Wark has seen some stuff over the years. It’s the restaurant equivalent of the older person we all know. You know, the person in your life who while they are ageing and look old, they wear it well, in a sort of classic way. They’re also still in touch with what it is to be young and, for want of a better term, cool.
When you walk into The Kings Wark, you can just feel the history. It feels like it’s been there since the 1400’s (it was used as a hospital during the Black Plague amongst other things!) but it also feels warm, comforting and almost homely. Thick, exposed stone walls, wooden floors and wooden furniture all give off the historic vibe and at night when the whole place is bathed in candle light and the open fire is roaring, it’s a very relaxing place to be.
The food on offer is very suited to the place. Traditional Scottish cuisine such as Haggis and Fish and Chips and also some classic dishes from around the world such as Beef Stroganoff sit alongside more contemporary alternatives such as Seared Scallops with Chorizo and Orange Foam. This menu shows love for the classics but embraces new ideas.
We ordered from the Market Menu and had the soup, which was a very nice Carrot & Coriander Soup with excellent crusty bread and butter and also the Chicken Terrine with Red Onion Chutney and Charred Bread (toast to you and me). The soup was comforting and tasty and the terrine was full of flavour however we could have done with more of the lovely toa….I mean charred bread to go with it.
For main course we had the Fish and Chips, which was really outstanding and up there with the best we’ve had in Edinburgh. Crispy batter around fresh, perfectly cooked flaky Haddock and crispy yet fluffy on the inside chips. Epic! We also had the Highland Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes and Greens. This was another excellent dish, with tender chunks of venison in a rich gravy smothering the buttery herby potatoes. Proper comfort food. It also paired well with a lovely glass of red wine which washed it down nicely.
Dessert was a Warm Chocolate Brownie with Berry Coulis and Chocolate Ice Cream. Yes, it was every bit as good as it sounds.
Overall, The Kings Wark was a lovely place to be. Welcoming service, cosy environment and great gastro-pub food. It’s like a beacon of comfort in the cold, windy winter nights of Edinburgh
The King’s Wark
Location: 36 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6QU
Good for: Authentic atmosphere, good pub food