Two popular Edinburgh watering holes named in prestigious list of UK's 50 best gastropubs

Both Capital venues are no stranger to plaudits and much-loved by locals
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Two Edinburgh venues have been included in a prestigious list of the UK’s 50 best gastropubs.

The Doric and The Scran and Scallie made the cut as Big 7 Travel released its annual listing.

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Now in its second year, the Big 7 Travel list is based on factors including ingredient quality, value for money and consistency of reviews. Other considerations include atmosphere, location and accessibility, as well Big 7 Travel’s own writer suggestions and previous awards.

Two Edinburgh venues have been included in a prestigious list of the UK’s 50 best gastropubs.Two Edinburgh venues have been included in a prestigious list of the UK’s 50 best gastropubs.
Two Edinburgh venues have been included in a prestigious list of the UK’s 50 best gastropubs.

Explaining what a gastropub is, the website said: ‘It’s a watering hole that can also compete with top restaurants when it comes to food’.

The Doric, situated on Market Street, certainly meets that criteria – and it came in at No.35 on the list.

In its description of the much-loved Capital venue, Big 7 Travel wrote: ‘A gastropub that dates back to the 17th-century? We’re intrigued, and you should be too.

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‘The Doric holds claim to being the oldest gastropub in the UK, with homemade and locally sourced dishes on the menu for hundreds of years.

‘Now, it’s a popular spot for local brews and delicious food. Expect local dishes such as haggis with a silky Glenkinchie Whisky jus’.

No stranger to plaudits, The Scran and Scallie, on Comely Bank Road, was placed at No.16.

In its description of its the Tom Kitchin-owned venue, Big 7 Travel wrote: ‘A relaxed Scottish gastropub that has a Michelin starred restaurant as a brother, in the form of the local Kitchin.

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‘They focus on super comforting food here, pairing it up with craft beer and a large selection of other great drinks.

‘The sort of place where you could get seriously comfortable and not want to move for a couple of hours’.

The full list of the Top 50 gastropubs compiled by Big 7 Travel can be viewed here.

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