The Compass Pub, Edinburgh

You might not know this, but I did my masters at the University of Edinburgh.  It was probably the shortest academic career I ever had – one year of a taught masters, but I really enjoyed this beautiful, ancient city, famous for its immersion in arts and culture.  However, since I was a bit busy with my course, I tended to stick to the lovely Old Town area, close to the university.  So when I decided to head up to Edinburgh for a weekend with my friends to do the Reindeer Run 10k race at Glamis Castle, we decided to stay in the Leith section of town, which I wasn’t at all familiar with.  It’s undergone a great regeneration in the last few years – one of the definitive perks is the growing number of nice restaurants.

We decided to try The Compass pub off a recommendation on Trip Advisor and ended up having a lovely Saturday night.  We had made a reservation, but even if we hadn’t, the pub wasn’t overly full – nice and quiet and with a good volume for chatting.

The menu was basic pub food, but had an emphasis on local Scottish food, as well as using some of the beer served in the pub (beer battered fish and steak and ale pie both use local Scottish ale).  It was also incredibly delicious – I’ve added a couple photos so you can see for yourself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey started with complementary fresh bread – which actually, is rather unusual and lovely for a pub – it was delicious.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeardy Bestie Fran absolutely loved her sole with lemon and dill stuffed with crab, while I relished my steak and ale pie (although it could have used a bit more crust – but I’m a real crust fan).

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Beardy Fiance greatly enjoyed his steak (good Scottish beef)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe didn’t get to stay for dessert or ater-dinner drinks, as we were heading to see Thor: The Dark World, but I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a lovely, really not expensive, upscale gastropub in Leith, I would definitely recommend it!

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