The Paper Mill

4.3
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42 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
Overlooking the beautiful River Esk in the tranquil conservation village of Lasswade, Scotland, the Paper Mill is an all-day bar and restaurant situated in an historic former paper mill. With a long and rich history of papermaking, the Esk Valley was once home to ten mills, renowned for the production of fine papers made from Esparto grass imported from Africa. The era of papermaking ended with the closure of the last mill on the Esk, which ceased production in 2004. With interior design conceived and developed by Jim Hamilton Design and distinctive branding and signage designed by Edinburgh-based creative agency Touch, The Paper Mill is a striking, yet informal destination sympathetic to the village’s historical surroundings. Reclaimed materials, screenprinted artworks and found objects add to this laid-back feel, while a spacious outdoor terrace leads down to the riverbank.
What 42 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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LizD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a while since we visited , whole experience was really good, food excellent, service first class. We will definitely be back .

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EAPA
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I recommended the Paper Mill to the relatives we were meeting up with and they were very impressed with the whole experience.

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Foodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and drink! Will definitely be returning ....

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Maggiemay
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time back in a long time, found the staff pleasant and welcoming, although maybe could have been a bit quicker in providing drinks, but other than that no complaint. The food was really good, looked appetising and well presented. The décor and ambience were fine, we had a good night.

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Pauwed
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were delayed in getting to the restaurant but they very kindly held our table. Lovely staff and food was very good. Great family meal.

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Angus
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a great find and pleased to recommend for lunch or supper.

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Louis
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Interior needs an upgrade: we sat in a booth - seating was torn and worn. Food was mediocre. Our so-called ribeye steaks were over-cooked and of poor quality. Sauces were bland and tasted like packet mix. Service was fine but overall we had a very underwhelming evening. Unable to recommend.

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JaneR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was quick and plate well composed for a Full Scottish . They could not find booking initially which was a bit frustrating so got sat by door which was rather busy going in and out. Previous experiences have been better. Plenty food but a little bland. Usually food tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic breakfast, great service, beautiful building

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RuthF
Perthshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening meal, couldn’t fault it!

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MargaretS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very pleasant experience. I will definitely be back.

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DianeS
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice staff. Very helpful. Busy inside with diners. Music on large which sounded very good.
Only down side was upholstery on chairs, very stained and dirty looking.
Table tops were same. Would still go back for food.

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VickiW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food we had was very tasty but I was disappointed with the choice! only 1 thing on menu that I fancied preferred the mon- Thursday menu so would check menu before I went again the guy singing was good and service was good .

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JeanS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambiance was good and we had a lovely table
When we arrived we didn’t get much of welcome and had the ‘I’ll be with you in a minute’ line
The waitress was very pleasant however when she was allocated our table
I had a vegetarian starter and main but they were very similar Mushroom and cheese. I felt that more imagination for the veggie options were needed
We had three courses each and three alcoholic drinks and one soft drink which cost £80 for two which I suppose is a fair price out of town
By the time we came to ordering pudding we were in two minds as to whether we just went home because the waiting staff were distracted ,busy chatting and took about 30 minutes to realise that we were ready to order
Overall It was ok but not somewhere that I would rush back to and think that it could be a lot better

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SunnivaH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On our bus route from Edinburgh - good find - we’ll be back!

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StanD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a last minute thing, but thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Service was excellent. Only minor complaint is that hot plates would keep food warmer longer. Will certainly be back.

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Lesliefin
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had excellent meal and service on Dec 18th. Choice was good and so was wine and cocktail list. Will certainly go back

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HelenT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were very impressed by the Paper Mill, Service was quick, food tasty 😋 but could have been a bit hotter! Overall a happy experience 👏

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Mark
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food, the new menu is great. Staff are always perfect.

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Goodlocation. Reservation process nice and simple. Staff welcoming and friendly. Food a bit slow but it was busy and we got a verbal update which helped. Would come again to try different meal. A nice place to meet friends.

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LeighW
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch with a pal great food. Great gin fizz menu.

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NicS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It's a great place to eat/drink with friends - has the buzz of a city restaurant/bar but local. The drinks service is has been rather slow the last few times I've visited which is a little disappointing.

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a great meal celebrating a family members birthday .
Food , beers and cocktails all excellent .
Service was very good too , all round an enjoyable time .

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CherylS
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Menu had less choice than previously. Burgers and steaks were good, fish was a bit bland as were the Chilli fish cakes. New bar food offering is a great idea. Service was spot on. We live locally so great to have somewhere you don’t have to drive to.

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AudreyS
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Went to the Paper Mill for a birthday lunch for my mum. It was a beer festival weekend which I did not know. Very noisy, busy with extremely loud guitarist playing "rock" style music. Table was by the door to the toilets, people constantly going in and out, children had toys from a "toy basket" all over the floor.
Parking was very difficult.
Tried numerous times to call and book a table, but no answer so booked through Opentable.
Food was good.

JM
JoanM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit and the food was excellent. Lovely surroundings too.

KM
KyleM
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Staff were really friendly and helpful

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JaneW
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a splendid supper at The Paper Mill. The menu choice, presentation of dishes and service were all excellent. This is a wee gem of a restaurant in a pretty location.

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FlyingScot
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, really tasty food and the place had a real buzz about it. My mum and dad thoroughly enjoyed it and so did we.

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Pmr23
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is good but a long wait for it, even the drinks take a while and it wasn’t busy. Doesn’t put me off returning but is disappointing.

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ValM
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, really friendly attentive staff. Great food, fresh, hot and 2 mains for £12 is excellent value.

HB
HeatherB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

My daughter and i had dinner at papermill for my birthday.we both had the trout to start with.was nice but not much at all on plate.i had the beef for mains and my daughter had the chichen.was good but luke warm.would have enjoyed it more if the meals were hot.perhaps the food was put onto cold plates.beef was wonderfully tender.

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Fabfans
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch with friends - good food and very friendly pleasant waitress

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IanO
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A family birthday celebration- good choice of food-attentive pleasant service. Like most restaurants, food is salted to the "average" requirement. Much less could salt be used in cooking and then allow the addicts to add their own extra top up.

HB
HeatherB
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal.had 3 courses with my family.good cocktails.enjoyed the busy atmosphere.service was excellent.food was quick in coming.

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NicS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food with a great service. Children's menu is very good value with quality ingredients.
Nothing is too much trouble.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for my son's 40th birthday and enjoyed our meal, but was disappointed to find at five o'clock certain courses were unavailable or limited. Don't think I would come back on a Sunday evening.

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FlyingScot
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty dinner which my father in law thought was wonderful on his 80th birthday. The beef he had was delicious and very tender and my rib eye steak was cooked to perfection. The ladies had chicken and the fish and chips and equally enjoyed their dishes. The salmon tartare was also a very nice starter. Our waitress was very attentive and made us feel right at home.

Great dining experience all round. Also very good in the summer for a drink and food down by the river. Roll on summer!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Disappointed that the previous good value lunch was now very expensive. No combination prices and no smaller portion options. A very expensive family lunch bill did taint the occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The restaurant was nicely laid out inside.The area outside was also very attractive.We chose a main course and a sweet.Two of us got the main course from the xmas menu which was fine.my wife got the fish&chips which she thought was not cooked very well with the batter which should have been crispy not soggie and tasteless .The other member of the group had the burger which he thought was very poorly cooked.We complained to the manager who didn't charge for these items.

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