The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

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Occupying the former home of Susan Ferrier – the equal of Jane Austen according to Sir Walter Scott – The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen pays homage to its illustrious heritage, whilst offering relaxed dining for how we live now.
MODERN SOCIAL DRINKING & DINING

Open from first thing in the morning until late at night, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is set to become a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s vibrant social scene.
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HW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit here and the food is consistently excellent, . Lovely atmosphere and very pleasant staff . We will be back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was quite slow for just 3 tables seated at the time.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were seated to our table by a rather unhappy server who was annoyed that they accepted a 21:30 reservation.
She failed to mention the majority of their main courses was unavailable before taking our drink order, which meant we had to stay despite the rest of the menu having had no appeal to us whatsoever.
The food was ok, the fries that came with the burger was almost raw but the scallops were delicious.
What spoilt the evening the most was after we had our mains, the server could not wait for us to leave and pretty much ushered us out the door by suggesting we don’t order dessert (‘I’m sure you’re too full for dessert, shall I bring the bill?’), which we gladly took as we did not wish to spend anymore time or money at this restaurant. There’s plenty of other restaurants with substance in Edinburgh, do not be fooled by their decor and ambiance!

d
Edinburgh
155 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very reliable.

m
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was slow and disjointed. The starters arrived in 5 minutes waiting a further hour for the cold main courses. Sadly we had little time so returning the meals would have meant we went hungry.

The waitress seemed incapable of splitting £150 bill in two

With so many other restaurants to choose from sadly we will not be back

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not fault!!!

CB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We visited as it was our wedding anniversary and we also got married here.
We were very kindly greeted with a glass of complimentary prosecco and congratulations from staff which was a very lovely touch.
We were told it was the 1st day of the new menu and feedback welcomed so here goes.
My husband had the salmon starter which he said wasn't great as the greenery was too overpowering. I had the chicken and chorizo starter which was ok.
We then went for the chataubriand to share and we're extremely disappointed with this as it presented very similar to a Sunday roast.
For the money we spent it was not up to standard and we were disappointed with our choice to dine here.
Drinks were nice however my 1st choice was not available.
Attentive and friendly staff.

m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. We started off with the diver scallops (perfectly prepared) and goat cheese salad. For entrees we selected the Plaise and roasted cauliflower. Again fantasitically delicious and perfectly prepared. By far the best restaurant with the best service we experienced in Edinburgh.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder service, great food and cool atmosphere.

GC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

There was no evidence when we arrived that I'd booked a table in spite of your online checking to ensure that I was attending. Slightly embarrassing as I was entertaining important guests

W
Cumbria
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely little find. This restaurant is part of the Principal hotel, but you would not think it. The food is fantastic, service is wonderful and they have some lovely cocktails as well as a vast array of other drinks. I would recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh. Value for money is fab too.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and atmosphere, perfect for a night out :)

d
Edinburgh
155 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Booking taken, but restaurant effectively closed. Seated in bar, where music was too loud. Three tables occupied, yet service slow, slightly surly, and rather inexpert. Normally this is a very good place, so they must have been having an off night.

d
Edinburgh
155 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good, reliable, brasserie-style restaurant. Nice friendly service.

OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food was delicious

G
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our booking was for 7.45pm but our table was not available until 8.15pm. The people before would not leave (l was told they had been there for 3 hours). The manager should have been more firm.

PF
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and service was excellent.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dinner with a friend.

LF
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Booked The Printing Press for our 1st wedding anniversary and were unfortunately left very disappointed and deflated. It’s a special occasion we’ll never get back.

Arrived at 1930, didn’t find front of house as welcoming as most other places we’ve dined and the restaurant itself was pretty much empty, devoid of any sort of atmosphere and dull with just background noise from the bustling main bar are on another room. You can imagine how awkward it felt when a couple was sat next to us mid-meal (very close - pretty much sharing a table) and conversation was completely dampened for both parties.

Given the food and wine menu with no recommendations or explanation as to what alternative drinks were available if we didn’t want wine.

Opted for haggis and puréed neeps (£8) while wife opted for smoked haddock fish cake to start (£7), chatueabriand steak (£60) to share as a main. Starters were ok/average but we thought they were over priced and while the steak was recommended medium rare it was very rare and bloody in the centre and wife couldn’t eat it (I had them bits). Again it was £10 more expensive than Miller and Carters same cut, served with oven chips, the peppercorn sauce was bland/tasteless and far too “watery” while the side salad missed a choice of dressing. Just covered in a stong balsamic vinaigrette which was a bit over-powering.

Service lacked warmth. was very brief and very impersonal compared to other places we’ve dined. Check came to £100 exactly for mediocre food including a bottle of Pinot Noir (£25). No dessert - gave it a miss.

Personally we wouldn’t recommend or return to The Printing Press when in Edinburgh again as there’s much better options and experiences around George Street and Fredrick Street.

Sorry Printing Press!!!!

C
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant, excellent service. The cocktails were not only beautiful but delicious as well. The meals were lovely and well presented. The staff was wonderful with our children!

MS
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An excellent meal with family & friends. Beautiful bars to the left and right as you enter - some fabulously theatrical cocktails on offer. Busy early evening though, so you may struggle to find a seat.
In the restaurant the food was very good - picanha steaks were the most popular choice at our table. The service was friendly and attentive - the waiters were fun and nothing was too much trouble. Our only complaint was that we were a little cold by the large windows at the far end of the dining room.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable meal. Moderately priced but good value. With tip, a good bottle of red & drinks we were around £55 per head for three courses.

n
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were disappointed by this restaurant. The ambiance lacked warmth, possibly because the place was almost empty. The food was mediocre. My husband and I both ordered steak, which was thin and overcooked. The only saving grace was dessert. Unsure if there was an in-house pastry chef or if the desserts were imported, but they were the only good thing we had.

d
Edinburgh
155 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food: the oysters and plaice were absolutely superb. Accompanying vegetables and salad very well prepared. Great chips. Good wine list at reasonable prices for Edinburgh. The good greatly exceeded my expectations. Service a little slow and ambience slightly impaired by loud music and noise from adjacent bar. But very good experience overall.

NW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely superb Sunday roast sirloin with all the trimmings.

JM
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Early evening meal and birthday dinner for my wife and I ended up a real winner
The main restaurant was quiet upon arrival which gave us a bit more time to discuss menu and wine list with waiter Mindi
We picked expensive Chardonnay and weren’t disappointed
We both choose same starter of goats cheese salad which was amazing
Warm wilted leaves dressed to compliment goats cheese
Both mains hit the spot
Sea Bass and Battered Fish were both excellent with side of green beans with garlic flakes a stand out
Only disappointed on the night was the Duck egg custard was off the menu
However the food overall and the friendly waiter helped make this a SPECIAL occasion
As we left the placed was filling up nicely and we will be back

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and drinks

MM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall1food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is ideally situated in Edinburgh city centre and therefore in a prime position for passing trade. It is well laid out with lots of wood around and is spotlessly clean and refreshing. Only 3 tables were taken during my whole visit. The food was excellent, very tasty and the service was first class. All well with one exception. The mouse running around for around 20 minutes before it went home. It happens I suppose, from time to time. We reported it to staff, who apologised .... but nothing was done, although it would have been a riot if they did try to catch the poor thing, en masse. It is during the Festival after all. Anyway, it gave me a feeling that the said mouse and its family may be regular visitors and this puts me off revisiting. Overall 8/10, with mouse 2/10.

LS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere in bar and dining room. We were not rushed at all by staff. Always someone to ask if needed but nobody hovering unnecessarily. Tables nicely spaced so you can have private converation. Fish was the freshest I have ever tasted. Thoroughly recommend for any occaision.

MF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was s great spot on our first night in Edinburgh. Teenage kids have food allergies and they were great helping us with that. All the food was delicious and nicely presented. Service was great. Meat items particularly great. This was a great choice.

SA
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic table in an elevated position at the far end window. Seats 6,and is recommended. Had the steak which was cooked just as I’d requested,and was very good. No complaints from fellow diners regarding their choices. Superb(Spanish?) waiter. The basics done very well ,without being stellar.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They allowed to make late reservation (10:15 pm) on OpenTable but when you get there they tell you that the kitchen closes at 10pm. Very disappointing.

Y
London
22 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen - a friends get-together meal on a Saturday evening. Good location, excellent food and drinks list. The staff where fantastic. I would definitely eat there again.

SA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Relaxed atmosphere, exquisite food and a very nice wine.

PD
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and the food was amazing. Would highly recommend it!!!

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Disappointing that they ran out of their very own gin - which was advertised on the chalk board outside and on the menu. Otherwise very happy with our meal

T
London
58 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice decor, good steaks and a good drinks list. Nothing to complain about!

OT
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Traveling - daughters birthday

OT
Edinburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Foil found in one of the dishes... apology was accepted, but no discount applied - not the usual standard of service I'm used to in a more up market restaurant. Service was slow at times, but not awful. Waited for almost half an hour on the bill. I don't like to draw attention to these things with waiting staff, but I'd had enough of the waiting. So I had to be fairly abrupt. Wasn't asked if we required more drinks after pudding and a quick toilet break. I wouldn't go back based on the service, but the food was good.

V
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Ambience was excellent. If ordering water ensure you order tap otherwise £3.50 a bottle.

G
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious dinner on a Friday nite, last in Edinburgh. Had cider and a chicken, leek, mushroom, chestnut pie, presented with open moth ceramic black bird in center!
Very nice atmosphere, service, and experience!
Unfortunately pie left no room for dessert!