The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

4.1
93 reviews
£25 and under
Scottish
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 93 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.0
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4.1
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3.8
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KateS
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service, terrible menu choice- menu did not reflect what was a available & was taken away after ordering the first drink. There was nothing on the tables- not even napkins. I asked for a replacement straw twice. The lager was awful and flat. Was not impressed

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CraigC
Edinburgh
54 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Drinks only - good choice of wines and cocktails by the glass.

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foodie1
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a lovely lunch. Nice backdrop, nice menu, kids menu was spot on, serving staff were very polite and helpful but service itself was a bit slow. Will be going back.

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GrantP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just awful, 40 minutes to wait for a drink, didn't even bother ordering food given how poor the staff were.

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Sheena
Edinburgh
21 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal in relaxing surroundings. Glad we'd booked because walk-ins were being turned away.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Lack of service, generally felt disappointed by the experience.
Ambience was limited due to their not being music on.
I appreciate the staff are (obviously) new, so little mistakes can be forgiven. However, we were left for long periods of time with no drinks, no food order, no water in our empty glasses...

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Turned away for being 10 mins late despite trying to call multiple times and not phone not being picked up

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Music to loud, service was good but to quick , to expensive

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kellyE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was fantastic, service was a little slow.
We ate in the restaurant area it was very quite for a Saturday night with not much atmosphere, none the less we enjoyed our time.

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vipPeter
London
21 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The onion tart was exquisite and the Scottish garden cocktail intense

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere . Really friendly service from the gentleman at the front door right through out all staff.

The menu was great and food was amazing.

Staff were enthusiastic and helpful including my requests of non alcohol beverages . Cocktails included .

Would definitely recommend and I will revisit

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DavidW
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, lovely place. Highly recommended and can't wait to go again.

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iEat
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and attentive. The food was great and the ambiance was nice and relaxed. I have already recommended to my friends and would to anyone else.

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LilianR
Edinburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.
Excellent staff
Lovely atmosphere

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AnnieB
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for a Birthday meal for my friend. The food was delicious and was happy with the vapour considering the quality of the food. My friend had the beef with mushrooms and I had a ribeye steak which was melt in the mouth. We both opted for the apple tart for pudding which was lovely and a good portion size as well. The only trouble we had was trying to get anyone to bring over the bill as I’m we ended up speaking to three different staff members to get it. I do appreciate that it was a Friday night and the bar was very busy.

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vipTimM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with a decent menu including a variety of interesting cocktails. Fairly quiet and friendly wait staff.

JB
JohnB
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice environment but the flickering lights detracted a little. Service was attentive but the food was good not great. Small menu also

CG
CarolineG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The location is quite easy to find and either renovation inside or outside is impressing. But there are not many choices in Main.

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vipOpenTable Diner
County Durham
19 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant!
Staff was nice and attentive
Food was so good especially in love with the bone marrow gravy sauce that comes with our steak, totally lush

HW
HilaryW
Edinburgh
4 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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 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!

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vipdirewolf
Edinburgh
158 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very reliable.

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mitch156
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

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not fault!!!

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ClaireB
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.

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melissam
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.

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AlexT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder service, great food and cool atmosphere.

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GrahamC
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

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Wonderful
Cumbria
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipdirewolf
Edinburgh
158 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.

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vipdirewolf
Edinburgh
158 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food was delicious

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Graham
Edinburgh
2 reviews
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.

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vipPaulaF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dinner with a friend.

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LeeFromTheUK
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!!!!

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Cynthia
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!

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MikeS
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.

FAQs

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thegeorge.skchase.com/vouchers?categories=dining.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.