The Canons' Gait

The Canons' Gait
232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ
  • Telephone 0131 556 4481
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30–11pm
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–midnight.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9pm.
  • Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.gait.bar
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An attractive choice of craft beers and tasty, well-presented food makes The Gait is one of Edinburgh's true gastropubs.

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Before their refurb back in 2014, The Canons’ Gait, for many, was just a stop-off for a swift half on the way home. Now, with an enticing menu, contemporary décor and live music most evenings, it’s much more than your average Royal Mile tourist trap. With six rotating beer taps, three regulars, two guest keg beers and a range of trendy bottles from the likes of Colonsay and Loch Ness breweries, they’ve got their beer selection down to a tee. To complement such a fine range of ales is a menu of light bites, including sharing platters, as well as some more substantial grub. The truffle oil macaroni cheese and hop-smoked fishcakes with onion purée demonstrate their efforts to make their own mark on otherwise boring pub grub. Even though wines are not their thing, there is still a generous list, made even more affordable with the option of a carafe.

  • High point: Food and craft beer pairing evenings
  • Low point: Slightly bland interior
  • Notable dish: Confit duck leg with a sweet potato pancake.
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 50 downstairs
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Varied music
  • Live entertainment: Folk bands and other live music, Wed–Sat evenings.
  • Capacity: 56
  • Largest group: 56
  • Open since: 1996
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £13.95 per bottle

Comments & ratings

7. DavidA229 Mar 2012, 7:46pm4 stars The Canons' Gait Report

We were in recently and there has been a change. The tv no longer shows sport (unless it's on terrestrial channels) and the menu options are less than before. However, these are not negatives as it makes a change to sit in comfort without football blaring away in the background (much as I love the game) and the menu does have very good choices. We both had the burger which was actually very goodp It came with string chips, plenty of them too, and a small side salad - this wasn't some leaves thrown on to a plate as some other establishments do, but nicely out together with a pleasant dressing.

I'd recommend it to anyone visting Edinburgh and to those who live here.

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