The Gait

The 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.
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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 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.

6. NK8 Sep 2011, 5:51pm4 stars The Gait Report

Ate here during the festival. Very good pub food at an ideal location for reasonable price. Will return.

5. Edinburgh Review England - 31 January 2011, 9.1631 Jan 2011, 9:34pm Report

Fell over the Canons Gait, which was round the corner from Central Travelodge where we were staying and I am pleased to say that we did, I ordered Tia Maria and coke for my wife and as I don't know the local beers, I asked the barman for a pint of his most popular beer.
and I must say that it was really nice well kept beer.
We ordered our meal which came in about 10 minutes and although was a basic menu, it was very tasty and nice and hot.
For sweet we both had the Apple and Bramble Crumble which had almonds in the crumble mix, which made a crumble very nice indeed.
It came with ice cream, but I asked if there was any chance that I could have custard, That was not a problem only that I would have to wait a couple of minutes longer as the chef made it from fresh.
My view on my visit to Canons Gait is that it was a cosy well organised establishment, with helpfull friendly staff, who went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
I would highly recommend this pub to anyone visiting Edinburgh.

4. Edinburgh Review28 Sep 2010, 2:47am Report

I couldn't disagree more with the above two comments. In fact, the reason I found this site, was because I was searching for the address so that I could recommend the Canons' Gait to a friend. Without question, I found the pub to be the best on the Royal Mile. And we went to a few! The real ales I tried (Stewart Brewing) were of excellent quality.The servers were attentive and friendly (and I'm not a female), and the food was well above the expectations of 'pub grub'- in fact I would go as far to say restaurant standard (but at pub prices). I feel as though we are reviewing different businesses. Maybe they've changed chef's or management? Whatever the reason, I'd strongly recommmend giving the pub another try, I'll certainly be returning on my next visit.

3. Buggalugs20 Jan 2010, 10:42am Report

I couldn't agree more with the previous poster. The staff and management in this establishment seem to think of the place as their own front room. When they are not gossiping behind the coffee machine or doing "work" in the office, their standard of service is so "relaxed" that one may as well serve oneself. I have the distinct impression that customers are viewed as a general inconvenience. That is unless you are an attractive young lady, then the male staff will certainly ensure that your every whim is catered to - while ogling and doing "phwoar" noises and gestures with their friends. This place is appallingly managed and staff are lazy and very often surly. Food can be good at times, though portions are on the mean side. Otherwise, avoid at all costs!

2. hungry mussel eater10 Sep 2009, 11:45am Report

Went there with friends yesterday from abroad to eat and drink. Liked the food but the portions (mussels) were tiny. When I paid I mentioned that this portion would be appropriate for a starter but not a main. Waiter was extremely un-interested and acted as I had not said anything. I said that I would like to speak to someone who is more interested and was told "The chef is busy and that`s our portions!" He probably thought because we were speaking a foreign language we were tourists who never come back anyway. I work in gastronomy and would slap his a** if this was my staff!

1. Edinburgh Review15 Jun 2008, 6:00pm Report

Wonderful, friendly service, with 'happy to help' staff . You feel a guest- not a customer- a difficult feat on the very busy Royal Mile.

Wide variety of drinks, all at below the norm price, with a selection of real ales in tip-top condition.

Food, I was told, is soon to change, so looking forward to that;
Though delicious- my table waited a little longer than we would have expected for our mains. Compensated though, by once again, the wonderfully attentive staff- who kept us well watered and smiling with their "banter".

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