Joseph Pearce’s

Joseph Pearce’s
23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 4140
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11am–3pm, 5–9pm; Sun 11am–6pm.
  • Average price (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
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Joseph Pearce’s

Casual bar at the top of the Walk with Scandi food and an intimate vibe.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Locals treat JP’s like a second living room – somewhere to bring the kids during the day, to catch up with friends in the evening, to gather with family over brunch, or even to do a spot of exercise (a jogging club of regulars meet every week). It's a perfect example of the re-invention of the old man’s boozer for the top of the Walk’s bright young (and not-so-young) things. Part of Edinburgh’s mini-chain of Swedish bars, the menu bears a Scandi influence – expect smörgåsbords (so much more fun to say than ‘sharing platters’), hasselback potatoes and, of course, meatballs served with lingonberry jam. The cocktail list is interesting, with aquavit making the odd appearance, most notably in the Hot Bjorn Borg which packs a chilli punch. Keep your eyes peeled for regular Swedish events too, like August’s traditional crayfish parties.

  • High point: The Hot Bjorn Borg cocktail (aquavit, chilis, lychee & lime)
  • Low point: Boring beer selection
  • Notable dish: Swedish meatballs
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: An eclectic mix
  • Live entertainment: Friday events – soul, funk, RnB, hip-hop featuring live DJs
  • Capacity: 200 (70 seated); 20 outdoors
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
  • House wine: £14 per bottle

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Thu 6 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 556 4140

Thursday Evening Book Group

Thu 4 May

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Thursday Evening Book Group

Thu 1 Jun

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Thursday Evening Book Group

…and 4 more dates until 5 Oct

Spanish Exchange: Habla conmigo

A novel way to practice conversational Spanish, by having a drink, playing games and meeting new people. You need a very basic knowledge of the language.

Thu 30 Mar

£2 donation for teacher / 0131 556 4140

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Comments & ratings

4. Em Rider1 May 2010, 9:29am3 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

Really good place to go if you've got small children, as there is a toy corner and a couch (ideal for feeding etc). However, the food is not great - a lot of Swedish influenced dishes, but not to everyones taste. The food and drink are both very very expensive! Expect to pay a premium! The pancakes are disappointingly poor value for money, whereas the burger is huge, but at nearly £11 you would expect it to be. The staff are so friendly, they really are a great credit to this place. A mixed review really, not good for food, but a nice place to pop in for a grown-up chat and a drink while the kids play.

3. McD's23 Oct 2009, 1:01pm4 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

love it love it love it! but way too popular. Go away crowds so i can get a seat again!

the only thing that i would change is ..... the coffee. everytime i go and order one i take a sip and am disappointed. everything else is perfect except the watery, usually not hot enough, lacking in flavour coffee. please please please get some lovely strong creamy coffee and pearce's would be heaven!

2. cp12318 Aug 2009, 9:40pm Report

Overpriced drinks & ikeaesque food. Not for me.

1. Morna25 May 2009, 11:57am4 stars Joseph Pearce’s Report

Lovely food, really sweet menus (disney books with the menu inside) & a nice whimsical mish-mash of furniture & decorations.

Only downside was that we went for a hungover lunch & were surrounded by kids playing. Our hangovers couldn't really take it! But it was really busy & probably our fault for sitting near the cuddly toys....

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