75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
  • Telephone 0131 629 3327
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–10pm. Closed
  • Average price (set lunch); £12 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com

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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.

Holyrood’s Hemma has become one of Edinburgh’s go-to venues for relaxed family time. Although grabbing its share of the nearby after-work crowd, popular kid-friendly weekend brunches are the main event with chilled-out staff ensuring its nice and relaxed and just enough to amuse waning wee ones. Manna House bread gets the French toast treatment as appealing brunch options support an eclectic all-day menu which exposes its Scandinavian roots in an impressive smoked trout and marinated herring smorgasbord, alongside well composed salads and clean tasting mains. Two-storey windows bathe the main bar and the hovering mezzanine in light with a confidently mis-matched selection of timber tables, retro armchairs and sink-in sofas. When the tots have skipped away, the grown-up bar takes over with a good range of draughts and the odd cask ale, as well as a healthy cocktail list and carefully selected bottled ciders and lagers imported by the Swedish owners.

  • High point: Great spot for family-friendly weekend brunches
  • Low point: Daytime visitors forgetting it’s a good evening bar too
  • Notable dish: Smorgasbord
  • Private dining: 280 (150 downstairs and 130 in mezzanine)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: occasional bands
  • Capacity: 130
  • Largest group: 130 for drinks and buffet, 50 for a sit-down meail
  • Open since: May 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £14.10 per bottle

Event times

Royal Blind Pub Quiz

Test your wits against Guru Gary's questions as you try to win one of the prizes on offer. Come on your own, with a friend or as a team (maximum six players), with money raised going to Royal Blind – a visual impairment organisation that provides education, employment and care for blind and partially sighted people.

Wed 20 May

£5 per person / 0131 629 3327

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5. Kerrybear14 Mar 2015, 8:41pm5 stars Hemma Report

We went with friends and had a beautiful lunch after a lovely walk around Arthur's seat. We were delighted to find lots of toys for the kids to play with and our doggy was allowed in too! Lovely space to chill out on a sunny afternoon.

4. Disappointing2316 Dec 2014, 6:46pm1 star Hemma Report

Very disappointing experience. Left sitting for 45 min after ordering until I had to find out what happened to our food. Too many staff doing next to zero on days which were quiet instead of checking their tables had their food. On discovery that the waiter had forgot to order for us (currently sitting eating his own large plate of food) we had enough and left. The most amazing thing was, which doesn't really surprise me, when I complained via email, not even a response.

Poor service from staff who seem to think they are in their second living room.

3. Debs T15 Jan 2014, 10:18am4 stars Hemma Report

Lovely setting / lovely atmosphere

2. foodiegal19 Aug 2013, 9:24pm1 star Hemma Report

Frustrating wait of an hour for our food when we went at lunch time last sunday. The staff didn't come to explain or apologise and the service was unfriendly. After a long wait the lamb koftas arrived looking like disintegrated patties and were still pink...

Service awful, food just ok and the wait unreasonable, we won't be back!

1. Friarfield30 Jul 2012, 9:40pm5 stars Hemma Report

Looking forward to the poetry nights. Great atmosphere and excellent food.

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Average rating 3/5 from 5 reviews of Hemma.

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