3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EY
  • Telephone 0131 225 9352
  • Seasonal times During Edinburgh Festival Mon–Sun 9am–1am.
  • Bar open Fri–Sun 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–11pm.
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Shanty-town chic for all-day grazing and good craft beer.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

An old shipping container with cut-away sides, parked in this big, white-walled space gives Checkpoint its shanty-chic vibe, reaffirmed by the rickety chairs. There are tables inside the container, though it can get noisy, while daylight floods the rest of the room from windows front and back. Coffee and laptops give way to the ‘daybreak’ menu until 5pm where options include ‘Philfy’ rolls, bowls of noodles, miso broth or smoked haddock chowder, and ‘Po’Boys’ (big, spicy, Louisiana-style sandwiches). A roast vegetable tarte tatin promises more than it delivers, but a mouth-filling ‘Philfy bootleg’ brims with black pudding, bacon, ripe avocado and a poached egg. Evenings give way to ‘substantial stuff’ like haggis-stuffed pork belly, rump steak and moules marinière. There are 16 craft beers and 16 wines, almost all available by glass or carafe.

  • High point: Relaxed feel and mouth-filling grub
  • Low point: Rickety chairs
  • Notable dish: Philfy bootleg roll
  • Private dining: Up to 18 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie pop
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 120 venue booking; 40 walk-in
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £15.50 per bottle

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3. Katy Youngs14 Feb 2016, 1:17pm4 stars Checkpoint Report

We booked a table for a Saturday night and when we arrived I was quite surprised at how quiet the restaurant was. I really liked the decor though but it needed a lot more people to fill it! I hope it will get more popular because the food was great and service was perfect too. Tap water was kept filled and the wine came quickly. I would certainly go back.

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