Woodland Creatures

Woodland Creatures
260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL
  • Telephone 0131 629 5509
  • Opening times 11am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Open late during the Festival and at Christmas.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £12.50 (lunch); £12.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.woodlandcreatures.co.uk

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One of the new generation of hipster Leith Walk boozers, with a strong entertainment programme, good pub food and fine craft ales courtesy of new owners Krafty Brew.

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It’s a period of transition for Woodland Creatures, one of the earliest hipster bar insurgents to have brought a change of character to Leith Walk. Redeveloped in 2013 as a Berlin-style collision of shabby industrial chic and relaxing local hangout with added quirky animal ornaments, that’s the form it still takes at time of writing. Following a takeover towards the tail end of 2015 by local craft brewery Krafty Brew, however, the imminent plan is for the bar to be rebranded as Krafty’s own brewery bar, with a physical redevelopment in the pipeline too. Yet for now Woodland Creatures remains, and it still comes recommended for its fashionable but laid-back atmosphere, a strong selection of gin, wine and craft beer (Krafty are already well-represented on tap and in the fridge), and a decent selection of traditional pub grub, of which the burgers (Cajun-spiced chicken, vegan sweet potato and beetroot, falafel or a sizeable homemade steak beef burger) are highlights. There’s also a Narnia-esque smokers' snug accessed by a cupboard and a strong and regular selection of live music, comedy, open mic and cabaret in the back room.

  • High point: Hipster but unpretentious, with a strong entertainments programme
  • Low point: Feels a little like a place that’s itching for a change, at time of writing
  • Notable dish: Ground steak beef burger on brioche with chunky wedges, coleslaw and salad.
  • Private dining: Up to 80 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Regular comedy, cabaret, open mic and poetry nights, with a cabaret on Wednesdays.
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2013 (taken over in 2015)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £13 per bottle

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Martha's Parlour

Ol'-time Americana, Appalachain ballads and Scottish classics with a banjo twist from Martha's Parlour, who are fronted by two of Blueflint's musicians.

Wed 14 Dec

Free / 0131 629 5509

Wed 28 Dec

Free / 0131 629 5509

Wed 11 Jan 2017

Free / 0131 629 5509

…and 13 more dates until 12 Jul 2017

Comments & ratings

1. Georgina Merry28 May 2013, 12:37pm5 stars Woodland Creatures Report

Excellent service, great with little ones and all in lovely surroundings. I was especially happy to find out that the menu was suitable for my dietary requirements; nice and healthy! Still, there's no skimping on the heartiness. I will definitely be going back, even if it's just for one of their tasty coffees.

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