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The Kings Wark

The King’s Wark is one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs, a beautiful bar & restaurant situated on the Shore area in Leith. Serving breakfasts, lunch and dinner including fresh seafood and locally sourced produce. The charming building is steeped in history and dates back to the 1400’s, providing a relaxing and cosy environment, From cask ales to cocktails and fine wines to coffees, there is a wide variety of quality drinks on offer along with amazing cheeseboards, weekday lunches and the outstanding weekend brunch menu. That said, it’s not all about liquid sustenance at the venerable bar; the exceptional team serve up some of the best gastro-pub food in the capital. For a quiet pint, pop by on a weeknight, but to experience The King’s Wark at its bustling best, weekends are when the bar truly comes to life. Take in the dark wood and exposed stonework while you nurse a pint and reflect on the past half millennia of history. This pub’s seen some real characters over the years; venture in today and you’ll discover that a fair few of them are still active.


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36 Shore


0131 554 9260



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We had preordered our meal for a party of 12 so there was no delay in service. There was a wide choice of food and everyone enjoyed their meal. The portions were on the generous side and not everyone could finish their plate, and few had dessert. Wine was reasonably priced.

- Alan R - 28-06-2021

Whilst staying in Leith for a couple of nights, we used 2 pub Restaurants for evening meals and King's Wark was the best of both. The pub is very historical and located on the waterfront close to the centre of the town. I had Sea Trout with Crevettes, Mussels, Asparagus and new Potatoes in bisque which was delicious. The staff were very polite, friendly and the food was served in good time. I would certainly return if visiting Leith again in future.

- Andrew W - 12-06-2018

The menu is always delicious. Their fish is always fresh. Beautiful old building with windows looking onto the water of Leith and a warm fireplace to sit next to.

- Glass Rose - 20-02-2017

Gorgeous historic pub with a cosy atmosphere inside and very good pub food. The restaurant is excellent, both in terms of the ambience and the quality. Highly recommended especially by candlelight.

- Phill Gillespie - 25-08-2016