If you’re looking for gastro pubs in Edinburgh you can’t go far wrong with a number 22 Lothian bus to Leith. Sandwiched between the impressive Nobles and the lively Port O’ Leith is the newly opened Constitution Bar. With an attractive main bar area, relaxing back room and dedicated dining area the Constitution Bar is huge. The bar has been finished to an excellent standard and its renovation must have cost a small fortune. It’s hard to pick faults with its merits as a bar, which include a solid range of drinks, including Prosecco on draft. There’s also a massive projector screen for watching the sport and a nice, relaxed feel throughout. Constitution St is attracting a different crowd these days and the Constitution Bar aims to cover all angles, including families.
The lunch and dinner menu of The Constitution Bar looks genuinely appealing, with offerings such as venison burger, steak pie, and fish and chips. During the day a good range of sandwiches are also available. At weekends breakfast is served between 11am and 3pm. A slip of the tongue when ordering meant I ended up with the full Constitution breakfast (Â£8.95) which doubles up on everything the normal full breakfast offers for Â£6.95. The breakfast was fantastic. All cooked beautifully with two haggis, too fried eggs, two sausages packed with meat, etc. The baked beans were originally forgotten, but soon delivered without prompting, after the guy serving us noticed they were missing.
Value wise the scrambled egg with smoked salmon (Â£5.95) was excellent, especially considering the generous serving of salmon. The scrambled eggs were light and fluffy - all contributing to the Constitution’s breakfast receiving a big thumbs up.
The Constitution Bar is a venue the blog will happily enjoy drinks in. If the lunch and dinner menus match the appeal of the breakfast menu, the Constitution Bar will surely have found a winning formula. When a venison burger or two has been sampled, the blog will report back.
The Constitution Bar has only recently opened, but it offers promise by the bucket load. The renovation and refit should be applauded, while the breakfast menu was without fault. Overall, a fine addition to Leith’s repertoire of gastro pubs.
p.s. The walls of the dining room area of The Constitution bar are adorned with superb HDR images of Leith, so make sure you take a look at them when you visit.
The Constitution Bar is located at 48 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS.
Telephone: 0131 538 9734