The right direction of The Compass

The Compass Bar and restaurant has long been a favourite of Leith residents. It’s just 5 minutes away from The Shore and located opposite Leith’s police station. Though such close proximity to the law isn’t needed, as you wouldn’t expect to find any trouble at this friendliest of destinations. Even on the Monday night we visited the bar and restaurant area of The Compass was bustling with trade. Little surprise considering the bar’s welcoming interior, quality ingredients, good cooking and fair choice of drink, all alongside personal table service. Many will intentionally plan or be lured into spending their entire night at The Compass.

Fishcake at The Compass, Leith, Edinburgh Haggis, neeps and tatties at The Compass, Leith, Edinburgh

The salad and sweet chilli mayo with our fishcake starter (¬£3.95) was delicious, although more fish and less potato in the cake itself would have been appreciated. ¬£6.95 for high quality haggis, neeps and tatties represented excellent value. The burger backed up The Compass Bar’s solid gastro-pub credentials, with a perfectly flamed pure beef burger topped with bacon and melted cheese (¬£8.95). Interestingly The Compass offers a choice of battered haddock, sea bass, hake, plaice or a medley of all - each served with chips. Dessert was hardly needed but a chocolate cake with a well executed cranberry centre, alongside vanilla ice-cream (¬£3.95) rounded off what had been a notably enjoyable night, in one of Leith’s most welcoming pubs.

The menu at Compass offers fine variety and is a wise choice for not only pub grub traditionalists, but those desiring a little more adventure in their nourishment. The Compass is a friendly, welcoming local pub with dependable pub grub. Definitely a place to set your bearings for.

The Compass Bar & Restaurant is located at 44 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7EX.
Telephone: 0131 554 197

Typical drinks price: pint of Tennents (£3.10)

One Response to “The right direction of The Compass”

  1. I am often going to The Compass, its not only that the food is pure great, like you already described, but so are the people. I like sitting around with locals having a good talk while drinking some lager.

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