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5.3 /6 Excellent 131 Reviews

Old Chain Pier

Newhaven European, British ££££ +100
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About Old Chain Pier

Dear diners, if your group includes diners under the age of 18, please let the restaurant know when making your booking so you can be seated in the appropriate section. Thank you for your understanding.

A landmark on Trinity Crescent, Old Chain Pier invites you to experience incredible seasonal cuisine, tasty pub eats and delicious drinks in an environment that’s sophisticated and cosy. Situated in an historic building just next to the waterfront in Newhaven, Old Chain Pier offers a unique spot to dine on some of Edinburgh’s best cuisine. No matter whether you’re visiting the city for the first time or a seasoned local, Old Chain Pier guarantees to surprise you with their delicious offerings.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Old Chain Pier, 32 Trinity Crescent, EH5 3ED Edinburgh

Further Information

As one of Edinburgh’s most respected local restaurants, Old Chain Pier is something of a legend around the city. Found on Trinity Crescent in Newhaven, this restaurant is known for offering amazing Scottish cuisine and delicious brews, all the while hosting popular events like a regular quiz night, and offering beautiful rooms for private hire.

Stop by Old Chain Pier in Edinburgh’s Newhaven for brunch on Saturday and Sunday to experience incredible options ranging from the Full Vegetarian breakfast to mains like the Old Chain Pier Fish and Chips. Or, come in during lunch or dinner and choose from an array of starters like scottish smoked salmon, chicken liver pate, and the bowl of chilli beef, before diving into mains like venison and ale pie, a kilo pot of Scottish mussels, classic mac ‘n’ cheese, or a succulent 8oz sirloin steak. There are plenty more seasonal specials on offer, so drop in often to see what’s new!

CHEF'S CHOICE

131 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 131 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
17.07.2017 23:52

Another superb evening at The Old Chain Pier. Terrific, tasty food, the best view in Edinburgh and seriously, the nicest friendliest staff! Love this place.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 09:29

Great location, great views out to sea, super food, staff were friendly. The staff went that extra mile to make sure we had a lovely evening. ! Will definately go back again.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2017 09:19

Service and food were both great. The view from the table is amazing, a hidden gem in Leith. Will definitely be back for another dinner.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 22:03

I absolutely recommend Old Chain Pier, it is such a lovely place to eat and the food is really delicious. And vegetarians/vegans can also be satisfied.

1 review so far 3
12.12.2016 17:09

An mainly enjoyable meal for 6 people in the busy and picturesque Old Chain Pier with a couple of exceptions. We requested a swap of the vegetable accompaniment to the Sea Bass (due to a dietary requirement of one of the party) and were told that the Chef did not have any other veg to swap it with (something I found difficult to believe in a busy restaurant). We were then told that we couldn't have anything off the festive menu as we hadn't pre booked it - fair comment until we realised that the Turkey dinner was in fact on the a la carte menu as well. We were then advised that we would have to wait for this to be prepared which we happily did. When the Turkey dinners arrived there was no cranberry sauce and no gravy, and as Turkey is quite dry it really needed something with it.

2 reviews so far 6
02.06.2016 08:40

A friend and I went there for our evening meal and we had the best cullen skink I have ever tasted followed by a huge portion of mussels - fab! We returned on Sunday for brunch and the full Scottish breakfast was enormous - it set me up for the whole day. What a wonderful restaurant - friendly and helpful staff who were more than able to cater for my friend who has to have a gluten free diet. The views over the Firth of Forth are an added bonus to an already great wee place to eat!

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 10:25

Fantastic pub! Friendly staff, great range of drinks and the food was delicious - Will most definitely be back for more. Not a 6 star review as when we sat down for an early meal we were told immediately that they needed the table in 90 minutes - not a massive deal as this place is obviously popular and busy (for good reason) but to be told as soon as we were sitting down immediately put us under pressure to order and eat quickly. Again, not that big a deal and I would recommend this pub to everyone for a great drink and great food - reserve early!!.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 21:04

We had a very enjoyable evening in the Old Chain Pier having a meal with friends. The food is very good and there is plenty of choice. It's lovely being able to eat and look at the sea at the same time.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2016 08:20

We arrived to a friendly welcome, the staff were bubbly and knowledgeable about the menu. Both the starter & main course were beautifully presented, definitely freshly made to order, and delicious. The setting was stunning, with wonderful sea views. We were so pleased to have found such a little gem, and would go again if we were here long enough. Thank you for such a wonderful birthday meal xx

1 review so far 4
01.04.2017 19:39

The staff were friendly but not vey aware of what was going.on around them. Trying to get their attention wasnt easy. The food was very good. The service was OK. The waitress was very forgetful and we had to keep asking and reminding her. She was new and very apologetic. She had a health problem that was affecting her concentration and performance. When the bill arrived it was wrong. We sent it back and the second bill was also wrong. We sent it back and the 3rd bill was also wrong. Finally the 4th Bill was correct.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 09:54

We were with two friends from Boston.They were looking to try some local fish dishes - they were not disappointed! The food, ambience and the view over to Fife as the evening wore on and all we could see was a necklace of lights along the coast. It was the perfect end to their tour of Scotland. Thank you to all the staff.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 09:49

The Old Chain Pier was very welcoming. Service was excellent and so was the food! We had fish and chips and it was really fresh and cooked to perfection. Well done!

1 review so far 5
30.07.2016 09:46

Nice staff very friendly attentive noticed my bowl of mussel shells was filling so came and emptied it . Food was great and good value. Starter size mussels served with lovely bread was a meal in itself also had the pear and blue cheese salad starter all fresh and tasty. Friend had starter size chilli again good size portion for lunch. Toilets clean and tidy. Would go back. Rustic decor and lovely view.

1 review so far 3
19.07.2017 16:22

Nice place with fantastic view of the bay . Nice friendly staff and busy place. The food was average as my burger was so over cooked I had problem cutting through it with stake knife . I've asked number of times for another pint which only arrived as I was about to pay the bill . I have been charged for 3 pints when I've only had 2 and I've not been charged for whiskey shot so I've let it go . With a little more attention this place could easily capitalise on location and be far more better . I would like to go back only to see if the first time expirience was only fluke .

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 20:29

Always have a great meal at The Old Chain Pier. It's in a lovely setting and has a great ambience. You always get great customer service too. Great place!

1 review so far 5
24.04.2017 12:29

Amazing location!! We ordered fish and chips and we were more than happy with it. The service was great and the waitresses very friendly! The only negative comment that I could make it's regarding the very loud live music. I don't think it is necessary for a place like that with such an amazing view and relaxing atmosphere. It certainly made us leave the place sooner than we wanted.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2016 18:46

Beautiful position overlooking the Forth with great views and lovely friendly staff. The food was very tasty - we had "catch of the day" which was lovely and fresh and the veggie option was so good it persuaded our ardent carnivore to forget his principles. Chocolate tart did not disappoint either. A great lunchtime experience. Thank you!

2 reviews so far 6
14.08.2016 14:51

Fabulous food and delightful staff. We had two starters each rather than a main course - the cullen skink was amazing, accompanied by chunky wholemeal bread, the hummus with pitta would have benefited from a touch of garlic, lemon or chilli (it was a bit bland) but the baked camembert was delicious. The view is fabulous!

1 review so far 5
28.04.2016 09:20

As always food and service at The Old Chain Pier first rate. My friend's first visit but hopefully not her last. She was particularly struck with the view over the Firth of Forth.

1 review so far 6
03.05.2017 10:20

I have been here during a lovely stay in Edinburgh. I live in London and I was looking for a quiet spot in front of the sea. This place has been suggested by a friend of mine and the experience has been wonderful. Amazing location, food and environment. Highly suggested!

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 09:34

As always great food, great service - the Old Chain Pier never disappoints, I'm so lucky it's my local. I highly recommend this lovely pub

2 reviews so far 5
11.12.2016 09:18

Food was amazing, fab restaurant, really nice atmosphere and amazing setting right at the water. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating - we were running late due to traffic and were going to a show and they were so nice about everything - 5* and would totally recommend, we'll definitely be back - amazing place.

3 reviews so far 6
29.05.2016 20:02

Always a good experience here. Dog friendly, amazing food and great views out over the Forth. A good selection of drinks available and although we had booked for 2pm, after a quick call we were able to move to an early time that suited us. We'll be back.

1 review so far 5
21.04.2017 07:28

Wonderful views, much better vegetarian choices than most places. Food was well cooked & plentiful. Excellent value for money. Only one down point, server forgot to bring one of our mains & we had to ask where it was before it arrived. Would not stop me going back thou!! Definitely worth booking in advance as very popular.

1 review so far 6
08.10.2016 23:55

The food was wonderful,especially the fig and pistachio cheesecake. The staff were friendly and nice. BUT, the view over the Forth was spectacular, We drove 60 plus miles to get there and it was well worth it. Such a nice place to go. Wish it were nearer.

1 review so far 5
20.03.2017 13:04

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very relaxed and chilled out. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend Old Chain Pier.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2016 19:30

Two of us had lunch in this famous old pub, overlooking the Firth of Forth. The menu contains a decent selection of burgers, etc, as well as classics such as fish and chips, fish pie, etc, and there is a good choice if beers on tap. All our food was freshly prepared and delicious.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 14:57

Excellent food, lovely people.... go there! I especially liked the fish cakes.... and the proper real ales. The staff are attentive and the overall atmosphere is homely and cosy... book the table by the back window and you can have the sea beneath you!

3 reviews so far 6
23.03.2017 09:02

Great service and food as always. Took friends along for their first visit and they were really happy with their meals. The staff are always really friendly and helpful. Lovely place to visit for just a coffee, a meal or a drink.

1 review so far 6
16.09.2016 17:05

The restaurant is very nice, situated on the sea and from where you can enjoy a beautiful view. The staff is very kind and attentive to customer needs. The food is very good, in the right quantities and at a good price.

2 reviews so far 6
27.05.2016 01:30

My friend and I had a lovely meal and both thought the Cullen skink was exceptional. We had a table close to the window and the view out over the Forth was spectacular. The members of staff were polite and very efficient.

2 reviews so far 5
13.11.2016 07:20

This is a charming little restaurant with a small bar area and being on the water front great views over the firth of Forth. The food is simple hearty fare, beautifully prepared and served by a friendly front of house staff. Highly recommended but better book to secure a table.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 13:31

Lovely evening, great table looking out over the Forth, very generous portions and attentive staff - who were clearly picking up their FaceBook and realised it was my mum's 79th birthday, presenting her with a candle in her pudding

2 reviews so far 6
11.07.2016 08:08

Great evening out. Lovely views over the Newhaven harbour, quiet and cosy atmosphere. The food was fantastic and the service very friendly and helpful despite the restaurant heaving with guests. Many thanks for such a lovely experience. Again!

1 review so far 3
09.05.2017 09:49

Food was really tasty however it was a little cramped in the restaurant, and they actually had us sitting at the same table with another couple (complete strangers). It was a table for 4 people but they split it to have two couples which was fairly awkward. If it wasn't for that I would have given a higher overall experience rate but unfortunately the seating arrangements played too big a factor not to ignore.

2 reviews so far 6
12.04.2016 09:19

The restaurant has a lovely location and the views over the Firth of Forth are magnificent (if weather permits) when the sun sets. Lovely service and excellent food made the whole experience more than pleasurable. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:07

This is such a great place. Not only is the food excellent, the view is stunning and the service relaxed and friendly. A good mix of dishes on the menu and my dietary requirements were catered for.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 08:13

Best meal I'll have in a while! Plus the restaurant is super cozy and is right on the water :) We had the catch of the day and it was all fresh and cooked to perfection!

6 reviews so far 3
15.02.2017 18:32

The venue had not booked our table as they had not checked the online bookings, but managed to seat us at a table in the end. Food was mediocre, the main meals tasted good. When ordering chips, they are more like unseasoned wedges and were a little undercooked. As for dessert, the cake was dry and was unable to finish which let the overall experience down. Wouldn't rush back in a hurry.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 08:53

Absolutely lovely early "tea" with friends. The food was delicious and hot and the waitress was really helpful and cheery even though there was a coach load of 40+ visitors. Would definitely go back. Thank you.

2 reviews so far 5
29.03.2017 08:34

Staff very friendly and welcoming great menu choices with lovely views over the forth ... it was fairly busy for a Tuesday night at the end of a month ... will definitely visit again 😊 We all had the fish and chips ...

1 review so far 4
13.10.2016 09:35

I don't think they had checked the reservation as I booked it that day. Didn't matter though as they had tables available. The view was amazing and I think if we booked further ahead we would have got a much better table and a nicer view. Service was fine and food was good

1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 07:40

We had a great time with my parents. The food was delicious, and the staff really friendly. I just regret it wasn't possible to book a table at the window. I'd need to call directly the restaurant for that (not possible online).

1 review so far 5
05.06.2016 21:31

This was our second visit although we have tried to book other times and they have been fully booked, it's very popular, for good reason. Really nice atmosphere with river views. Food good and reasonably priced. Good choice of beers as well.2

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 09:10

We had a lovely time. Good was fine. Atmosphere and service were fantastic. We took two children 12 and 9 and they were welcomed. We didn't leave until 10.30 and had a really great experience.

1 review so far 5
23.03.2016 19:05

Best to make a reservation by phone as they didn't have a record of my online booking. Fortunately they found us a table inspite of it being a busy Saturday night. Food, beer and service was very good. Will go again!

1 review so far 5
07.04.2016 05:42

Situated on the banks of the Forth this homely restaurant offers lovely views of the river and the coastline of Fife. The food is excellent, freshly cooked and served piping hot and the service efficient and friendly. Will be back.

1 review so far 5
25.07.2016 11:09

That was awsome! Food is awsome! Very kind staff. Wonderful atmosphere. Amaizing live music. I will strongly recommend this perfect płace not only for drink but also for food (Ask for all And just Sharm with your friends) Thank you

1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 08:58

Great table, great food, great staff. Fish & chips and chimmi churri chicken was lovely. The meal was very affordable between 4 people for a starter, main and drinks. Would definitely visit again.

2 reviews so far 6
24.01.2017 14:28

Always a pleasure to eat and drink in old chain pier. Good food and attentive staff. Already booked in again this week for dinner and to enjoy the musical entertainment after dinner.