The Kitchin

“Celebrating the best that Scotland has to offer” - AA Inspector



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A former whisky warehouse in the regenerated Leith docklands has been Tom Kitchin's address since 2006, when it immediately shot into the premier league of the top foodie destinations. The interior looks sharp in hues of teal blue and grey, with exposed stone walls, painted brick pillars and industrial girders, while Kitchin’s 'From Nature to Plate' mantra is articulated through cooking that applies top-level refinement and technical skills to Scotland’s finest materials. From the à la carte choose a starter of Isle of Barra razor clams, early season broad beans, Château Leoube olive oil and Oscietra caviar then where better than here to try the modern Scottish dish of Balcaskie Estate mutton, Free Company’s farm neeps, potato terrine accompanied by turnip top salsa verde? An alternative might be roast Hopetoun Estate roe deer loin and braised haunch with variation of beetroot and Granny Smith apple. Vegetarians shouldn’t be concerned though, their choices are just as tempting as in a starter of cauliflower velouté, St Andrews cheddar, apple, caper and summer truffle, followed by courgette and basil risotto, Laganory cheese with a tempura courgette flower. Desserts are also handled with awe-inspiring dexterity, as in the memorable lemon soufflé with Knockraich Farm crème frâiche sorbet.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
The Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay, Leith, EDINBURGH, EH6 6LX


  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 23 December to 12 January inclusive
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 450
  • Wines by the glass: 38
  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish, French influences
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.

It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.

A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days. 


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