White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar is now shucking the oysters and pouring the Sancerre on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
As we noted in earlier blogs, it is the latest incarnation for the White Horse Inn, the oldest inn on the Royal Mile.
While its earliest 18th century customers would have recognised the oysters on sale, they would have been blown away by the new decor.
Lobster at White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar
We have no idea if Edinburgh’s old boozers had lobster tanks but the custom-designed one at the White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar is right at the heart of the business.
Guests can choose which weight of lobster they would like to see on their plate. It is priced according to that day’s market price and served with skinny fries, pickled samphire and a choice of seaweed butter, kimchi butter or Béarnaise sauce.
Diners will also be able to choose from a range of different British oysters, all of which will be shucked at the bar.
If you have ever wanted to do a taste test between oysters from Lindisfarne, Carlingford, Loch Fyne and Caledonian, this is your opportunity.
Three different seafood platters will entice hardcore shell fans.
A separate selection of main courses includes whole lemon sole, turbot and a crab linguine.
If you can bare to share, White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar offers a range of small plates designed for sharing.
Fancy char grilled octopus with a ponzu dressing? How about a crab Scotch egg served with a wasabi mayo?
Alternatively, you might order the sesame tuna with grapefruit and nasturtium. Or the monkfish tail with satay.
And, if you really want to push the boat out, you could order the king crab legs with burnt lemon mayo.
All the dishes mentioned so far have been from the main menu. A succinct lunch menu offers a number of dishes around the £10 mark.
Think along the lines of fried fish brioche with a pickled fennel slaw; crab fries with an avocado salsa and seafood chowder.
As well as a carefully-crafted food menu, a bespoke cocktail menu drawing on classic influences is available. The list will incorporate seasonal ingredients, boutique spirits and seaside influences into a fresh and vibrant range of signature cocktail serves.
White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar will open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with the bar trading until late