Old Town cocktail bar and restaurant
Popular with Edinburgh’s young professionals, The Villager is a lovably eccentric cocktail bar and restaurant on George IV Bridge. Great for people watching, it has two rooms decked out with a quirky mix of chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors and hip hop/graffiti-inspired wall markings. During the warmer months, the outside seating area is popular with cocktail-sipping customers. DJs keep the bar buzzing at the weekends.
Split into small, medium and large dishes along with sharing platters, sides and salads, the lunch and dinner menus at The Villager are very flexible. They are also very varied. More exotic choices include the chilli beef Thai salad or the pork spring rolls. Taking inspiration from closer to home are the Innis and Gunn-beer battered haddock or the haggis bon bons with a whisky cream.
The house burger is served on a ciabatta while more complex options include the confit pork belly stuffed with black pudding or the venison, chorizo and four bean cassoulet topped with herby breadcrumbs. Vegetarian options might include a roasted artichoke and red pepper frittata or a roast butternut squash, filled with cranberry, pine nuts, red pepper and Camembert.
Old Town transport and attractions
The Villager’s location on George IV Bridge means that it is handy for landmark attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland as well as Waverley station. Several bus routes run down George IV Bridge to and from Princes Street. There is restricted pay parking on Chambers Street.