What people say
We attract a great bunch of customers from those in our local neighbourhood to busy professionals through to tourists coming in for a true taste of Scottish hospitality. And they all share one thing in common - a huge fondness for the Mercat.
But don’t just take out word for it. Here’s what some of our lovely customers have said about us:
Andy from Bristol - “Great Pub, Great Staff and Great Food”
“We visited Edinburgh for the Scotland/England Six Nations Game and found ourselves based at the Mercat. What a great place! The staff were very helpful and made everyone feel very welcome. The food was very good and reasonably priced considering you are in the centre of Edinburgh. Although there are many places to eat and drink around here I cannot see any reason why I would go anywhere else when the Mercat is as good as this. Thanks very much to Graham and the guys for looking after us. Hope to see you again soon.”
Mr Johnson from Coventry “It's Like ‘Cheers’ Only in Scotland”
“The food was really remarkable, in that from the outside you'd never expect the quality and remarkable experience it provides. The reference to "Cheers" is real, within maybe two minutes, the bar and waiting staff were like old friends recommending both menu items and a variety of whisky to 'give a go'. I noticed on my return visit (yes I returned the next four nights of my visit) that the Mercat is an award-winning restaurant and in my opinion very deserved.
“I would very seriously recommend it to anyone visiting Edinburgh, (or Glasgow for that matter, the Haymarket train station is only a 2-3 minute walk away) for both the food and the atmosphere. In my opinion it's the friendliest bar/restaurant/gastropub in Edinburgh, a place where ‘everybody knows your name’.”
Ms Leitch from Edinburgh “Thanks to Graham and his Team for a Fabulous 65th Birthday Party!”
“Thanks to Graham and his team for a brilliant 65th Birthday Party held for my Family of 12 in the Mercat. One phone call and everything was arranged to perfection, balloons, sparkling wine etc. The food and service was of a very high standard and the children were well catered for. Everyone was very impressed and looking forward to a return visit in the near future. Well done The Mercat.”
Danny from Wiltshire “Fantastic Hospitality”
“I have just spent most of the weekend in the Mercat! The staff were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble! To look after a group of 25 guys can't be easy but they made it look easy! Hot food served all day along with huge amounts of good beer and always a smile on their faces! The burger was one of the best I've ever had! A must visit pub if you are in the city!”
Roberts from Australia “A Great Find!”
“We spent a few delightful nights (or late afternoons) in the Mercat Bar warming up after a day out in the ‘fresh’ air. Dropping in and relaxing in amiable chatter over a delightfully tasty meal became a natural part of our holiday in Edinburgh. The staff are terrific, helpful, friendly, professional and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. I recommend the Mercat Bar to all visitors (and locals) to Edinburgh who enjoy good quality food and drink in an environment that promotes relaxed conversation.”
Sarah from Edinburgh “Top Food, Friendly Staff & Great Value for Money”
“I was in the Mercat Bar & Restaurant for lunch with my partner the other day. I tell you what - these guys know how to good old fashioned service and pub grub that's just tremendous - qualities that many of Edinburgh's venues seem to ignore! Thanks to the waiting staff that made our lunch very enjoyable, relaxing and very good value for money. We shall be back.”