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Oink Grassmarket

  • Restaurants
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Oink, Restaurants, Cheap, Edinburgh

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Lip-smacking and nostril-tingling arrangements of pork from hog roasts to pulled pork

Victoria Street is a treat for the nostrils. Amid one of the Old Town’s most picturesque winding streets, you’ll find Maison Bleue, a French bistro wafting out herbs and red wine reductions, Mellis the cheesemonger reeks of ripe, outstanding farmhouse cheeses, the Bow Bar trickles out fine single malts, and Filament Coffee emits tempting roasted coffee beans.

Oink - about halfway down on the right hand side - is a tiny shop, serving hog roasts, and you will probably smell it before you see it. Set up by two farmers from the Scottish Borders and selling fluffy morning rolls with moreish roast pork (or pulled pork, to give it its more hipster name), with crackling and a choice of sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce, chilli relish or haggis. The Piglet (£2.95) suits a smaller stomach, the Oink is somewhere in the middle (£3.95), and the Grunter (£4.95) is better for bigger appetites. A soup of the day and hot and cold drinks are also served.

Oink does an outside catering service too - not one for the vegetarians for sure, but if it would be just the thing to lay on at your wedding/christening/medieval ‘Live Action Role Playing’ weekend, they can bring along a rotating whole pig on a spit, or a smaller hog roast leg if you so desire.

Written by Claire Sawers


34 Victoria Street
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