The Ship on the Shore describes itself as a seafood and Champagne bar, but if that conjures up images of a fussy restaurant with minuscule portions, then you will be pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is not actually housed in a ship, but it does perch at the edge of the Water of Leith in Edinburgh, and there are nautical references aplenty in the decor.
Seafood restaurant The Ship on the Shore — Photo courtesy of The Ship on the Shore
Beautifully polished wooden oars hang from the rafters and admiralty charts sit alongside reproduction oil paintings and large mirrors in huge gilt frames. The furniture is all rich dark wood with plush red velvet with tables topped with candlesticks made from old Champagne bottles, giving the whole place the feel of a naval officers' club from the turn of the century.
There are also a number of large blackboards detailing the delights on offer, such as the fruits de mer royal platter (an incredible array of fresh Scottish seafood) and the “Champagne Fleet” listing the wide range of fizzy treats they stock.
The seafood is the real star here, with incredibly fresh oysters and mussels, truly delicious Cullen skink (a soup of smoked haddock with potato and onion, which is a great Scottish favorite and arguably the world’s best fish soup), delectable sea bass, langoustines, lobster and crab.
At The Ship on the Shore, they also serve hearty lamb and steak dishes and tasty vegetarian options, but you would be crazy to come here and not sample the best produce from the Scottish seas.