Mash Potato : the King of Comfort food

After years of travel and seeing food packed with nonsensical ingredients, I couldn’t understand why classic Scottish dishes were not recognised on the world stage. More worryingly, it seemed that the deep fried mars bar was our most famous contemporary dish (for all the wrong reasons)!

The Makars Mash Bar is the first restaurant to say NO to deep fat fryers, artificial this and that, and YES to delicious healthy, locally produced food like my granny used to cook. And my goodness she was one hell of a cook !

Our food is inspired by the fine local craft beer micro industry that is now buzzing in Scotland. Like these Craft Beer producers, we carefully select combinations of local ingredients to create small batch dishes with bags of flavour and fond memories.

We are a proud member of the exclusive Scotch Beef Club and all our meats and vegetables are sourced from local farms where we have validated their quality, practices and values.

Add to this an acutely developed appreciation of fine wines, whisky and spirits; and the idea was born of opening a place where locals and visitors alike could rendez-vous to enjoy great beer, good food, friendly service; all in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere.

If you’ve never been to a Mash Bar before, it’s not exactly a bar or a restaurant, but a combination of the two with a bit of a homemade feel.

John – Chief Makar


The Makars Mash Bar is also known as “Edinburgh’s little Gem“.


Our restaurants are open all day for relaxed dining or lunch. From ladies who lunch, to that all-important business deal dinner. You can go as fast or as slow as you like.


Our restaurant is blessed with incredible views over the city. We have a small terrace with amazing sunsets on one side and Makar’s Court and its 17th century buildings (once home to Robbie Burns himself!) on the other side.