It all started with Bar Boda, a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint down Leith Walk. Now, at the last count, entrepreneurial Swedish couple Anna and Mike Christopherson have five Bohemian bars and eateries: Boda, Victoria, Sofi, Hemma, and Joseph Pearce. Décor is eclectic: Think retro chic with junk shop chairs and frilly lampshades. The place is fashionably cool but with a homely vibe, and regular events include knitting nights and a language café as well as cult film and music nights. There's a family friendly ethos—in the back of Joseph Pearce, with its soaring ceilings, potted plants, checked curtains, and comfy sofas, there's a stack of high chairs, toys, and games. Food-wise its up a step up from your traditional gastropub grub, with a menu that includes Swedish meatballs with a feta, mint and green bean salad, or a catfish fillet marinated in lemongrass and ginger with polenta fritters and caper salad. In August, swing by for traditional Swedish crayfish parties.
23 Elm Row
Our Rating Neighborhood East End Hours Sun–Thurs 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–1am Phone 0131/ 556–4140 Prices Mains £9.90–£13 Cuisine Type Swedish Gastropub Web site Joseph Pearce
Map23 Elm Row Edinburgh
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