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The History of The Rabbit Hole


11 Roseneath Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1JH

0131 229 7953

Opening Hours

Monday:- Closed

Tuesday:- 12-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm

Wednesday:- 12-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm

Thursday:- 12-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm

Friday:- 12-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm

Saturday:- 12-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm

Sunday:- Closed

Welcome to The Rabbit Hole. Opened in October 2015 by Mo Boulay and Antonello Esposito, who with their two children and dog Maggie are themselves based in Marchmont. Having both worked in hospitality for the last twenty years and having sold their city centre restaurant that year, they jumped at the chance to open a neighbourhood eatery in the area they live.


Inspired by their love of French food, Antonello’s Sicilian childhood and his wife’s rural Canadian upbringing. The menu is seasonal and based around firm favourites with inventive twists. Although tweaked every month with new dishes rotating, the back bone of the menu remains classic brasserie with something for everyone.


The Rabbit Hole’s interior lends itself to a relaxed dining experience. Comfortable banquette seating wraps around the candlelit dining room, with generous bar stool seating arranged at the central New York inspired dining bar.


The wine list is affordable and varied enough for everyone’s palate, working with small independent Edinburgh wine merchants to get some great wines.


In the kitchen, Antonello and Mo’s love of cooking comes out in the standard of ingredients they use. Every dish is started from scratch, nothing is brought in. They buy just enough to make every dish as fresh and tasty as if were made at home. From the best fish and crustaceans from Eddie’s fishmongers bought every morning to the cheeses they buy from I J Mellis.


Open for lunch, dinner and even just a drink at the bar, they look forward to your visit.

Our Reviews


The List Review

The List

Marchmont newcomer the Rabbit Hole is off to a promising start... Every square inch of their compact, well-dressed room has been put to good use, with its curving bar, cosy table in the snug and comfy window booths all generating a welcoming warmth. A cheery front of house team that aims to please services a skillful kitchen. Placemat menus reveal a confidently composed all-day à la carte offer featuring chicken liver parfait and duck leg confit alongside seared scallops with curried cauliflower purée. Familiar classics moules marinière and ribeye steak star alongside the likes of duck breast with orange-glazed chicory, and Tuscan fish stew with saffron potato.


Autumn Menu




A La Carte Menu is available all day.

All of our produce is responsibly sourced from local suppliers.

Some of our dishes may contain nuts. Please inform your server if you have any allergies.

Starters

Abroath smokie, scottish salmon chowder, soft boiled quails egg

£6.50

Lasagne of crab, tiger prawn, salted cod béchamel

£8.50

Pearl barley, spiced puy lentils, mushroom, swiss chard fricassee, baby onion rings, lemon zest

£6.50

Buttermilk fried quail, pickled cucumber, sriracha mayonnaise

£7.50

Panko encrusted escargot, dill aioli

£6.50

Venison, black pudding, scotch egg, celeriac remoulade

£7.50

Smoked apple wood cheddar, double baked soufflé, pear, rocket, candied walnuts

£7.50

Pan seared pigeon breast, petit pois a la francaise

£7

Mains

Pot roasted north atlantic coley, chickpea, chorizo, tomato stew

£16.50

Salmon fillet, caramelised beetroot, orange segments, goats cheese cream

£17

Rabbit, smoked pancetta, parsnip, leek pie, parsnip purée, red wine jus

£16.50

Orange glazed duck breast, roasted root vegetables, beetroot ketchup

£17.50

Guinea fowl supreme, morteau sausages, savoy cabbage, whole grain mustard sauce

£16.50

Stone bass, saffron potatoes, mussels, sauce vierge

£16.50

Jerusalem artichoke risotto, talleggio, crispy kale, truffle oil

£14

Lamb rump, ratatouille, potato terrine

£17.50

Sides

Sautéed kale and mushrooms; french fries; mash potato; squash, cardamom and nigella seeds; green beans, spinach and toasted almonds

£3.50

Desserts

Crème brulee, blueberry shortbread

£6

Apple and almond tart, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream

£6

Chocolate fondant, berries coulis, vanilla ice cream

£6

Orange, thyme panna cotta, toasted hazelnuts

£6

Cheese board

£8

Lunch Set Menu




Two course lunch menu £12, Three course lunch menu £15

Starters

Cream of cauliflower, parmesan soup, truffle oil



Mushroom, tarragon fricassee



Duck rillette, cornichon, onion chutney, toast



Crab cakes, aioli



Mains

Chicken escalope, creamed leeks, mushrooms



Hake loin, chorizo, beans, mussels, spinach



Beef bourguignon, potato purée



Roasted sqash risotto, caramalised onion



Desserts

Orange, polenta cake, chantilly cream



Chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream



Cheeses (£2.00 supplement)



Kids Menu

Fish and chips

£6

Chicken schnitzel and french fries

£6

Tomato pasta

£6

Dessert

Vanilla ice cream and fresh berries

Included in price

The Rabbit Hole Drinks List


Here are a selection of our cocktails and wines.

We also serve a wide range of other alcoholic drinks, soft beverages, teas and coffees.

Please check our full drinks list when you come to visit.

Classic Cocktails

Old Fashioned

bourbon, angostura bitters, sugar, orange

£6.50

Mint Julep

bourbon, sugar, mint

£6.50

Negroni

gin, sweet vermouth, campari, prosecco splash, orange

£6.50

Gimlet

gin, lime, sugar, lemon twist

£6.50

Cosmopolitan

vodka, cointreau, cranberry, lime

£6.50

Pink Gin

gin, angostura bitters, lemon twist

£6.50

Whiskey Sour

blended whiskey, lemon, sugar, lemon twist

£6.50

Martini

vodka or gin - to order

£6.50

White Wine

125ml
175ml
250ml
Bottle


Catarratto, IGT, Palazzo del Mare, 2016, Italy

light citrus & ripe golden apple, warm and sunny


£3.40
£4.75
£7.60
£20.70


Viognier, Mont Rocher, 2016, France

Fruity, silky & perfumed


£4.10
£5.75
£8.20
£22.50


Feteasca Regala, Alamina, 2016, Romania

Pfresh pineapple and peach sherbet, vibrant and expressive


£4.50
£6.30
£9.00
£24.55


Vinho Verde, Quintas do Homem, 2016, Portugal

Peaches, grapefruit, spritzy texture


£5.20
£7.25
£10.40
£28.30


Sauvignon Blanc de Touraine, Domaine Patrick Vauvy, 2016, France

Tangy, herbal. Lemongrass & passionfruit


£5.00
£7.00
£10.00
£27.20


Rioja Blanco en Barrica, Bodegas Luis Canas, 2016, Spain

Barrel fermented. Spicy, nutty & rich


£5.60
£7.90
£11.25
£30.70


Lugana, Mabis, 2015, Italy

Elegant, waxy, mineral. Pears & melon


£5.50
£7.60
£11.00
£32.50


Riesling Federspiel, Domaine Wachau, 2016, Austria

Lime, honey, acacia. Racy & chiselled


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£33.25


Sancerre, Domaine Picard, 2016, France

Textured, exotic. Gooseberry & orange blossom


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£41.00


Rully 1er Cru, 'Mont-Palais', Domaine Jaegar-Defaix, 2014, France

Apples, vanilla, spice. Full bodied & complex


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£47.00

Red Wine

125ml
175ml
250ml
Bottle


Nero d’Avola, IGT, Palazzo del Mare, 2016, Italy

Raspberry jam with licorice & spice, juicy and relaxed


£3.40
£4.75
£6.75
£18.45


El Primero, Del Camino de Santiago, 2014, Navara Spain

Mellow red blend, simple berry fruits


£3.80
£5.30
£7.60
£20.70


Shiraz, ‘The Mimic’, Vina Elena, 2014, Spain

Mimics robust Aussie Shiraz with Spanish flair


£4.30
£6.00
£8.60
£23.50


Cabernet Sauvignon, 'Armador’, Odfjell, 2015, Chile

Soft & plummy. Ripe blackcurrant, dried fig


£5.10
£6.50
£9.30
£28.00


Primitivo, Casato di Melzi, 2015, Italy

Smooth & juicy. Dark brambly fruits


£4.70
£6.55
£9.50
£26.00


Mas des Amours, Mas Cal Demoura, 2013, France

Untamed Languedoc. Rustic, peppery & wild


£5.50
£7.75
£11.05
£30.10


Cotes de Rhone Cairanne, Guillaume Gonnet, France

Cassis & grenadine laced with aromas of provencal herbs


£5.75
£8.05
£11.50
£31.25


Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Luis Canas, 2014, Spain

Vanilla, tobacco, bramble. Rich & warming


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£31.75


Malbec 'Felino', Vina Cobos, 2015, Argentina

Bluberry, blackberry, damson. Spice & power


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£33.50


Pinot Noir, Iona Estate, 2014, South Africa

Silky, earthy, mysterious. Burgundy lookalike


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£44.00


Caïr Reserva, Dominio de Cair, 2011, Spain/p>

Iconic Ribera del Duero. Black cherries, mocha


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£50.00

Rose Wine

125ml
175ml
250ml
Bottle


Cinsault Rosé, Pierre et Papa, 2014, France

Easy, strawberryish quaffing rose


£3.80
£5.30
£7.60
£20.70


Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine Sainte Marie, 2016, France

Dry, complex & delicious. More serious


£5.95
£7.60
£11.90
£32.50

Sparkling Wine

125ml
175ml
250ml
Bottle


Prosecco Spumante, Mabis, 2016, Italy

Apple, honeysuckle. Delicate, aromatic fizz


£5.05
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£27.50


Cava Rosé, Bodegas Sumarroca, n/v, Spain

Intense red fruit and firm bubbles


£5.25
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£28.60


Champagne Brut Réserve, Taittinger, n/v, France

Elegant & floral, with biscuit & peach


£11.60
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£69.0

Sweet Wine

125ml
175ml
250ml
Bottle


Côteaux du Layon, Domaine des Baumard, 2013, France

Apricots, marmalade, nectar. Luscious


£7.00
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£20.00


Pansal del Calàs, Celler de Capcanes, 2010, Spain

Port-like sweet red from Catalunya


£9.00
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£34.00

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