Industrial-chic interiors with casual service and a menu to suit all-day dining and drinking, Checkpoint is a warm and welcoming spot in the heart of the Old Town.
It’s truly impressive that not only did someone have the idea to plant a shipping container in the middle of a bistro, but that they actually went ahead and did it. The internal open-plan room this creates in Checkpoint adds both trendy and cosy notes to what would otherwise be a vast space. This eclectic approach continues in the drinks list and menu, where you’ll find beers from all over the world and vegan bowls sitting alongside sharing boards. Choices like cauliflower shawarma with red quinoa tabbouleh are interesting and will appeal to any dietary requirement, and meat eaters are well-served too – rump of lamb served North African style is lovely and pink, while the burger is definitely a highlight: thick, juicy and well-flavoured it comes with deliciously crunchy triple-cooked or sweet potato fries. You’ll probably still have room for a sweet treat – thick creamy green avocado and lime cheesecake ticks both vegan and gluten-free boxes, while the rhubarb and blood orange tarte tatin is crispy, a little sharp and nicely sweetened with buttermilk ice-cream.
- Private dining: Up to 18 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Modern electronic
- Live entertainment: Events upstairs during the Fringe festival
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £16 per bottle
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