Open daily throughout the Edinburgh Festival from
12.30pm ’til late except Sundays open from 4.00pm
CLOSING TIMES AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BUSINESS
Frequently asked questions
WHY DO YOU NEVER ANSWER THE BLOODY PHONE?
That’s because there’s usually nobody present before 4.30pm (except Saturday when we are here from 11.30am). If you ring after this time then your call will be answered. Also, if you tend to ring at busy times (Saturday evening between 7-9 for instance) you might have to wait longer than usual for an answer. We do endeavour to answer as soon as is humanly possible. We have a small staff. Just one of our little idiosyncrasies.
DO YOU DO TAKEAWAYS?
Yes. Some items are easier to take away than others. Pancakes, for example, and Hot Fudge Sundaes are problematic. The price is the same though. We’re not McDonalds.
CAN I HAVE THE WINDOW TABLE?
If we can give you the window table we will. We aim to please so if we refuse there is usually a good reason.
IS IT BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE? IT WAS LAST TIME!
Once, many, many years ago Bell’s was BYOB for about six months when we had a problem with our drinks license. Not any more. We have a selection of lager, good wine, and spirits at reasonable prices.
WHY IS THE WAITRESS TAKING AGES WITH OUR DRINKS/ORDER/BILL?
AGES? It’s been about five minutes! As we operate with one poor waitress for everybody it can take time to get round everyone on particularly busy nights. Please be patient, we endeavour to please in this small restaurant but one person can only do so much at one time…it’s another of our little idiosyncrasies
THE WAITRESS MENTIONED A ‘SHARING TABLE’. WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT?
When we’re busy and lots of tables of two come in, we have to split the larger tables (with the pairs sitting at either end but not next to each other!). It works quite well and is considered de rigeur in European restaurants. If you would rather not though you’ll just have to book a smaller table at another time when we can accommodate you.
WHY IS THE SLIMMER SALAD SO CALLED? WHY IS THE CHERRY WEDNESDAY CALLED WEDNESDAY INSTEAD OF A SUNDAE?
The Slimmer Salad is without a bun. You get salad and chips. This was created back in the time when bread was considered more fattening than the chips that come with it and… as is the naming of the Wednesday, it’s yet another of our little idiosyncrasies.
I’M A VEGAN? IS THERE ANYTHING ON THE MENU FOR ME?
Yes! Yes there is! It’s a Spicy Bean Burger. 100% animal free and it’s delicious too.
DO YOU CATER FOR PEOPLE WITH COELIAC DISEASE AND PEOPLE THAT DON’T WANT TO HAVE GLUTEN?
Yes we do. We have gluten-free buns available. Obviously please advise us if you have a serious medical condition concerning allergies so we can do our best to look after you appropriately.
IT’S (INSERT NAME)’S BIRTHDAY CAN I BRING A CAKE IN?
Yes you can. Bring candles too.
IT’S (INSERT NAME)’S BIRTHDAY CAN I BRING A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE IN?
No you can’t. We sell that so you’ll have to purchase it from us. Chancer.
WHERE IS THE APOSTROPHE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RESTAURANT? IT SAYS ‘BELLS’…
Bell’s sign writer was employed back in the days when people tended not to care about such trifling matters and yes, you guessed it; it’s another of our little idiosyncrasies.
7 ST STEPHEN ST, EDINBURGH, EH3 5AN
0131 225 8116
7 St Stephen Street, EH3 5AN
0131 225 8116