We want to tell you a story….
Welcome to Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, a three-storey eating and drinking experience. Inspired by our family’s tradition of serving food in Scotland for almost a century, we bring you one of the most exciting eating and drinking experience in Edinburgh. Our restaurant on the top floor (with lift access) serves award-winning Scottish food with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile.
In May 2016 we opened a new chapter and opened our new Whisky Bar. Open from 11am to late Tuesday to Saturday, Cannonball Bar serves over 120 malt whiskies and delicious food. Our private event space, The Glengoyne Room, is also available for exclusive use for private dining, whisky tastings and functions.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cannonball Restaurant & Bar soon.
Victor, Carina and our team.
A little history of the building…
The name Cannonball House comes from the gunshot lodged high on the wall facing Edinburgh Castle. It’s rumoured to have been fired by Government troops towards Holyrood Palace when Bonnie Prince Charlie was in residence in 1745 during the Jacobite Rebellion. However, it’s more likely the cannonball was placed there by engineers to mark the gravitational height for the first piped water supply to Castlehill Reservoir across the road. Either way, it’s a little piece of history and well worth a look when you leave.
The 1st Duke of Gordon, the keeper of Edinburgh Castle, built the first recorded building on the site as his residence in the 1650’s. For its time, the building was believed to be incredibly ornate with some of Scotland’s most dramatic and beautiful carpentry of its day.
The building was altered into a tenement in the 18th century after a fire caused major destruction to its delicate timber interior. The one surviving feature of the original building is the door with what we believe is the oldest knocker in the world. This adorns our entrance off the steps from Royal Mile and is another must-see.
Cannonball House eventually fell into decay over the course of the 19th century and was finally knocked down and then rebuilt as Castle Hill Primary School in 1905.
We have found some fascinating photographs showing a tearoom in the area that now covers our outside terrace on the Royal Mile dating back to 1912.
The building also housed the Scottish Parliament offices while the main building at Holyrood was being constructed. Over the last decade the building was used by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo until it became surplus to its needs with the completion of the new stand.
During our own refurbishment of Cannonball House, the foundations were excavated to reveal layers of discarded oyster shells dating back over hundreds of years – clearly showing this wonderful native shellfish was as popular back then as it is today.