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Kilderkin
65 Canongate
0131 556 2101

I was sceptical. Could a pizza so cheap really meet my cheese-and-tomato-topped needs? The answer is yes, absolutely. I would highly recommend what's on offer at Kilderkin. 

The deal runs every Monday from 5pm. Pick a pizza from a choice of five and it's just £1 if you buy a drink too. Like your pizza so much you want another? (And some do.) Well, that's full price. Nice try. Otherwise, the deal is simple and very effective - on the night we went the kitchen ran out of dough before 7pm, although apparently this was a first. 

A breath of fresh air amongst Edinburgh pubs, there's no pretence with the food. This is quick, filling and comforting grub. All the pizzas are lovingly handmade with a rustic finish and round-ish, imperfect edges. Expect delightfully thin stone-baked dough with a really crispy crust, smothered with homemade tomato sauce and liberally sprinkled with grated mozzarella. Even at full price (£6.50-£9) you wouldn't be disappointed.

Each of the five pizza deal choices has one topping and a name that makes a pun on a musical reference. We opted for mushrooms (a.k.a "Funghi 3") and haggis ("Frankie Goes to Holyrood"), both of which were generously and evenly distributed. They arrived piping hot. We were given our own pizza wheel and set right in. They didn't last long and we could see why you might order a second one. 

My favourite puns were on the main pizza menu, which is far more extensive at around 30 flavours. There was Hoinky Toink Woman, which has pulled pork from Oink (their shop is up the road) and Pina Simone, with ham and pineapple. Kilderkin also serves an amazing dessert pizza, half-sized but covered in Nutella and fruit, as well as the usual pub classics: burgers, fish and chips, bangers and mash. 

It would be a great place to take visitors to the city, after a stroll in Holyrood Park or a tour of the parliament. With a dark, traditional-looking interior, large tables suitable for gaming, cask ales, a quiz night and a rum club, Kilderkin attracts a varied but loyal crowd. It had a pleasant, jovial atmosphere, with the music not too loud, plenty of comfortable seating and attentive staff. I look forward to coming back to sample their other wares over a pint this summer. (A. Brewer) 





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