The Galley Leith is a brand new bar bistro on the corner of Elbe Street and Salamander Street. It replaces the old Dockers bar which has been out of action and in a state of disarray for a long while.
I live in the block and welcome the arrival. An abandoned ex-pub is not just an eyesore but does nothing for local property values. In contrast, The Galley Leith is wonderfully decorated, classy and although it sells alcohol it will not generate the “stand outside, smoke and talk” crowd that the pub on the either end of Elbe Street has and which puts some people off entering the Carriers Quarters along the road.
I’ve been to The Galley Leith twice now; once for a late lunch and once for breakfast. Lunch consisted of some coq au vin, lovely and tender, and made for me without mushrooms after I hinted I wasn’t a fan. Afterwards we shared some delightful blueberry pancakes that came with some very tasty, homemade, honey ice-cream. For breakfast I popped in for a simple egg roll which arrived promptly – a must for anyone sneaking a breakfast in on their way to work.
I gather the kitchen in the building is a good size. This contrasts to many establishments in the area which battle with old Leith buildings and tiny kitchens. I suspect the kitchen will be a significant asset for The Galley Leith and its customers.
The decoration and atmosphere inside is top notch. It’s clean and comfortable. There’s also wi-fi. This is a bonus because I suspect The Galley will be the perfect place for lazy recovery meals over the weekend, when you want to slow things down, and customers can sit and browse on their tablets.