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Peacock Inn

100 Lindsay Road, Newhaven, Edinburgh

 

History

Peacock Inn

   Peacock Inn, Newhaven, Edinburgh, 1920s

The Peacock Inn has had a good reputation for its meals, including traditional fish and chips, since the nineteenth century. 

It was situated at the east end of Main Street, Newhaven, Edinburgh.  Originally the front of the inn faced directly onto the Firth of Forth, but in the early-20th century a new road, Lindsay Road, was built along the coast at Newhaven passing directly in front of the inn.

Edinburgh Photographic Society held their Annual General Meeting there on 6 December 1878  at The Peacock Hotel, as it was then named.  The British Journal of Photography reported

"The Dinner was served in Mrs Main's best style, and ample justice was done to it by the Company, whose appetites were sharpened by the strong nor'-easter which was lashing the Firth into fury and rendering the roads almost impassable by snow drifts.

During the evening, Messrs Pringle, Howie, Moffat, Young, Hannat and Reid entertained the company with some capital vocal and instrumental music."

Here is a copy of the bill for the evening:

- 17 meals for 2 19s 6d

-  3s 4d for 2 pints of whisky***

8s 6d for Attendance.

EPS Dinner Billl  -  1878

  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh Photographic Society

Whisky

***  Using the old Scottish measure of 1/5 gill (it was 1/6 gill in England) this works out at 40 measures for 40 old pence, or 0.0042 per measure.

EPS Members' liking for whisky is confirmed by this drinks bill for the society's Annual Outing in 1877 or 1878. 

EPS Drinks Bill  -  1877 or 1878 

This bill for drinks amounts to 3 15s 7d, and includes 1 1s 0d for 1.5 gallons of whisky!

Whisky

***  Using the old Scottish measure of 1/5 gill (it was 1/6 gill in England) this works out at 40 measures for 40 old pence, or 0.0042 per measure.

EPS Members' liking for whisky is confirmed by this drinks bill for the society's Annual Outing in 1877 or 1878. 

EPS Drinks Bill  -  1877 or 1878 

This bill for drinks amounts to 3 15s 7d, and includes 1 1s 0d for 1.5 gallons of whisky!

 

 

Today

February 2010 -  Fire

Unfortunately, the Peacock Inn closed, following a fire in February 2010.

April 2011  -  Open Again

It was refurbished and opened again in April 2011, but comments about  the new venue were very mixed.  Many of the former customers seemed to be unhappy with the new style decor and the new menu.

Early-2012  -  Closed

The Peacock Inn remained open for less than a year.  By early-2012, It had a notice on the windows saying that it had closed "due to unforeseen problems".

 By 1 May 2012, there was a 'To Let / May Sell'  notice on the building, so I don't know if and when it might re-open.

Peter Stubbs:  May 1, 2012

September 2012  -  Open under New Management

I was pleased to see that the Peacock Inn has now re-opened for business.   It opened on 14 September 2012, under new management.

I was told that the new management intends specialise in fish suppers and other traditional meals that were popular there in the days before the fire of February 2010.

Peter Stubbs:  September 23, 2012

 

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