OFF THE BEATEN PATH
THE CONAN DOYLE RESTAURANT
Sir Arthur Conan Ignatius Doyle was born in Edinburgh on May 22, 1859. Doyle was a medical doctor who is best known for his literary creation, Sherlock Holmes, he also wrote a number of other stories involving Prof Challenger who appears in Doyle’s story The Lost World. He also wrote about the “mystery ship”, The Mary Celeste. He also had a great interest in the topic of spiritualism. A number of his stories have been made into films. He himself appears in the silent 1925 version the The Lost World and in an interview in which he talks about Holmes and his own interest in spiritualism.
Since this is the month of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth, we thought we would tell you about a restaurant in Edinburgh which is named after him - and then throw in a few more bits about him that can be seen in Edinburgh.
The Conan Doyle Restaurant is located diagonally across the street from the house where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born. One of the Nicholson’s pubs, this charming and cozy place has beautiful dining areas, should you be interested in formal dining. It also has a pub area where one can get a quick snack if you prefer. Their menu features British cuisine some of which are served year round and others are wonderfully seasonal.
The restaurant is well stocked with a variety of ales and wines that will compliment any of the meals you chose.
The Conan Doyle Restaurant is located at 71-73 York Place in Edinburgh (0131 5579539). You can also visit their web site.
Diagonally across the street from the restaurant is 11 Picardy Place, where Doyle was born. The house no longer exists, but there is a statue of Sherlock Holmes.
The Conan Doyle Restaurant
A Sign in the window of the restaurant
The Statue of Sherlock Holmes
The sign reads:
In Memory of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Born on May 22 1859 Close to this Spot Donated to the City of Edinburgh By Edinburgh and Lothian Branches of the Federation of Master Builders On The Federation’s 50th Anniversary Unveiled on 24 June 1991 by Professor Geoffrey D. Chisolm Ch.M. P.R.C.S.Ed. F.R.C.S.Eng. F.R.C.P.Ed F.R.A.C.S(Hon) F.C.S.(SA)(HON) President, The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
The Statue of Sherlock Holmes
To go to the restaurant and the statue from Waverly Station, cross Princes Street and make a right. Walk past the National Archives and turn left on Leith Street. Follow Leith Street to Cathedral Lane (just before the Picardy Place Roundabout) and go left to York Place where you will find the Conan Doyle.
The Conan Doyle is on York Place and Broughton Street, Cross both streets so you are diagonally across from the Conan Doyle As you walk along the “continuation of York, you will be on Picardy Place, The statue is on the grassy part facing the roundabout.
University of Edinburgh
The house is with the University of Edinburgh in the heart of Georges Square. From the Royal Mile take George IV Bridge Street and go right on Forrest Road to the University and go along Middle Meadow Walk. Turn left on the small path into Georges Square. As you enter the Square turn right and the building is in the row of buildings on the right.
More about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can be found at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle G+ Page