The Cumberland Bar has been a long-established favourite public house and restaurant in Edinburgh's New Town. In previous times, the bar was known as "The Tilted Wig", owned and operated by the well known Paddy Crossan. During his ownership, the bar became a frequent lunchtime and evening stop for the areas lawyers, judges and other professional inhabitants.
In the mid 1990's, the equally well known Ian Whyte purchased the bar and renovated it with the style and quality of finish that he was already famous for. Detailed woodwork with an emphasis on real ale and development of the food operation established it as the New Town's finest local and won CAMRA's best pub refurbishment award.