Halfway House | Edinburgh,
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Halfway House
Good based on 41 ratings
Type: Bar

24 Fleshmarket Close
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BX [ print map ]
0131 225 7101


Hours: 11:00 - 00:00 Mo-Sat 12:30(;?); - 00:00 Sun (;?);

Mayor: JanEric (1) | Taps: 4 casks | Bottles: Some

Halfway House

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41 reviews for Halfway House
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  68%
 Selection  56%
 Food  70%
 Value  72%
 Overall  70%
 Rating  73%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud  (171) , Croatia | October 4, 2015
Small traditional pub located in an alley which connects to Royal Mile. Girl working there was kind, but also more interested in her mobile phone than serving customers. Selection is limited to four casks, local breweries. Prices were good. Beer wise not an essential place in Edinburgh, but it has charm.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 9/20
Tim Webb  (320) Bristol, England | August 19, 2015| Updated August 21, 2015
Oh dear. Great location, on a steeply stepped alley between the Mound and the Royal Mile. Decor by Life on Mars offcuts, cask quality poor - one barely recognisable, one off and one good - and nil else. Food by microwave. Surviving by being at the dull end of "trad". Needs a thoughtful revamp.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (741) London, England | July 7, 2015
A compact backstreet boozer with loads of character and pedestrian beer. Itís worth a visit here for the ambiance alone; itís not high class, but it is fun. The beer range is limited to things like bitter and golden ale, but if you arenít from the area you are likely to find something youíve not had before. The service here is fine; on our visit, it seemed like our womanly server was nursing a rather stupendous hangover - and we stopped by in the evening.

Not one of the top spots in Edinburgh but certainly worth a visit if you have the time.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (504) Croydon, England | July 31, 2014
Halfway House is a tiny traditional Scottish freehouse located down the infamous fleshmarket close. You can get from Waverley to here in only a few minutes. It has a rather jovial atmosphere and eclectic mix of clientele. They offer 4 cask ales from Scottish microbreweries and usually have some obscurities. Beer is in good condition and turnover seems to be rather quick. They offer a simple, good value Scottish luncheon with stovies, mince & tatties and Cullen skink etc, Well worth stopping past for half, which I usually do when in Edinburger.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
jfb  (137) Freising, Germany | May 20, 2014
Qaint little boozer just off the Royal Mile. 4 casks on, nice selection of regional Scottish brews. Absolutely packed both times we visited and the place also had a rather pervasive odour of garbage. Good atmosphere nonetheless.
northropfrye  (227) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013
A cool tiny pub full of locals watching tennis. Good selection of 4-5 real ales. Worth checking out.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (856) Tourist Town (West), England | December 22, 2012
The first pint always goes down well after the step climb from Waverely. Tiny little pub which always carries a good atmosphere, mix of tourists, locals and people who like good beer. Turnover of people is fairly rapid as most folks tend to stop for 1 pint, maybe 2, so if you donít bag one of the 4 or so tables on arrival, chances are youíll get one sooner or later. 4 cask handpulls serving Scottish micros as a rule. Harviestoun, Houston and Devonales on my last visit. Service is prompt, CAMRA discount available (50p a pint). Look out for the old guy with the beard and long grey smokers hair - he is ALWAYS there whenever Iíve visited at lunchtime. Always worth dropping in for a quick pint for the atmosphere and to take in the cosiness of one of Edinburghs smallest pubs. The beer range is small but always well kept. Last visit - Saturday 08/12/12.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
lambic  (99) Newton Abbot, England | October 17, 2012
Nice small cosy pub serving well kept Scottish beers, good value food including Cullen Skink and Haggis. Friendly service and close to Waverley station.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314  (478) Leiden, Netherlands | September 26, 2012
Cracking little bar halfway up and halfway down a very steep set of steps. Still a great place, even if the replacement bar just doesnít do it justice at all. Has occasional interesting cask festivals.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Caytinator  (113) Tucson, Arizona | July 22, 2012
Pretty small pub, homey for being right off the royal mile. You canít order food at the bar, but we sat with some locals. The food (paninis & steak and ale pie) was good, the service was "brisk". Decent prices.

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