Scotland > Edinburgh
Tim Webb (288) Bristol, England | August 19, 2015| Updated August 21, 2015
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Leighton (727) London, England | July 7, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Scopey (504) Croydon, England | July 31, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jfb (137) Freising, Germany | May 20, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
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
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A cool tiny pub full of locals watching tennis. Good selection of 4-5 real ales. Worth checking out.
Theydon_Bois (853) Tourist Town (West), England | December 22, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
lambic (94) Newton Abbot, England | October 17, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice small cosy pub serving well kept Scottish beers, good value food including Cullen Skink and Haggis. Friendly service and close to Waverley station.
sic1314 (478) Leiden, Netherlands | September 26, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Caytinator (113) Tucson, Arizona | July 22, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Brugmansia (474) Jylland, Denmark | April 26, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited this pub on the Great Graig Pubcrawl Tour 23/4-2012.
As the name say this very small, traditionel city pub, is place halfway between 2 streets, down ( or up ) the stairs.
And it is very small, with 4 handpumps, and beers from all UK. There is limited space in the pub, put 20 people in there and it will be crowded. Placed very close to the train station, I would say itīs a must to visit this pub, whether you are into beers or not :-).
They do small pub snacks, but donīt think they do any food.
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