Scotland > Edinburgh
Beershine (738) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 24, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Adorable place, in a stellar location that makes its name truly relevant. Itís a halfway point between the old town and new town. Impossible not to stop here, really. More compelling to visit than it is to stay, if that makes sense. Not the best selection or anything. Just a cute place to drop in for a pint. Oh, and they tend not to over-sparkle.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A very worthy stop, just out of the train station, in a little alleypath heading towards the Royal Mile. A most charming little corner bar with excellent traditional scottish food (The haggis was excellent). Cosy and friendly undoubtedly, this was probably my favourite in Edinburgh for the atmosphere. They had this thing going on in summer 2007 where every week, they had all their beers from a same brewery, scottish of course. Excellent if small selection, intended for the local.
Theydon_Bois (615) The íSham, 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.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 11, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Truly a hidden treasure, no doubt about that. The living room size and atmosphere canít help but make you feel like a local, and when the landlord is there, heíll make you feel welcome as well. The cook appeared to be his wife; her friendliness and interest for her work is contagious, and her pub meals are high quality (the game pie and cullen skink are excellent). Note that when she is not there, food quality drops a bit (at least thatís what happened to us on our second visit, a Monday evening). They have 4 guest cask ales, ranging from the mundane to the obscure, from the passionless to the excellent. You will not pass in front of this quaintest of pubs if you donít actively seek it, but when you know where it is, it is actually easy to find. Fleshmarket Close is its location, a "close" being a narrow staircase which links the Royal Mile in the higher Old Town to the lower reaches of the train station and New Town. If you walk along the Royal Mile, you will eventually see this Fleshmarket Close which will lead you to this smashing pub.
imdownthepub (493) Banbury, England | April 22, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Atmospheric city centre pub halfway up a huge flight of steps and between old and new towns. Not really a beer paradise hence the lower mark and it took forever to get served, must disguise the English accent somehow, but friendly banter and customers and a good place to be.
bhensonb (473) Woodland, California | February 5, 2007| Updated July 5, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Been three times; ate twice. Good fish and chips. Only place I could get cullen skink in two week trip. Went through Cullen at 2pm, and no cullin skink was available. Great to find it here. Real ales that you are not likely to easily find elsewhere. Kelburn Cart Blanch / Inveralmond Inkie Pinkie It is small, but pick your time. A bit of a relaxing place.
pivnizub (464) Bochum, PorķřŪ, Germany | August 16, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Tiny, cozy pub just a few steps off the "touristic" mile; friendly and helpful staff (including a friendly dog...), a nice selection of four cask- ales is waiting for the thirsty beer-geek. Worth a visit !
KyotoLefty (459) Kyoto, Japan | September 21, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A very small, cozy place where it can be hard to get a seat. Not a lot of variety, but all good stuff and they seem to rotate the guest beers frequently. The beer is in top condition. Any drinking tour of Edinburgh should stop here.
Rune (404) TromsÝ, Norway | December 1, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A friendly and cosy little alehouse with four hand pumps. Should not be missed. Located in a narrow alley climbing from the railway station towards the Royal Mile (visited 12.11.2008).
Scopey (400) 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.
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