Halfway House (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Halfway House (Free)
Exceptional based on 36 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: motelpogo (4) | Taps: 4 casks | Bottles: Some

Halfway House (Free)

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Beer Available At Halfway House (Free) (arranged by most recent)
River Leven Traditional IPA 39, Alechemy Ritual 77, Broughton Excisemans 80/- (Cask) 33, Addlestones Premium Cloudy Cider 40, Allendale Golden Plover 45, Houston Saaz Czech Pilsner , Knops California Common 37, Cromarty Happy Chappy 75, Strathbraan Head East 56, Broughton Coulsons EPA 23, Devon Ales 70/- 36, Harviestoun Atlantic Pale Ale
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36 reviews for Halfway House (Free)
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  68%
 Selection  57%
 Food  72%
 Value  71%
 Overall  70%
 Rating  73%
Rating Distribution

DJMonarch  (83) Northwich, England | July 29, 2007
A flying visit here whilst changing trains at Edinburgh on the way up to Aberdeen. The original intention was to stay a bit longer and sample some of the traditional Scottish food on offer such as Cullen Skink, Neeps, Haggis etc but bad weather caused a delay to my train so it was just a case of a couple of quick halves here. Found the pub to be very cosy with a friendly atmosphere and will have to pay another visit when next in the capital.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi  (50) bantervile, England | June 3, 2007
Great haggis, homemade by the manageress apparently. Didnt feel entirly welcome the big bushy haired cellarman? was chattin to me but with a slight outside tone to him which i didnt appreciate too much concidering i was trying to shower him with praise. Really small but only 4 hand pumps let the place down for me it could do with another 2.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk  (151) Edinburgh , Scotland | May 22, 2007| Updated July 5, 2007
Another of Edinburgh Clasic Pubs, hidden away down a narrow edinburgh close. This is a tiny little place with 4 tap usually carrying interesting beer. Again excelet quality. Did food at half ten at night, last time i was in after a long crawl ,and the haggis was just superb and just what i needed to soak up the beer. Service varies depending on what staff are on.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb  (445) Woodland, California | February 5, 2007| Updated July 5, 2007
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 11, 2007
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Gazza  (163) Worcester, England | October 25, 2006
Probably with the best claim to be the cityís hidden gem, this tiny bar is located halfway (as the name suggests) up the precipitously steep steps between Market Street and Cockburn Street and, although it could just about admit a rugby team, serves up to four beers with some being on the very rare side. Good, solid, honest bar snacks are served all hours.

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