Halfway House

24 Fleshmarket Close
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BX
bar  3.65/5.0 45 reviews
11:00 - 00:00 Mo-Sat 12:30(;?); - 00:00 Sun (;?);

Mayor: Scotty001 (2) | Taps: 4 casks | Bottles: Some
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton  (189) London, England | June 4, 2009
Pub is reportedly unchanged since my last visit. Little gem and one of Edinburgh’s delightful little secrets - yet in close proximity to Waverley station. The four cask ales change regularly and staff are very friendly and authoritative on beer. Well worth a visit.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
RichardW  (44) Carlisle, England | February 11, 2009
Squeeze in folks! Tiny one roomed bar up the steps from Waverley rail station. Regular themed beer weeks/fortnights, but cracking quality whatever’s on. Reminiscent of an old railway messroom, with all the memorabilia adorning the walls and window sills. Not to be missed.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Rune  (630) Tromsø, Norway | December 1, 2008
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).
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty  (639) Kyoto, Japan | September 21, 2008
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.
58
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup  (355) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | March 22, 2008
Very conveniently located very close to the trainstation .A small place, but also with a small outside seating area. We visited at lunchtime, the food was tasty, but the whole pub had the odours from the kitchen, which I could have been without. 4 beers on cask, 5 on draft, and besides that some bottles. Most of the beers where well known to me, but I got two Broughton beers on cask.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Jonte  (39) Gothenburg, Sweden | March 8, 2008| Updated March 1, 2010
Small but very nice, cosy and genuine pub. The cask ales were in excellent condition and the food was good. I had Harvistoun Bitter and Twisted, Cairngorm Nessie´s Monster Mash and sausages and mash. One of my favorite pubs from the trip to Edinburgh.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
rlgk  (586) Göteborg, Sweden | September 17, 2007
I liked this place quite alot. First stop on the Edinburgh day for RBESG 2007. Quite small but very charming pub. Nice selection on beers and the food was ok.
78
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
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.
58
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund  (202) Tau, Norway | August 27, 2007
Visited with the RBESG 2007 crowd. Charming tiny pub with 3-4 decent cask ales. The haggis was very tasty, despite being warmed in the microwave.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub  (528) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | August 16, 2007
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 !
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
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.

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