Halfway House

24 Fleshmarket Close
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BX
bar  3.65/5.0 47 reviews
11:00 - 00:00 Mo-Sat 12:30(;?); - 00:00 Sun (;?);

Mayor: Boudicca (1) | Taps: 4 casks | Bottles: Some
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
WingmanWillis  (1586) , England | January 10, 2016
Visited on Saturday 9th January 2016. A quick stop before my train back south. Not difficult to find and just a set of steps from Waverley. It’s a small place wiith railway memorabilia all over the walls. 4 cask beers, quite often themed from a brewery. 4 different on my visit. Beer in decent condition, prices not too bad. I’ve been here plenty of the years. Undoubtedbly better places in Edinburgh but it’s a good little pub and I like it.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (1231) London, England | April 18, 2017
We approached the Halfway House from the Royal Mile. It’s a long way down Fleshmarket Close from there and I wondered whether sunlight ever reaches it although, unusually for Edinburgh, the mobile ‘phone signal does! The pub is basic, charming and minuscule - just one and a half small rooms tucked into the hillside. It’s on the heritage pub trail but still remains very much a locals’ place. There were four casks on offer, with a board showing what was coming up next, and they also serve food. I got the impression that the food might be good old fashioned Scottish fare although I really needed a local to translate the menu (where is Craig when you need him?) and I have no idea where it’s cooked unless the little cave area behind the bar extends back into a kitchen. I’d like to go back to try it and it’s a pub certainly worth seeking out for the traditional atmosphere. (Visited 3 February 2017).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub  (1115) Banbury, England | April 22, 2012| Updated August 14, 2017
Aug ’17 rating = 60. There is an improved range of beers in here, still cramped but good atmosphere.
2011 rating = 54. 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (1037) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, 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 don’t bag one of the 4 or so tables on arrival, chances are you’ll 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 I’ve 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Leighton  (1034) London, England | July 7, 2015
A compact backstreet boozer with loads of character and pedestrian beer. It’s worth a visit here for the ambiance alone; it’s not high class, but it is fun. The beer range is limited to things like bitter and golden ale, but if you aren’t from the area you are likely to find something you’ve 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Beershine  (850) VANCOUVER, British Columbia | September 24, 2010
Adorable place, in a stellar location that makes its name truly relevant. It’s 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Rune  (817) 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).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty  (727) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere  (702) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (685) 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.

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