The main entrance to this large Wetherspoon in a grand hall room is from George Street, but there’s an entrance accessed from the pedestrian Rose Street where there’s many a bar to be found. The bar occupies one length of the fine main hall which is split level to allow some tables to be placed in here. The main area in front of the bar gets really busy on some evenings and it does get full of groups standing just across from service area. There’s plenty of seating to be found in the smaller room areas out of the main hall. They were showing English Championship football on the big screen the last time I was in here.
A very grand building, formerly a bank, in neoclassical style with a portico at the front, a magnificent hall and a very high, ornate ceiling. We sat in the front room, which was dedicated to Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexander Graham Bell. There were four large bookcases and an interesting collection of old books - real ones, which you could take off the shelves, not wallpaper made to look like books! It’s a Wetherspoon pub so of course we were there for breakfast - £3.49 for the traditional breakfast. Unfortunately they didn’t serve the Scottish breakfast, which I prefer as it includes black pudding. There were three or four sets of five hand pumps and a few Scottish beers, including Stewart, were on offer.
(Visited 3 February 2017).
This is a magnificent building right in the centre of new town. Marble columns, intricate tiled floors and a nicely set up solid wooden bar. Lovely fixtures and fittings, then the JDW tat, fortunately not as bad in some places. A place for conversation, they had a little beer festival on for Fringe month. Good place.
Nice interior, very grand and giant ceilings. The Weatherspoons corporate family feedbag ambiance competes with the lovely historic bank building it occupies. But the beers were in good condition and had some nice ones on tap at famously low Weatherspoons prices...
Last time I paid a visit to this spacious Wetherspoon pub in the central part of Edinburgh, I got nine new ratings from 16 operating hand pumps serving cask ales. Must be one of the greatest JDWs in the UK. Pleasant atmosphere, and at this time of the year, enjoying Christmas decoration. Be aware of the recently open Wetherspoon in the same street (128 George St.), called The Alexander Graham Bell, which also offers a good selection of cask ales (visited 29th and 30th November 2010).
Visited this pub on the Great Graig Pubcrawl Tour 23/4-2012.
One of the larges pubs I ever have visited in UK. A traditionel JDW pub, great deko. There is one big room and several smaller ones. They have a great number of taps, the food is the traditionel JDW menu. Friendly staff.
The usual spoons menu, fast adn cheap. A decent range of ales, seasonals whan I was in. Mixed bunch of customers, not as dominated by smelly old men as some other pubs in the chain. The side rooms are pleasant and quiet. Family friendly.