Phil's World Pub Guides - Scotland - Lothian Region

Pub Comments Location
EDINBURGH
Abbotsford A selection of real ales, mostly served by electric pump, in this splendid preserved pub with an island bar in the middle of a large dark wood panelled room with a beautiful ceiling. There's also a restaurant upstairs.
Last visited May 2012.
Rose Street
Blue Blazer A rather fine "ordinary" street corner pub with excellent real ale. One main room plus a small side one.
Last visited May 2012.
Spittal Street
The Bow Bar A traditional one-roomed pub with an excellent range of about eight real ales, served using air pressure dispense.
Last visited May 2008.
West Bow
Brewdog Hidden away from the tourist trail a little is this small bar with modern brutal decor of bare brick and heating ducts. They serve a few guests plus the Brewdog range, including the Tokyo Stout at 18.2% when I was there. Wow!
Last visited May 2012.
Cowgate
Cafe Royal Another historic gem, marble floors and plasterwork ceiling, gold decorated columns and even some stained glass. One wall features six pictures of inventors at work, which were painted for an exhibition in 1886 and then manufactured in tiles by Doulton for the licensee of the pub. Comfortable booth seating under the large windows. The menu looks good, and the real ale is excellent.
Last visited May 2012.
West Register Street
Cask and Barrel A nice traditionally styled pub with an impressive range of real ales including some local brews.
Last visited May 2006.
Broughton Street
Cask and Barrel (Southside) A splendid (all fake, I think) impression of a traditional Edinburgh boozer, with dark wood panelling and some cut glass mirrors. A wide selection of real ale.
Last visited May 2012.
West Preston Street
Conan Doyle Fine traditional decor, possibly original, in this small busy multi-level pub in the Nicholson's chain. They are trying to concentrate on food sales, but when I visited the majority of people were just drinking, as was I. Expensive.
Last visited September 2015.
York Place, by the tram stop.
Cumberland Bar A beautifully refurbished Victorian pub serving fine food and excellent real ale.
Last visited September 2015.
Cumberland Street
Dome A truly spectacular interior in what was formerly a bank I think. Waitress service. No real ale.
Last visited May 2006.
George Street
Guildford Arms Words fail me. A fantastic Victorian pub with stunning decoration. Restaurant on a balcony overlooking the bar area.
Last visited May 2012.
West Register Street
Halfway House A minute pub hidden on a narrow alleyway just above Waverley station. The interior is well looked after and features a lot of railway-related memorabilia, pictures and posters. Four real ales and excellent food (I had haggis, neaps and tatties followed by bread pudding.) served to a mix of locals and tourists. Probably not a good choice if there's more than four of you!
Last visited May 2012.
Fleshmarket Close
Mitre Impressive high ceiling in the large front room, with a dining area to the rear. Concentrating on their pub food (And not doing a very good job judging by the grumbling I overheard.), but also serving superb real ale.
Last visited May 2012.
High Street
Nor' Loch Formerly Coopers, this small busy bar on the station serves an excellent pint of Caledonian's Deuchars IPA.
Last visited April 2013.
Waverley Station
Oxford Bar A gem of a different sort, a tiny front room contains the bar counter, plus a larger side room, with plain decor apparently unchanged (but well cared for) for many years. I found it quiet and friendly on a Wednesday afternoon. Famous as Rebus's bar, I'll be watching more closely next time it's on the telly. There's a Cambridge Bar at the other end of the street.
Last visited May 2012.
 
Southsider A pleasant traditionally-decorated two-sided pub, plus a couple of side rooms. Real ale spot on.
Last visited May 2012.
Clerk / West Richmond
Wetherspoon's Alexander Graham Bell A medium sized one room Wetherspoon's, nicely decorated.
Last visited May 2012.
George Street
Wetherspoon's Booking Office A large very busy 'spoons conveniently located at the top of the ramp from Waverley station. In the building which used to be Jimmy Chung's Chinese buffet.
Last visited March 2017.
Waverley Bridge
Wetherspoon's Playfair A modern-styled Lloyds No. 1 located in a large entertainment complex.
Last visited May 2012.
Leith Walk
Wetherspoon's Standing Order A spectacular former bank with a large main hall plus a number of side rooms. Stunning!
Last visited September 2015.
George Street
Wetherspoon's Turnhouse A small Wetherspoons in the airport terminal, with a reduced menu and increased prices.
Last visited September 2015.
Land side, Edinburgh Airport
World's End A traditionally styled multi-room pub concentrating mainly on food with only the bar room available for drinkers. On a Tuesday evening they were doing a roaring trade, and turned away a number of prospective diners because all the tables were occupied. I just enjoyed a fine pint of ale and stood at the bar.
Last visited May 2012.
 
LEITH
Wetherspoon's Foot Of The Walk A large standard Wetherspoon's where I enjoyed an excellent Scottish Breakfast and a pint.
Last visited May 2012.
Constitution Street
LINLITHGOW
Platform 3 A tiny pub at the bottom of the station approach, one room with a small counter in the corner. Excellent real ales. A toy train, complete with sound effects, runs on a track high up on the wall.
Last visited September 2015.
Star and Garter A rather fine hotel bar with five real ales on hand pump. The pleasant decor is hard to categorise, a mix of traditional and contemporary.
Last visited September 2015.
SOUTH QUEENSFERRY
Ferry Tap A proper traditional boozer, serving four or five real ales. Quiet, apart from a handful of regulars, on a Monday afternoon.
Last visited September 2015.
Forth Belle The small bar on this tourist boat has a number of bottled beers available, including Caledonian's Edinburgh Castle.
Last visited September 2015.
Firth of Forth
Hawes Inn A slightly up market restaurant/pub obviously aimed at the tourist market, it's just across the road from the pier where the Forth cruises arrive and depart. Very pleasant, and a small range of quality ales is served.
Last visited September 2015.

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