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24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 225 7101
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Ranked #479 of 1,918 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Scottish
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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London, United Kingdom
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167 reviews 167 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This place won out over its more brash neighbour because the latter committed the dreadful sin of having football on TV. As it happens this is a rather nice little spot. It's squeezed right on the edge of the block on the very corner, testifying to some ancient right of way, one would think...and that's the case, in fact, as... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

You get what you come for here. It's a tiny local pub, good for a pint when you are in edinburgh, just don't expect luxury service and gourmet food and you will have a good time.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This was the 4th pub we went into on the "Magic" Ale Trail and managed to get a seat which are like Gold dust. This is one of the smallest pubs in Edinburgh and though small it generates a cosy shelter from the rain atmosphere. Had our ales (one of the party was drinking Tennent's) then went down the stairs... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Didn't eat there on this visit as there was just time to nip across (well up the steep stairs of Fleshmarket Close) from Waverley Station in between trains. Enjoyed a tasty real ale from a Scottish brewery from a choice of 4. Didn't have time for a 2nd, unfortunately. But this is a good place to visit for a tasty... More 

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Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My wife and I decided to go here while we were on our honeymoon - based solely on a recommendation. Just by chance, on the night that we finally decided to stop in, the kitchen service had stopped 30 minutes early (completely unexplained or posted anywhere). Or, at least that is what the staff behind the bar claimed. When we... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I always come here every time I visit edinburgh. The Half Way is a tiny little pub up the steep steps of Fleshmarket Close but worth the climb for it's friendly, cosy atmosphere. They have a nice selection of well kept real ales with pleasant staff to srve you. It doesn't take many people to make this feel very busy... More 

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Just loved this pub, husband had been going on about it so thought I would shut him up and visit. Well for once he was right... The food is wonderful. Haggis neeps and tatties is a must and believe me I've grown up on it and this has to be one of the best I've tasted. Will defiantly return on... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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103 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

Really nice pub & very small but big enough to relax in. Nice selection of drinks & a nice atmosphere.There is good available. Met a nice guy & we had a good chat in a very relaxed atmosphere

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Rude staff,toilets not the best.Cheap spirits at not so cheap prices,wont be back.After reading reviews I thought I would give it a try.Big let down from start to finish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Went here on Saturday 8/11/14, we actually went in the afternoon, and loved the atmosphere so much we went back at night! Best pint of Guinness I had in Edinburgh, and my wife said the red wine was good as well, barmaid was very friendly, if u get a chance definitely visit this wee gem of a bar.

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Address: 24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 225 7101
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Scottish

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