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The Halfway House

#313 of 1,851 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
+44 131 225 7101
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
Description: The Halfway House is the smallest pub in Edinburgh and situated a stone's...
The Halfway House is the smallest pub in Edinburgh and situated a stone's throw from Waverley station - halfway up a flight of stairs ( a Close ) leading from the New Town up to the Old Town. The pub is popular with all kinds of people - tourists, locals, professionals, students and even the odd celebrity! Famous for its real ales, whiskies and Scottish food - the pub is an excellent spot to stop for a while, relax and experience the Pub's unique atmosphere. You'll be very welcome!!
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great for a beer,

Lovely cosy place with well kept beer. Don't forget to flash a valid camra card for a beer discount. Have eaten here in previous visits, OK for a snack to soak up beer

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely little pub. Hidden away but worth ftinding for high quality real ales. The food is reasonably priced too but is ping ping.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Lovely cosy place with well kept beer. Don't forget to flash a valid camra card for a beer discount. Have eaten here in previous visits, OK for a snack to soak up beer

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Limited food menu but it was already prepared and ready to reheat so no long wait. The haggis, neeps and tatties were the best I've ever had!!!!!!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This pub, which is very small, has loads of dark wood, a low ceiling and bursts with character. Has a good range of beers and whiskies considering it's smallness and offers a great choice of traditional Scottish food. I had a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties (haggis with mashed potatoes and mashed turnips - ask for a bit more... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Very small friendly pub. Great traditional food. Easy stop after or before train station. Would come again at every visit.

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Willenhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

we called in here for something to eat, glad we did, food was yummy, and the service was excellent!!.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The smallest pub in the city apparently. It certainly is small, 20 people would fill it! Great fun though, good range of drinks to choose from, including proper beer. Also, and the reason we went, the food is great traditional Scottish fare. Very tasty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My husband and I love this pub and have visited each time we come to Edinburgh. It's a real shame that children are not allowed in to eat. It's the first time we have been in with our children who were asked to leave, this meant we had to take turns going to eat there with the grandparents. I enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We were climbing up these very steep steps just by Waverley Station between Market Street and Cockburn Street when the heavens opened. Luckily we were in the immediate locality of the Smallest Pub in Edinburgh which was full of atmosphere. We were able to choose some interesting beers and ciders to consume until the rain stopped. We wished we had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Cozy bar so don't bring a party with too many people. Mostly locals there, one with his dog ;-) Very nice bar maid. Good ale to go with my first try of haggis, which is not bad at all.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 7101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 to 11
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Scottish

Description

The Halfway House is the smallest pub in Edinburgh and situated a stone's throw from Waverley station - halfway up a flight of stairs ( a Close ) leading from the New Town up to the Old Town. The pub is popular with all kinds of people - tourists, locals, professionals, students and even the odd celebrity! Famous for its real ales, whiskies and Scottish food - the pub is an excellent spot to stop for a while, relax and experience the Pub's unique atmosphere. You'll be very welcome!!
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

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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