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The Halfway House

24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
0131 225 7101
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Ranked #491 of 1,826 restaurants in Edinburgh
Cuisines: Scottish
Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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Rensselaer, New York, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Located in a close in Edinburgh, this pub is small in size but wow, does it scream personality. The help is friendly as well as the customers. Because it is small, it is easy to start conversations with the locals. Being in Scotland for the first time and on the first day, we happened across this pub while walking the... More

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I love old pubs. I particularly like to visit pubs with something a little different about them. With an hour to kill before catching a train, this little gem, just a few steps up from the south side of Waverley Street station, was absolutely perfect. Great beer, a really good buzz about the place, and not a square inch wasted... More

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Carnforth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We just loved it. Came across it as we were passing through the streets and had to go in. Very small, very busy but great! Well worth a visit. Food worth a try too. I had Cullen Skink! It was lovely. Loved it that much we are going back tomorrow ..

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Southampton
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It is tiny but worth seeking out. 20p off every pint of ale for camra members. Food is great too, word of warning though, their website is slightly out of date and the prices are higher than stated there but still great value.

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I often stop here on my way to the station... and I'm never disappointed! the place is absolutely tiny so be prepared... it's not easy to find a place to sit... but it's worth a try! The food is simple and earthy... stovies and haggies, nips and tatties are my favourites! massive portions at very reasonable prices. beer selection is... More

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Great little pub where you can get away from the party animals on the weekend and have a pint and a feed with the locals. Limited menu, but plenty of cellar beers on tap aswell as a couple of chilled beers

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Newark, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We were only in Edinburgh for 2 days and nights 7th, 8th May but we visited the halfway house 4 times. This pub is quite a tourist attraction but feels comfortable and welcoming straight away as if it were a local. Ambience great as very small and traditional with friendly staff and customers. Beer. Real ale spot on and decent... More

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Just stumbled into The Halfway House by accident. Lovely small pub, great selection of local ales and a great selection of traditional Scottish food. It was a shame they had run out of most of the meals - but still great!

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South Wales
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Lovely meal of neeps, tatties and haggis for the husband, I had fish pie and mushy peas to die for , and the fussy daughter enjoyed her beef pie. The prices were excellent and the food Fab. 20 people in and there place is crowded.... We caused a jam waiting for a table ! Barmaid rushed off her feet !

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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224 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

love this little pub, great beer ,friendly staff and good food. The menu is limited but when you see the size of the place you can understand why,staff are always nice and there is always a good choice of beers.

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