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The Halfway House

#318 of 1,816 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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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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 stop before catching the train

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

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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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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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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Orefield, Pennsylvania
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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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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Although it isn't far from the tourist hubbub of the Royal Mile, the Halfway House feels as if it is on a different planet. In effect, this is a cosy local that seems to be off the radar of most tourists - and long may it remain so!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Took a little while to find but once you do its a great little pub tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's old town.

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Stoke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Cosy little boozer tucked away on Fleshmarket Close, decent cask beer selection, bar food etc. Enjoyed our brief visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Little. It's small. It punches well above its weight. We went in by mistake and loved it. Did I say it was little? Probable maximum capacity is 50 people but it will be 50 very interesting and unique people. Tourists gone wrong and finding right. Us Looking for a good pint. Locals with dogs. Workers just finished a shift. No... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Popped in due to a wait for a train and it is very close to Edinburgh Waverley. Nice beer, nice food, nice atmosphere..can't ask for much more! Will definitely visit again!

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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is one of my favourite wee pubs in Edinburgh and always pop in when we are there. We were through for a birthday day out and spent few hours here. Has been the same friendly girl behind bar on last few times we have been in, it's always busy being such a small bar but always served with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is my favourite pub in Edinburgh. DONT GO THERE. It's small, cosy and for locals. Best guest bitters and a lovely odour of cullen skink. I love it and visit every time I'm in town. If you go, dont go with a crowd as you'll spoil this gem.

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Additional Information about The Halfway House

Address: 24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 225 7101
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
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
Average Prices: USD $5 to $11
Cuisine: Pub, Scottish

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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: 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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