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The Halfway House

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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: 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This little gem of a pub is half way up or down in our case, on the Fleshmarket steps between Waverley Station and the Royal Mile. If you are staying up near the Royal Mile or just passing nearby its well worth a visit. It is very small but cosy. Real charm and not plasticky like some pubs these... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very small pub, with a surprising range of drink, and some basic, but cheerful food. A few tourists wander in here, not expecting to find it, but traditionally this was a haunt of railway workers. (See some of the posters on the walls). Staff are friendly too. if you're wanting to find this, best ask directions, as it is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Definitely worth finding this pub and the traditional, well-priced Scottish food is a bonus - the Cullen Skink is recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This little gem of a pub is half way up or down in our case, on the Fleshmarket steps between Waverley Station and the Royal Mile. If you are staying up near the Royal Mile or just passing nearby its well worth a visit. It is very small but cosy. Real charm and not plasticky like some pubs these days.... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We walked in and opened the door to a pub which I can only describe as the size of a shoe cupboard! Full of locals and they were great in welcoming us into join them for a drink Didn't have any food ourselves however can say that the dinner being dished out to people next door to me looked amazing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Leave Edinburgh Waverley by the Royal Mile side exit. Cross the road and you will see the narrow passageway and steep steps of Fleshmarket Close. The Halfway sits on the right hand side. It's a proper drinking pub with several regulars usually propping up the bar. It's usually my first port of call in Edinburgh. The staff and customers are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Small pub located in an alley between Waverley Station and The Royal Mile. Nothing fancy but excellent ale and simple Scottish food (Haggis, Cullen Skink etc.). A world away from the Edinburgh over priced tourist traps. If you're an ale drinker this is a must visit - if you're not other drinks are available. CAMRA members get a discount on... More 

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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 - 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
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.