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The Halfway House

Castle / Royal Mile / High St
Scottish
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24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
0131 225 7101
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 36
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    Very good
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  • 4
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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
Most recent review
Friendly pub

This is a small, friendly and traditional pub. Good range of beer and the food on offer is all reasonably priced British fayre. Staff got on well with the customers and created a relaxed atmosphere. Worth visiting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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68 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a small, friendly and traditional pub. Good range of beer and the food on offer is all reasonably priced British fayre. Staff got on well with the customers and created a relaxed atmosphere. Worth visiting.

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Carlow, Ireland
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11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Of all the pubs in Edinburgh, you have to visit here. You just must, you wont be sorry. Words cant describe, seeing is believing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Stopped by here because of the cheap meals, could barely fit in at first. Great cask ales available, cheap, quick quality food and an awesome atmosphere. The lady behind a bar also did a great job of serving a packed pub by herself. Would love a bar like this at home.

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London, United Kingdom
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97 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 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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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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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
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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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Phone Number: 0131 225 7101

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Scottish
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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