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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 #434 of 1,859 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I visit this bar often enough, it's a good mix of locals and people not from Edinburgh looking for a decent pint (always 4 real ales on) and decent enough food too. Small but affording, no cars go by because they can't, if you can't climb steps it's the only negative I can think of. Staff are warm and friendly,... More

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Mulhouse, France
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Very simple but warm place and excellent food. We loved the Ales and Cullen Skink with Roll and Butter. To be recommended

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Santa Monica, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

No wonder we heard customers partyng here at 2 in the mirning! This little gem of a pub sings with character and good vibes, not to mebtion serving very tasty ale and beer. We walked from a top level street down some 2 or 3 flights of stairs to the pub which is situated between a top and bottom street,... More

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went to soak up the atmosphere of the Fringe and ended up in this little pub last night. Everyone had a really good evening. It wasn't just the company we were in but the quality bar staff too. Even though Jules behind the bar was rushed off her feet she couldn't have been more welcoming, friendly and full of banter.... More

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very small bar always busy specializing in Cask ales multi award winning pub close to waverley station good service and well kept real ales highly reccomended

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Rensselaer, New York, United States
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62 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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