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Cloisters Bar

#578 of 1,790 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Southside & Holyrood
Seafood, British, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
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Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner
Description: Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 8 keg beers and large Malt...
Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 8 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday
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  • 25
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
They sell Pilot Beers

Went their for the first time the other day because I heard they had Pilot Breweries Ultravilot on cask and had to try it, so glad I did it was lovely. Nice place with no music , didn't see a TV either ...so what....good selection of Beers/Ales on tap and bottle, the food looked good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2014
gazthejambo
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edinburgh
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I was told by one of the bar staff that I must try one of the food specials - beef cheek and ox tail stew. Being recommended this by a vegetarian guy did amuse me a little, but I was assured that it looked amazing, so I went for it. A small pot (all very... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

I like this pub - they do a good range of beer and atmosphere always lively. Decided to try the food after seeing them listed in a pub grub top ten and was very disappointed. Two chicken burgers arrived cremated - served black! Tasted awful and sent it back. Got refund etc but how food in that state was allowed... More 

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Good range of beers and friendly staff. Cloisters is certainly one of the best pubs i have visited. Great atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is our kind of pub! No TVs and a nice local crowd. Great selection of beers, ciders and whiskies.

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edinburgh
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Not really a restaurant, more an unpretentious traditional pub. I've not tried their food, but without doubt one of the top - if not THE top - real ale pubs in the city. Wide range of beers on tap from cider to real ale to porter and all served at the correct temperature! A pet hate of mine is good... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Excellent pub with an excellent range of real ales which change on a weekly basis. Good selection of wines. I'm not sure why this web site has it has a restaurant, it does bar food but it's a pub that sells food not a restaurant that sells beer.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I often visit this wonderful pub when I'm in this area, I have a friend who lives quite close to the pub and he and I have spent many happy hours sampling some of the great range of cask conditioned beers on sale. I must point out that this is one of the few pubs that serve their ale at... More 

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edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Went their for the first time the other day because I heard they had Pilot Breweries Ultravilot on cask and had to try it, so glad I did it was lovely. Nice place with no music , didn't see a TV either ...so what....good selection of Beers/Ales on tap and bottle, the food looked good as well.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

YES! This is my idea of a perfect evening spent by a hot fire. Yes literally a hot fire roaring at my table while I play scrabble and drink beer. Go here and enjoy the atmosphere!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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57 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Plenty of choice of ales, and seating so all in all good spot for a pint..............................

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 221 9997

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 19
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Vegetarian, Pub, Gastropub

Description

Traditional city centre pub with 9 cask ales, 8 keg beers and large Malt whisky selection which serves great locally sourced fresh food. Lunches served: Tuesday - Saturday. Evening meals: Tuesday - Saturday. All afternoon: Sunday

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighborhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.