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Cloisters Bar

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Seafood, Vegetarian, British, Gastropub
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26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 221 9997
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Dining options: Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Friendly local pub

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
TheTimsingtons
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I have eaten here and the food was decent pub standard but where it really scores is as a pub, good different beers and a friendly welcoming atmosphere

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Really good choice of beers and attentive and friendly barman. Try one of the black metal beers, they are delicious! Unfortunately they were between chefs so we didn't get to try the food.

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Vancouver, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I come here every time I visit Edinburgh, and the jovial atmosphere, the almost-forced table-sharing and the excellent variety of beer, ales and whisky will keep me coming back. The food is above average for a pub, although they don't serve every night (I think they don't serve food on Mondays).

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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