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Maggie Dickson's Pub

Old Town
British, Pub, Scottish
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92 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 225 6601 ‎
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Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Breakfast, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
Great pork belly

Popped in for quick bite and a beer over the weekend and we weren't disappointed. I had the pork belly with Stornaway black pudding which was the best black pudding I have ever tasted and my wife had the lamb shank. Service was good and the Canadian girl who served us couldn't have been nicer. Defo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
nathan f
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited a couple of times when visiting the city on holiday. Spent two evenings here after having meals with family that travelled from other parts of the country to spend time with me. The pub was a very busy and bustling place, but we were lucky enough to find a table in the back despite that. The seating area outside... More 

Thank Lewislass76
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the rare occasion I find myself in Edinburgh, I'm usually stuck for anywhere to eat. Places seem to either actively discourage non-locals, while others are over-the-top 'shortbread box' tourist traps. What a delight it was to discover the Grassmarket's Maggie Dixon's! I only intended to sit with a drink to kill some time before returning home to Glasgow, but... More 

Thank Neil M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in for quick bite and a beer over the weekend and we weren't disappointed. I had the pork belly with Stornaway black pudding which was the best black pudding I have ever tasted and my wife had the lamb shank. Service was good and the Canadian girl who served us couldn't have been nicer. Defo worth a visit!

Thank nathan f
Sydney, Australia
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258 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved Edinburgh so wanted to say wonderful things about Maggie Dickson's pub but I just can't - everything was so bad that we won't be back. I agree with previous reviewers about the smell of the pub, it's not enjoyable to be eating amongst it. It's not a smell of spilled beer or alcohol, it's musty and stale, like... More 

Thank BarbieMegaTraveller
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Visited this establishment late afternoon on the 30th December - The first thing that you notice is the unappealing smell of something odd being masked by scented candles or the like. NEXT you meet the most surly uninterested barman I have come across anywhere on my travels - An embarrassment to Scottish Hospitality especially at Hogmanay. The prices were the... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

A more miserable, unwelcoming reception would hard to beat. A smile goes a long way. I have lived in Edinburgh all my life and I am embarrassed by just how appalling the service received. The bar smelt terrible and the toilets even worse. A worse welcome to Edinburgh's Hogmanay would be hard to imagine. Tourists, just don't go here. Find... More 

1 Thank djl277
Port Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

if you use an ecig,dont eat here-staff rude when questioned where signage was that said no vaping allowed.too many establishments put signs up saying no smoking but say nothing about ecigs.food average.sorry but there are better establishments a few doors down

1 Thank Lorraine B
Bromley, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Visited with my partner for an early lunchtime meal. Food was nice, I chose the sausages and mash in a Yorkshire, and my partner had the steak pie. Both were normal pub grub. However, once receiving the bill, we found that we had been charged £2.50 each for a can of Coke... A can! With both of us living in... More 

2 Thank Seaholme
N Ireland
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We were looking for a quick lunch before flying home. The menu looked simple but ok. Upon walking in we were struck by the lack of atmosphere and the girl behind the bar was uninterested. We decided to play safe but when I ordered the fish and chips the waitress was unsure if it was available. At this point we... More 

Thank Evelyn59NIreland
Everett, Washington
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We stopped in here after hearing the story of Maggie Dickson. There are many pubs in this area and they all look about the same. The pub itself was disappointing. They had a small selection of beers and the food was just OK. I would be inclined to try a different place when I'm here again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 92 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 6601 ‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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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.
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