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The Kilderkin

#304 of 1,791 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Old Town
Bar, Pizza, Pub
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65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
+44 131 556 2101
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: WE SERVE TWO DISTINCT MENUS; OUR DAYTIME MENU RUNS TILL 5pm AND OUR PIZZA...
WE SERVE TWO DISTINCT MENUS; OUR DAYTIME MENU RUNS TILL 5pm AND OUR PIZZA MENU FROM 6pm Traditional Scottish bar with high-quality, home made food and a great selection of beer and spirits.
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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Kindred Spirit

What a lovely and inviting place to visit. Both PT :-) and I were so pleased to take the weight off and sup some very nice ales to quench our thirst after walking half way down the Royal Mile to Hollyrood & Arthur's Seat. We were even more delighted at the massive array of rum that greeted us on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

What a lovely and inviting place to visit. Both PT :-) and I were so pleased to take the weight off and sup some very nice ales to quench our thirst after walking half way down the Royal Mile to Hollyrood & Arthur's Seat. We were even more delighted at the massive array of rum that greeted us on the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

We went with granddaughter and had a very nice lunch with a pleasant server. She graciously provided samples of beer for us to try before buying.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

After being a regular of this pub since moving to edinburgh, even with its over priced food and drink prices and lack of a good social atmosphere, me and a few friends popped in for a quiet pint, the staff waited until we had paid for our drinks before telling us we had to leave after drinking the 1 pint,... More 

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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We had just climbed the Arthur's Seat and came to this pub on our way back to the centre and the Royal Mile. The service was nice but little bit slow and the meal and choice of drinks were perfect. Also think the prices were acceptable since you are at the most popular tourist street of the city. We had... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Nip down on a Monday night to take advantage of their £1 pizza deal when you buy a drink. Pints are the usual price you'd expect, but where else could you add chillies, bamboo and crocodile to your pizza for an extra quid or two?

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Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

The Kilderkin isn't anything fancy - it doesn't need to be. It's a charming Scottish pub in its own right, without needing all the pretentious bells and whistles. During my very short stay in Edinburgh, I visited this pub several times after I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it walking up the Royal Mile from Holyrood Palace. The atmosphere... More 

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Calgary
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103 reviews 103 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Good stop for lunch. Good food. Good service, but slightly overpriced. But then again given the location on the Royal Mile, I'm not surprised. It's the only decent place to stop for lunch near the Palance of Hollybrood.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had some fab ales and the most delicious haggis, neeps and tatties for our lunch. Recommended to us by some locals and they weren't wrong. Lovely warm welcome in a lovely old, proper pub. Go.

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Rhyl, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Good friendly atmosphere food is excellent and well presented and all freshly made also have a different theme every night the staff are very polite great place to be ...... there knowledge of drinks are to be commended ... Happy Days .....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I visited on the Easter Saturday and the place for steadily full to capacity whilst I was there during the lunch period. The food on offer was food and credit goes to the chefs. Service however did seem slow at times but apart from this Kil-der-kin is a good little place to visit whilst in Holyrood.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 2101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 15
  • Cuisine: Bar, Pizza, Pub

Description

WE SERVE TWO DISTINCT MENUS; OUR DAYTIME MENU RUNS TILL 5pm AND OUR PIZZA MENU FROM 6pm Traditional Scottish bar with high-quality, home made food and a great selection of beer and spirits.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
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.