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Malt Shovel

Open Now: 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Traditional city pub

Malt Shovel is a bit of an Edinburgh institution and is very popular with tourists. On the night we... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2019
Stenhousemuir, United Kingdom
via mobile
Its ok

Really average place, it is nice place, but there was few drunk folks, and prices was bit on... read more

Reviewed January 31, 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to find a spot by the window and spent a lovely afternoon people watching. Food was lovely, the beer was good, it was a pub afternoon the way pub afternoons should be!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Sandra W
Reviewed May 3, 2019 via mobile

Malt Shovel is a bit of an Edinburgh institution and is very popular with tourists. On the night we were in it was very busy but the service was quick and the selection of beers was excellent

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019 via mobile

Really average place, it is nice place, but there was few drunk folks, and prices was bit on expensive side...maybe just wrong timeing...

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2018

Have been back for a couple of meals now! This pub was the first we visited as we entered 'The Old Town'. I had the steak and ale pie and just have to say the meat was cooked to perfection! My partner had the fish...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lwc111
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Chain pub (Bellhaven) - helpful and attentive staff, however, the toilet facilities ( both ladies and gents) were disgusting - filthy and stinking. Not a great experience for visitors and so bad that we decided not to eat there or stay on. Will not return...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank allanwski
Reviewed November 21, 2018

My wife & I ate here our first night in Edinburgh. She had the Hunters chicken I the Bellhaven Steak & ale pie both were delicious. Laid back, comfortable atmosphere, place your order with the bartender and he brings it out once prepared. Bartender that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Popped in for a beer last night, lovely friendly staff with alcohol free beer available! Accidentally left my kindle behind and called in before they’d opened this morning. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful, kindle retrieved and day made!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Stopped in the Malt Shovel for lunch and a beer on a trip to Edinburgh. Nice pub atmosphere, the food selection was as expected - burgers (me), fish and chips (wife), etc., and was quite tasty. You order (and pay later) at the bar, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BirdsoftheWorld
Reviewed September 25, 2018

The pub looked quite nice and traditional. One of the bar staff was very friendly and welcoming, the other one pleasant but less welcoming. The pub was quite busy so seemed popular but we managed to get a comfy table. We ordered food which arrived...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rachael H
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Called in here for drinks with the girls on a Saturday afternoon. It's a lovely comfortable pub in an excellent location. My friend ordered a large pino grigio and the lovely bar lady warned us that it would be expensive (£9) which I thought was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Clare M
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Old Town
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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
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