Malt Shovel

Malt Shovel, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Malt Shovel Reviews: 3.5/5

Malt Shovel
3.5
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
About
Tuesday nights mean live jazz at this popular pub.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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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3.5
164 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Mandy A
Basildon, UK239 contributions
Friends
Lovely little gem of a pub, local to the motel one hotel. Great selection of local Gin’s (including Boe’s passion fruit) good atmosphere, classic pub grub. Helpful & friendly staff. I’d recommend the Malt Shovel & would return
Written January 26, 2020
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PeterLYC
Manchester72 contributions
Popped in for a pint and a bottle of cider - was surprised that it was nearly £10. Put me off staying for another drink. Quite a lot of visitors wanting to try beers - no tasters given which is a missed opportunity for great service. So in a nutshell, the beer is expensive!
Written April 27, 2014
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BOBHAM5114
Edinburgh, UK268 contributions
Friends
went here as part of a group (works day out) ,we gathered around 2 tables but felt we were obstructing the path to the rear rooms so we went for the corner space next to the bar, however a female member of staff was very rude and totally sourfaced the whole time we were their, this spoilt our day but we tried to laugh it off, but the off duty staff and the kitchen staff also gathered in this space , grrr.
The actual working staff behind the bar were superb, and the choice of beers were very good, i would return and hope the grumpy female is off duty
Written December 9, 2014
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jamie186525
Edinburgh, UK32 contributions
Friends
This is what is wrong about chain pubs, awful frozen food, charged at the same prices as places serving fresh versions of the same. A generic pre-made burger and fish and chips (frozen chips) that wouldn’t be out of place in an office canteen.
The one positive I can give is that the ales seem to be well kept and are of good quality.
Service was, as it always is, very un-friendly and to the point. I’m not sure why I went back, or why I chose to eat, so probably my own fault.

Written January 6, 2020
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Craig A
5 contributions
Couples
Visited this place at 9.00pm on a Saturday night during covid restrictions. Place was empty but was refused a drink because he had bookings coming in. But the place was EMPTY so if he was expecting everyone at once he was gonna be a busy chappie. As far as I could see this was just an excuse to do no work. Lazy lazy staff. I will not be in again.
Written September 12, 2020
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Karenweatherer W
Mansfield, UK20 contributions
Couples
During our recent visit to Edinburgh, we decided to stop for a drink at this establishment. As we had our dog we took seats situated outside on the sidewalk. My Husband went in to get the drinks and I sat outside. Within seconds, I was confronted by a very rude bar manager stating that we were not welcome due to the fact that he had a member of staff INSIDE who was supposedly allergic to dogs! As my husband was already getting drinks, I thought it best to sit away from the seating area...in effect on the sidewalk itself. On returning, I told my Husband what had just occurred and decided we would just have our drinks and go......but the bar manager obviously had other ideas and promptly arrived, removed our drinks ( yes, he actually took them away) and tossed a refund at us. The customers sat with us were quite disgusted at his actions, after all, we were literally on the pavement, and I wondered if he also had a problem with people walking past with dogs. As I have already said, these seats were outside in a public area, and there was no signs to suggest dogs would not be welcome. Totally disgusted.
Written July 8, 2013
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Dear Karenweatherer W, thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor. Your feedback was a concern to hear and I would like to investigate these comments further with the Management Team of the pub. I have sent you a direct message to discuss this further and look forward to hearing from you soon. Kind Regards, Taylor Walker
Written July 11, 2013
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nell51
scotland131 contributions
Couples
Went in hear sat as Been before had nice Sunday roast so thought we would go again .We both got the Rump Steak and asked for them both to be WELL DONE .ON arrival we were asked what drinks we wanted we asked for a pint lager and diet coke .drinks were brought very quick .when had drink diet coke thought was draught as don't like draught coke .So asked the girl if it was draught coke she said no sorry it's pepsi .She said I should have told you it's only Pepsi we do not diet coke cola .I asked if done fanta Orange she said no we do Irn Bru so I asked for this .Then our steaks came thought oh that's quick .When went to cut into my steak it was flowing with lots of blood which was disgusting .The other was the same but they manage to eat it .i asked if mines could be taken away and asked to be changed to well done and asked for a hot plate as the plate was so cold ..Then no sooner the girl brought it back to me and was still on the same cold plate .The chips looked like they had be taken off and I had got reheated chips as the chips I first got were nice cooked but theses ones were over cooked .The steak was still the same .i could not eat it .So told the girl .And when we got the bill they took the price of my steak off plus 20% as well .We will never go back as was bad enough to get it re cooked but to asked a 3 time was bad .
Written November 9, 2014
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SteveJH2014
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
Friends
A member of our group was physically accosted & asked to immediately provide ID or risk being thrown out of the pub after we had bought a round & stood at the side of the bar. My friend, slightly shocked to have been grabbed, provided said ID but was still asked to leave the premises immediately, despite clutching a glass of water, as the barwoman had now decided that she had drank enough for the evening. As a license holder myself, I argued that it is in the bar's interest to look after it's patrons, especially if they are considered too intoxicated, not to kick them to the pavement. The response to this was abrupt & rude; there was no choice in the matter, she was to get out immediately.

We are a group of working professionals who had been out for dinner with friends & were waiting to send 2 of them home on the train north; not a drooling pack of 'lads' on a boozy night out. However, it was clear from the offset that this member of staff was spoiling for fight, glaring angrily over my shoulder at the those waiting to be served when it was my turn at the bar.

I am still shocked by the immediate hostility & appalling behaviour we received & vow never to step foot in this pub again. I hope you don't either.
Written August 10, 2014
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Dear SteveJH2014 Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Malt Shovel Inn with regards to the service you received. I can confirm that I have passed on your concerns to the management team who would like to investigate your feedback. We have sent you a direct message to discuss this further. Kind regards Taylor Walker
Written August 13, 2014
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carrick_sw
Edinburgh, UK132 contributions
Friends
This pub in in one of the best places in Edinburgh for passing trade (read tourists) and knows it does not need to try too hard - and doesn't.

The food is just acceptable - the service better. The only real positive is the reasonable selection of slightly unusual beers.

It's handy for the station but if you have time, walk on - you will do better.
Written May 6, 2014
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Tarzan41
Stockport, UK3 contributions
I went in on a Sunday afternoon with my two sons aged 15 and 17. The intention was to see if they could accommodate 10 of us for a meal. The manager as soon as we walked in asked for identification. Not hello or how old were the lads. His tone was unpleasant. This assumes that I was attempting to pass them off for 18 which I certainly was not. What about hello? How old are the lads? Forget it. Don't expect a warm greeting here. A complete contrast with the rest of this fine City.
Written December 9, 2013
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Dear Tarzan4 Thank for taking the time to provide us with your review. I would like to apologise that we failed to meet your expectations at the Malt Shovel in regards to the service you received. I can confirm that I have passed on your concerns to the management team who would like to investigate your feedback. We have sent you a direct message to discuss this further. Kind regards Taylor Walker
Written December 16, 2013
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Malt Shovel is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM


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