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John Leslie Pub

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Andrew G wrote a review Aug 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom9 contributions3 helpful votes
A really nice traditional pub with an amazing selection of scotch whiskey and really friendly atmosphere would recommend a visit.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Soggy63 wrote a review Oct 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom733 contributions274 helpful votes
My wife and I undertook a wee pub crawl and pubs on the south side of Edinburgh that we hadn't visited for a number of years and John Leslie was on our list. We calculated that it was about 15 years since we had been to the pub and apart from a lick of paint, it hadn't really changed since our last visit. We were happy with this as we are not fans of new plastic pubs. On arrival we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who was happy to help with our beer selection. On ordering and tasting my beer I noticed that it tasted off as it was probably from the bottom of the barrel. I pointed this out to the member of staff who had served me and he could apologise enough. I then selected another beer which was excellent. Overall great customer service. I certainly enjoyed my visit to John Leslie and also look forward to my next visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Roland P wrote a review Jun 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
This is the quintesentail Scot pub but with a twist. There are doors, one for each side, the genteals on one side and the skullywags the other :-) Awsome selection of everything to get going.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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davey1949 wrote a review May 2019
Pickering, Canada231 contributions43 helpful votes
Went here for after dinner drinks. An interesting traditional style pub, divided into two parts with different entrances! A good selection of beer, real ales on tap and single malts. The regulars don't seem to want to share the space, so it is sometimes not easy to approach the bar, and the staff aren't particularly friendly and are quite gruff. Very much enjoyed the beer and malts though and they have a deal for mix and match 4 drinks for 11 GBP, choosing a combination of malts and/or 2/3 pints of ale. Worth a stop if you are nearby to say you've been there, but nothing special.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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My humble opinion wrote a review Nov 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom786 contributions76 helpful votes
This is one of the few traditional pubs left in Edinburgh so would definitely recommend you go out of you way to visit. Roaring log fire was lovely on a cold wintry night and loved the pile of traditional board games.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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