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Greyfriars Bobby Bar

#234 of 1,782 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 225 8328
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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All hours
Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with my mum, daughter (20) and my son (aged 14). On entering, the bar man asked if we wanted food as if not we'd have to leave due to my sons age. I said we'll have food even though initially we didn't, but we decided to have tea. On sitting down we were told we'd have to order full... More 

Thank Emma S
General Manager A, Manager at Greyfriars Bobby Bar, responded to this review

Hi Emma, thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately it is a legal requirement of our licensing specifications that under 18s must be part of a dining party that are having full meals. Unfortunately, bar snacks such as chips etc do not fall into this category. While we absolutely appreciate you spending your money with us, we are unable to break the... More 

Hampshire, UK.
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right behind the famous Greyfriars Bobby statue and in front of the churchyard, the pub is nicely decorated and has a decent selection of ales and bar food. Obviously popular with tourists, it seemed a bit on the pricey side though compared with most Edinburgh pubs (£4.40 for a pint of the stronger ale).

Thank Cartimand
General Manager A, Manager at Greyfriars Bobby Bar, responded to this review

Hi! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Kindest regards, Alistair More 

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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Food is very tasty and you get great measures. Cozy pub and staff are very friendly. Will definitely visit again next time I'm in Edinburgh.

Thank mcdonaghk
General Manager A, Manager at Greyfriars Bobby Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, Alistair More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the first pubs we went to when we got to Scotland. Staff was super nice and accommodating. They even gave us a thank you card when we left. Food was good. Good beer selection-especially the titanic plum stout. Would come back for sure!

Thank Michael S
General Manager A, Manager at Greyfriars Bobby Bar, responded to this review

Hi Michael, thanks for your kind words, hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Alistair More 

Croydon, United Kingdom
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284 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a drink on Sunday evening. Everyone else was eating but they gave us a table. Beer was very good. They had just run out of regular vodka and so gave my Wife the more expensive one at no extra cost. Nice touch. The food coming out looked very wholesome.

Thank HalDavies
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the haggis as a starter and wish I got it for a main - it was delicious! Had Mac n cheese (that classic Scottish dish) for main and it was REALLY good too! SO had veggie pie and found it delightful. The server was lovely too, all in all well worth a visit

Thank Bobby R
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always enjoy visiting bobbys bar whilst I'm in Edinburgh the food to the selection of drinks to the staff a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of outside highly recommend coming here for be it food or drink great place

Thank David O
Truro, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Very good food and drinks and value for money. Staff were great and extremely helpful. Good service. Great historic setting. Would certainly recommend.

Thank Jan B
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1,257 reviews
512 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The coffee was too strong for my liking so had to keep adding milk to make it more like a latte. I like that its named after the dog.

Thank Ethan E
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly bar with good, solid food with some local specials. Nice atmosphere right behind the statue of Greyfriars Bobby. Used to large crowds and locals, the beer is good as you'd expect.

Thank Clare D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $15
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 8328
You will find Greyfriars Bobby's Bar in Candlemaker Row Edinburgh within a short stroll of Chambers Street, Grassmarket and George IV Bridge - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.Greyfriars Bobby's Bar is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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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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