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The Halfway House

#216 of 1,778 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
+44 131 225 7101
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small but very friendly hidden away n the centre of the old town. Great selection of beers& spirits. Food is standard pub food but well prepared and great value.

Thank Trackman35
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good beer, a varying choice, pretty good snacks--and splendid friendly barmaids !! It's very small so you bump into all sorts of people--that's part of the fun.

Thank Windyknowe
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little place to go for a quick pint before a train. Decent selection of beers, decent prices and food is served (although I didn't try it). Very small so seats are not always available.

Thank Philip F
Faversham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I originally found this pub after reading Ian Rankin's book Fleshmarket Close. The pub serves a range of local and national beers on hand pump (beer engine). The limited food menu is centered around famous Scottish dishes including haggis, neeps and tatties. The pub is a short walk (up steep steps) from the trains station, or can be visited when... More 

Thank caspardel
Westbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a find !! Smallest pub in Edinburgh but no doubt the best. Great beer and excellent Scottish food. George McDonald is a true gent. Every time we come to Edingburgh we will always pop in.

Thank Dave M
Stirling, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Homely pub with a good selection of ales. The food selection is limited. Traditional pub grub to a decent standard.

Thank Colin413
Leominster, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in as all the 'big' pubs were full....lucky to get a table.....excellent 85 shilling ale ( 1 of 5) and nice food..haggis.....sausage and champ.....beef casserole.....kids are now converts to champ 😊. A proper pub amongst all the pseudo Scottish experience Edinburgh pubs and bars. Highly recommended.

Thank Ian G
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can't really review this place because I never actually got to eat here, not for lack of trying. I passed it on my way home one afternoon and decided to go for dinner. I got there at 8.10pm on a Tuesday and they told me theyd run out of food, and the kitchen would be closed after 8 anyway... More 

Thank Maddy C
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150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Half way is small. Charming in a cozy authentic sort of way. Filled with regulars and a smattering of tourists. The servers tend to the locals and there is a limited beer and liquor line up available. The draw must be its location on Fleshmarket Close. One distinguishing positive us that you can always finish a beer and then get... More 

Thank Boilermaker_Indy
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Beer and service fantastic. Had an outdoor seating area too which was appreciate. Small place but worth a visit. We visited twice we loved it so much.

Thank Lisa D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $9
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
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 - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 7101
The Halfway House is the smallest pub in Edinburgh and situated a stone's throw from Waverley station - halfway up a flight of stairs ( a Close ) leading from the New Town up to the Old Town.
The pub is popular with all kinds of people - tourists, locals, professionals, students and even the odd celebrity!
Famous for its real ales, whiskies and Scottish food - the pub is an excellent spot to stop for a while, relax and experience the Pub's unique atmosphere. You'll be very welcome!!

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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.
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