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The Halfway House

#239 of 1,781 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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place. The Cullen Skink is one of the best I have eaten anywhere. The beer always well kept and poured. Keeps winning Camera prizes...little wonder. The local as a real hoot and if George ever leaves not only would that be a miracle The place would be sadder without him.

Thank soopercook
Manchester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WE were up in Edinburgh for a couple of nights to celebrate my wife's birthday.This was on of the first pubs we came across up the stairs,and when I say one of the first,it was one of the first of many lol.On entering the pub which is a wee bit small,but quaint we were greeted warmly buy the bar staff.Met... More 

Thank chrisdooley14
Heerenveen, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did go there after reading about it on a site about Edinburgh. And did go there almost every day after the first visit, just for a vew drinks and had nice conversations there. Will visite again when I visit Edinburgh next year

1 Thank willemv94
Newport, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This tiny pub offers great character and excellent Scottish light meals, as well as a good selection of micro-brewery beers at substantially less than Edinburgh's normal rip-off prices

Thank Brian J
North Carolina
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Friendly welcoming staff in a local just off the Royal Mile and close to the train station. Wonderfully hot Stovies and Oatcakes and other traditional dishes on the menu. It's a SMALL place with a larger variety of beers then you would expect.

Thank afishe2000
Halifax, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

It’s difficult finding a pub that suites your taste, even in a city that has 100 pubs on every street (or so it seems in Edinburgh). I walked into many pubs that had the right atmosphere, my favorite beer on tap, and perfect service. However, I never really walked into a pub quite like the Halfway House where it just... More 

1 Thank Cory G
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the great Edinburgh pubs. I love it and have frequented it loads of times. Unfortunately the only time I turn to trip adviser is when I am not happy. I had a fantastic pint of Pentland IPA and then asked for a haddock pie with mushy peas. So the microwave takes off. Fair enough. Then it... More 

Thank Georgewalker000
Norwich, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

I was overnight in Edinburgh on business and noticed this place as I was walking to my hotel. Definitely a good idea to pop in for a few pints, nice whiskey, and some haggis. I'd definitely go back next time I'm there, and thanks for a great night

1 Thank Badgerium
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Leaving Waverly and heading up the stairs I decided to pop into this place since I had some time to kill waiting for my friend to arrive. Very warm and inviting decor sets you at ease once you walk in. Good selection of beers and other drinks. Nice little food menu if you are in the mood for a bite.... More 

Thank Hawaiishark71
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

I had seen this pub on tripadvisor so thought we would take a look. It did take a little finding it is half way up some very steep steps so if you find steps difficult you could have a problem. It is cosy little pub serving good beers didn't try the food but my husband liked the look of what... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $9
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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