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$4 - $20
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Southside & Holyrood
0.8 miles from Edinburgh Old Town
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Reviewed September 5, 2020

Went to The Abbey bar twice in the 3 nights in Edinburgh!! Staff EXTREMELY welcoming and friendly, AMAZING service, food was delicious and very reasonably priced!! Will DEFINITELY be back and will be recommending to other people to visit!! A great find!!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 1, 2020 via mobile

It really wasn't a good bar to visit under the current climate, they have made kiosks at the bar, and rather than go through that experience again, I'd rather not visit. We have visited quite a few bars in different cities whilst up in Scotland,...and felt comfortable in most of them, adhering to the social distancing rules, but felt like a 55 boy in this place. I'm assuming it will get back to it's old ways again because we have had nice time in there in the past, but wouldn't be going back anytime soon under current regs, it really didn't make for a nice evening!!!!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 31, 2020

Booked a table for a family lunch and felt safe and relaxed from the time we arrived. One way system, sanitizer and impeccable cleanliness throughout. We were shown to our table and it was explained table service only. We had the Mac cheese,chips & salad...and it was really good. Toilets one person at a time, they had a dial on the door before you went in stating vacant in green and not vacant in red which you turned yourself on your way in and on your way out. Simple but clever. We definately will be back and a big thank you to the friendly staff for a good afternoon.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 29, 2020 via mobile

Since reopening the Abbey is back to its usual high standards. Food is the best value food in this part of town. Staff are as friendly and helpful as they have always been and the environment feels very safe with screens and a one way...system in place. Highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 25, 2020 via mobile

Excellent fish pie. Great steak pie. Good food. Good value. Loved it so much that Irene was back with girlfriends the following day.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 15, 2020 via mobile

First visit to meet a friend who is a regular here. I was met at the door by a very friendly member of staff who explained all the social distancing protocols. Tables are distanced with screens in between where needed, one way entry/exit system and...lots of hand sanitiser available. Excellent friendly service and very tasty food too.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 22, 2020 via mobile

Our first visit since the Abbey opened again . We booked a table and time in advance on messenger. A warm welcome as always at the entrance door . There’s an exit door also. I must say that everything is very well thought out regards...social distancing and there is a one way route around the bar and to the toilets . The toilets are a one in and one out system . Bottles of hand sanitiser well placed and screens to partition the tables . Table service and we were well looked after by the team . The kitchen did not disappoint and we really enjoyed bangers and mash and scampi and chips . Good sized portions .Fresh and good quality food at excellent prices . We shared a home made apple crumble with ice cream to finish . It was good to be in the Abbey again and support a deserving local venue . Well done Team Abbey .More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed May 30, 2020

We were staying at an apartment a couple of doors away so this became our local bar for three days. It is a great pub. The staff are welcoming and there is a nice atmosphere. The pub has a very good menu and reasonably priced...- the breakfast is great. If you fancy trying a whisky or two then this is a great place to be for there are dozens of whisky's to choose from with some good deals on taster boards. Definetely recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 19, 2020 via mobile

Nice bar, quite cheap meals, very friendly staff. Not the biggest portions for lunch, but it was enough. We absolutely recommend it.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

This bar was very good start of our journey of city of Edinburgh. The service was very kindly and helpful, everything arrives to our table within a short time. We try the Tennents beer, this is my new favourite, one sortiment (3 different) of scotch...whiskeys from the highland, other sortiment from the lowland. We ate a very delicious pork steak with vegetables and with sunny-side up, and a very tasty chilli bean burrito.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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December 31, 2018|
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Response from Dougie M | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes! This is a very comfortable place to be.
Valentina M
August 30, 2018|
Response from ChiaraM2912 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Valentina ! I am sorry I haven’t saw animals in the restaurant both times I have been
Steve W
April 24, 2017|
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Response from AbbeyManager | Property representative |
Yes pooches welcome
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