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The Kilderkin

#498 of 1,788 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Pizza
As featured in Unexpected Edinburgh
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65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
+44 131 556 2101
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although situated on canongate this is a must visit. A jewel in the scottish crown. Great food and drink and a warm welcome. Will visit again. Amazing pizza menu.

Thank john S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled into Kilderkin after a long day of travel and tourism. We were exhausted, thirsty, and a bit hungry. The ambience was great and the soup (tomato) that Ella shared with us was wonderful. That brings us to Ella. She was fantastic. Literally made the visit to kilderkin one to remember. She provided timely recommendations and lovey service. She's... More 

Thank Zachary P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly service. Had a drink after a day of sightseeing. Very Helpful in choosing local gin, Pickering, to try along with some local history. Relaxing and comfortable pub.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service was terrible. Was grunted at throughout service and the coffee I ordered was luke warm and the majority was froth. An elderly and very frail gentleman purchased a drink and was not even helped over to a table as the girl behind the bar watched him struggle. This place has the potential to be great. Sadly the staff let... More 

Thank EAG24
Bathurst, Canada
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having descended the Royal Mile photographing closes etc. we were more than ready to find a refreshment port. Enter The Kilderkin. We had drinks and a snack in a very spacious pub area and the food and service was very acceptable. There were students, but they were no problem. Perhaps AlainaMRZ expected something quieter but a busy Scottish pub has... More 

Thank 88Duncans
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a pleasure it was to stumble across this mirage after descending from Arthur's seat. Overcome by fatigue we hunted for solace and found it in this pub. A selection of pizzas and lovely drinks overcame this need. But it went further. The ambience of the place rose our spirits and we will return one day. Xxxxxxx

1 Thank jackyd1235
Minnesota, USA
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

We should have known when standing in line to order and listening to folks talk about what was "the cheapest drink to order to get the £1 pizza ("e.g. Coke") that the evening's enjoyment's would be a bit less than we had hoped... Once we were finally served: 1. I was told that we could not order cocktails today. 2.... More 

Thank AlainaMRZ
Lakeside, California
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90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We only had drinks but took a look at the menu. Lots of unusual items! See the picture I am including. The service was good.

Thank Laura B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

As i said, very rude staff. Music is too loud. Tables are filthy. When it's not busy at all, the staff asked us to move tables, and we didn't realy want to, and didn't understand why it was necessary. The waitress said: It might be busy later, so please move. We were very offended by this, and reluctantly moved tables.... More 

1 Thank Sami A
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Came for lunch and they don't serve there main attraction... The Stone Pizzas! Fiancés burger was just a frozen patty, and my sandwich was very boring, something I could have made at home. Beers were good, but wouldn't come back again for lunch.

Thank Jake R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $12
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 2101
WE SERVE TWO DISTINCT MENUS; OUR DAYTIME MENU RUNS TILL 5pm AND OUR PIZZA MENU FROM 6pm Traditional Scottish bar with high-quality, home made food and a great selection of beer and spirits.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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