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The Kilderkin

#389 of 1,975 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Old Town
Pizza, British, Pub, Bar
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65 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BT, Scotland
+44 131 556 2101
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating
Good for: Bar scene
Description: WE SERVE TWO DISTINCT MENUS; OUR DAYTIME MENU RUNS TILL 5pm AND OUR PIZZA...
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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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great traditional boozer

Good traditional looking, down to earth pub. Varied selection of drinks, plenty of ales on and the beer seemed well kept and tasty. It's nice and subdued (gloomy) which I like in a pub, You could happily while away an afternoon in here. Quite far down the Royal mile so didn't feel touristy and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jonathan H
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Penrith, Cumbria
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Penrith, Cumbria
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good traditional looking, down to earth pub. Varied selection of drinks, plenty of ales on and the beer seemed well kept and tasty. It's nice and subdued (gloomy) which I like in a pub, You could happily while away an afternoon in here. Quite far down the Royal mile so didn't feel touristy and overpriced. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Jonathan H
Trondheim, Norway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Down to earth establishment with above average pub food in huge portions. Larger assortment of cask beer than most places I've been to in Edinburgh, and the drink was reasonably priced too. The pub is very close to Holyroodhouse, but not nearly as tacky and touristy that I expected. It avtually looked a bit worn down from the outside, but... More 

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Thank yngvemh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I like what theyve done with this pub. When I visited there was a ukelele group playing in the back room and it created a very nice buzz and exciting atmosphere. The staff were friendly and there was a nice glow about the place. A good place to come and spend time with friends

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Thank chrisyork24
Herzogenaurach, Germany
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180 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Worth a visit if you're looking for a pub slightly out of the city center but still within walking distance. Its a good solid pub, nice interior, a good place for a pint and a chat, we enjoyed it very much!

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Thank Brades1966
Burnley, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Went in for a quick drink to get away from the cold. My partner ordered a pint of cask, very cloudy when first being poured. Guy went downstairs, said there was a problem with it, came back claiming there had been another barrel on the line, poured the rest of the pint. When my partner started drinking it, he said... More 

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Thank AshR3006
UK
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47 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Great little pub and worth a visit - had a drink here on arriving at Holyrood road apartments for the weekend - great start to the weekend

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Thank Anna S
west lothian
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Used to frequent this pub when it was Jenny Ha's. Haven't been in it for almost twenty years and went in with the family one Saturday lunch time. There was a good choice of food and it was reasonably priced for the city centre. Portions were plentiful and staff were friendly. Quirkily decorated.

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Thank hors82
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Their chef makes a great soup. Excellent! It is a nice, friendly and relaxing place to go and read one's paper and to have a we snack.

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Thank Johncouzigou
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Used to drink here when it was 'Jenny Ha's' Great pub. Go on a Wednesday night and you with find a ukulele group of around 10 - 20 folk playing all sorts of music.

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Thank Nick C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This pub is a real gem. It's so far down the Royal Mile that it's often overlooked, but maybe that's what makes it special. Really nice atmosphere, and a very eclectic selection of pizzas with exotic meats (crocodile, zebra, kangaroo...), haggis and other weird combinations, definitely worth a try! Prices are reasonable too!

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 14
  • Cuisine: Pizza, British, Pub, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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