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The Kilderkin

#536 of 1,782 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
12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here with friends to enjoy the Monday night pizza to be told there was no pizza left... All they had left was chips and onion rings at full £3.50 price, which when we explained we were disappointed, little apology was given, even felt like we were the bad guys for wanting the offer! This was only at about 7pm!

Thank KieranAldy
Fife, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saw reviews and promise of a range of rums online. Husbands a bit of a rum connoisseur so made a point of visiting on his birthday. Limited range of rum and girl behind bar not too knowledgeable or to be honest interested in finding a rum to try. Bit grubby and lacked atmosphere. Online also advised cocktails- this is limited... More 

Thank Patricia Y
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was really quiet when we stumbled across The Kilderkin late on a Monday afternoon. It's not the nicest looking pub, but the food was really good. I had an excellent burger that was a great close to several days of really tasty dining across Edinburgh.

Thank AnonymousVBG
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked into this pub for a drink with friends. Walked through to an empty table. Was just about to sit down. When an off hand member of staff said you'd be better through there. A couple of these tables are reserved and may spill over........ but this table is free no reserve sign up. Decided that due to the rude... More 

Thank helen b
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had lunch after a long walk on a damp, rainy day. It was a comfortable pub, which seemed to be frequented by locals. Hot soup and a glass of wine were enjoyed in a low key pub environment.

Thank Golferboy18
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 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 October 8, 2016 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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 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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54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

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 

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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
$8 - $13
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, Large groups, Bar scene
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 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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