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Tolbooth Tavern

) #384 of 1,846 Restaurants in Edinburgh ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , British,
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 629 4500
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 284 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here on a Saturday afternoon after climbing Arthur's Seat and got a pint and enjoyed the "non-touristy" atmosphere. Just some guys having a drink and watching soccer. Very relaxing!

Thank Jody E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the end of the Royal mile near the Palace. Cool pub with a lot of history. Nice cask ales. Has a mix of locals and tourists. Didn't have any food but what was being brought out was pub fare and looked good.

Thank Rich B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly bar staff and lovely food. All home cooked on the premises. I had the steak pie which had proper steak meat in it. Very tender. My brother loved the sausage and mash. Nice finishing touch with the strawberries in the salad.

Thank Abigail S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traditional Scottish pub in the historic Canongate Tolbooth on the Royal Mile. The food was very good, especially the bangers n’ mash.

Thank bluestone_soup
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed good crisp beer and pub food. Good selection of delicious Scottish specialties. I would recommend it any time.

Thank Ivan V
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

We were so looking forward to visiting this historic pub. The young guy behind the bar was so unfriendly, we had one pint and left.Way nicer places up the road with a much friendlier welcome.

Thank dublin6011
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Just finished an amazing meal of the Haggis Tower and Chili which were both SO delicious, Our server was a lovely young Emily Blunt (although we did not get her name) made the meal and overall experience perfect. Then we get the bill which was...More

Thank mmj2dogs
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Out for a walk and came in here for a drink. As others have said "great wee pub" serving real ales. Can't comment on the food but they do have a 'distinct' area for serving food.

Thank Railtickethome
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent pub grub. Seriously good. Massive meals too and really good fresh ingredients. Friendly, helpful staff and cosy, traditional but spotlessly clean surroundings. I always think you know your in a good pub when your pints are served in the correct branded glass! Highly recommended!

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice inside and the staff lovely. We had lunch there and we had salmon as starters and then sausages and mash and the pie. Dry sausages and awful mash but we liked the beef pie and the ale.

Thank Tutti84
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-flavoured 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
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Gary M
is it haunted?
26 November 2016|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Graeme E | Property representative |
Hi We have a number of ghost or so i am told. Certainly have plenty of spirits :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 4500
  • E-mail
Est 1820 Edinburgh's second oldest pub rests in the building built in 1590 that was once used as a Police cell, prison and courthouse, it has seen the imprisonment of the covenanters, daring escapes, and warlocks exorcised Now a great pub, doing amazing Scottish food, from Haggis, (we breed our own) to traditional Fish and Chips. All can be washed down with some of the Caledonian Brewery's famous ales, or a fine wee dram of malt whisky.
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