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Tolbooth Tavern

$$ - $$$, British,
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 629 4500
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“haggis tower” (18 reviews)
“fish and chips” (28 reviews)
“pie” (18 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
$$ - $$$
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Typical pub and good quantities but I have had better meals in the past. The taste wasn’t there to be honest.

Thank Coralie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in here for a drink, the lovely young waitress asked If we where wanting food, we quickly decided yes we would have something to eat and gotshown the dining area. We got given the menus and quickly chose our meal. Ordering a beefburger and...More

Thank Sophie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic meal in one of the most historic buildings in Edinburgh. Huge tasty fish and chips, and the Macaroni Cheese was simply superb, decent sized portions. Service was spot on and the prices were very reasonable.

Thank Scotty102
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent evening meal in a convenient location down the Royal Mile. They serve great salads and amazing burgers along with the standard pub fare. We had great service from Leanne in particular and also Mairi.

1  Thank Alan J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. My boyfriend and I went in for dinner and drinks and the food was good and the drinks were good. We ordered the haggis and black pudding burger (can't remember what it's called) and the steak and ale...More

Thank karinacastle06
Reviewed 13 December 2017

good service, affordable prices and the best mac 'n cheese in Edinburgh. A shame I couldn't finish it as it was a huge portion with fries

Thank Roosje87
Reviewed 20 November 2017

We sat at the bar before eating to get a feel for the place. 3 cask ales to choose from, very good. Bartender/owner was friendly & fun. Later we sat in the back restaurant. We worried since we were the only customers eating but No...More

Thank LmacP
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Stopped in here for a well earned beverage and lunch after a hike to Arthur's seat. The pub definitely had some character.There was a slight communication problem with our server (never knew what beer we were actually getting until it arrived) and she honestly didn't...More

Thank 24vacation
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Historic pub serving great food. Friendly staff and good atmosphere . Would highly recommend this pub located on canon gate.

Thank michelle e
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Super ambiance, personnel sympa; Nourriture tres bonne mais les portions sont énormes donc un plat principal suffit . Le saumon fumé est délicieux. Je recommende et serais de retour pour sur lors de mon prochain séjour. Great ambience; Nice staff. Lovely food but portions too...More

Thank Magalie F
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
26 November 2016|
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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, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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
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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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