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Ghillie Dhu

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West End
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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2-6 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD, Scotland
+44 131 222 9930
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11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Already made reservations for 7 two days in advance just to find out after waiting in the public bar for more than three hours, we couldn't get in for the event we booked. Terrible policy and just rude people.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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324 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant has a very Scottish baronial feel to it with wooden beams, stone walls and a large open plan bar area. The eating area behind the bar is pleasant with some small booths and other tables. The service is really good and the food was very tasty with good amounts at average prices. A good range of beers and... More 

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Thank Bfmcm
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi Bfmcm, Many thanks for your recent review, thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are pleased to hear you had an overall enjoyable evening with us and were able to sample a variety of options from our food and beverage menu. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards, The... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely building,very impressive when you enter. Three of us had the christmas lunch and the 4th diner had macaroni. The turkey was really tasty and the veg with it was lovely,plate was not overloaded but was very filling. Prices and staff very good. We even got a free shot of mulled wine with our meal,which smelt and tasted of christmas... More 

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Thank moira306
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi moira306, Many thanks for your review, we are delighted that you and your party had such and enjoyable experience with us here at Ghillie Dhu and were one of the first to enjoy and taste our fantastic festive menu! We hope to welcome you back again int he near future, wishing you a merry Christmas! Kind regards, The Ghillie... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I started taking groups to the Ghillie 7 years ago ( I'm a tour guide) and I have to say I have always been impressed by the professionalism and flexibility of the staff. If you're looking for the perfect setting to cater for your even, you've found it. Because my experiences at the Ghillie had always been so good, I... More 

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Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi CloOnTheRoadx, Thanks for leaving us such a great review and also for choosing to celebrate your post wedding event with us. We are delighted that you were happy with the service provided and continue to use and recommend us to future groups. Please if there is anything we can assist with in the future please do not hesitate to... More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of us had booked weeks ago for dinner and drinks, despite this we had to wait for our table as it wasn't vacated by earlier customers. Food was just ok nothing to write home about. The cocktails were very good as was the service delivered by waiting by staff. General atmosphere was great, it's a very busy spot... More 

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Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi Aoibhin2015, Many thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable time in the main bar and were able to partake in our Ceilidh experience also which we do agree is lots of fun! We are disappointed to hear your comments regarding the food delivery and would be grateful... More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for cocktails, but took an age - not because of queue. A wee bit more investment in staff training on cocktails would resolve. Nice ambience though, out of the cold!

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Thank Nicola S
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi Nicola S, Thank you for your feedback, we are deeply saddened to hear your visit was less that satisfactory, we strive to achieve a first class service to all our customers and on this occasion it seems we have fallen sort, if you could send your contact details in a private message to info@ghillie-dhu.co.uk, we will aim to deal... More 

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Gillie Dhu with a party of ex workmates, to mark the fact that four of them are transferring to Aberdeen. It was a Friday night, which raised alarm bells with me, as I thought we may be impersonating sardines but to be honest the establishment had marked of a corner of the pub as "reserved" and as a result... More 

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Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi TankerBear, Many thanks for your recent review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your evening with us here at Ghillie Dhu and found the food and drinks offering satisfactory for your celebration. We have made a note of your point on the music and thank you for sharing your feedback. We hope to be able to welcome... More 

St Andrews, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first time I've been in this West end bar restaurant. It's in a great location and is a really quirky place with lovely touches in the decor. It was a Saturday afternoon in Edinburgh but I wouldn't say it was overly busy however the service was still a bit slow. Four of us ordered cocktails , the... More 

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chester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a work function, we had the upstairs room which was lovely however a little cramped for the numbers we had in there. The food was lovely, the bar service was quick. The stairs were very steep to get to the toilet which is two flights down, somebody dropped a glass from the top of the stairs to... More 

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Thank kathb88
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi Kathb88, Many thanks for your review. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable evening here at Ghillie Dhu for your works function. We ave made note to be cautious of guests travelling down stairs with glassware and communicated with all the team so as to prevent for furture guests also. We hope to welcome you back in... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

When we visited, a Monday evening at the end of October it was very quiet. There was a solo musician, but whilst he tried hard, he wasn't very good. The main real ale at the bar we went in was off.

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Thank 859phil
Central E, General Manager at Ghillie Dhu, responded to this review

Hi 859phil, Thank you for your recent review, we are very sorry to hear of your recent experience with us, we have passed your comments on and are investigating as to why the ale was not available and looking into the live music supplier for that evening. If you would like to drop us an email for further discussion please... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$32
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-6 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 222 9930
Description
Originally St Thomas Episcopal Church, Ghillie Dhu has been beautifully restored to showcase its traditional features. With an enviable location tucked in at the West End of the city centre, we are a short distance from Haymarket Train Station and directly opposite all major bus routes. Awarded Best Small Venue at the Scottish Event Awards two years running the team pride ourselves on the quality of catering and service we provide.Ghillie Dhu benefits from a dedicated and experienced Events Team who are poised to look after your event from enquiry right through to completion. Our Chef has created a variety of mouth-watering menus from the best produce that Scotland's larder can offer.Free wifi access is available every day of the week, ideal if you've got a working lunch or just feel like a nosey on Facebook.

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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