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The Albanach

#176 of 1,830 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Old Town
Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
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197 High Street | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland
+44 131 220 5277
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Stockton on Tees
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good range of excellent food & drink, reasonably priced. Can get very busy but can book a table which the friendly staff sorted out for us. We ate here for each of the three nights we were in Edinburgh as we enjoyed it so much. There is a step to enter the pub & the toilets are downstairs, which weren't... More 

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Thank Mikey444
UK
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My partner and I visited this pub following a recommendation from a friend and whiskey drinker. Whilst I don't participate, my partner likes the odd glass but the staff took time out to explain and share information with both of us whilst the bar area was quiet. We both felt as though 3 staff members in particular made a hug... More 

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Thank Wattsie70
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a random choice when we'd first arrived in Edinburgh, tired and hungry - and it was a good one! We had a meal from their Taste of Scotland bar menu and to our delight, the food was tasty, as well as good value at just under a tenner a head. The real treat came when we looked at... More 

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Thank Su O
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I visit here every time I am in Edinburgh. I like Whisky, I can't afford bottles that are 20 year old etc so love giving them a try as single shots. I always treat myself to an expensive one to see what I'm missing out on lol. The whisky menu is extensive would be nice though if the bar man... More 

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Thank Cathmars1975
Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ladies going shopping in Edinburgh and us men were told to stay in one place so they could find us ! Albanach was perfect. Good staff, water for the dogs, excellent selection and great beer. Simple really ,but the extensive range of whisky means a return can never be far away !

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Thank Makalailie
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

nir·va·na = a state of perfect happiness. That's the condition my husband and I found ourselves in after we entered The Albanach. How did we get here? After a day of touring, we allowed to kids to walk back to our apartment by themselves (they were psyched) so dad and mom could unwind doing what we love to do best:... More 

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Thank Neil_DorothyA
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great selection behind the bar, as youd expect. Friendly staff, nice vibe if a bit touristy but to be expected of any pub on the royal mile!

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Thank Chris W
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great pub good location friendly staff and relaxing. Food is served here but I did not order as we were only having a few drinks,I did look at the menu and it seemed good and well priced. The service is quick and very helpful with the different choices of whiskeys and beers ideal spot for a few... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant atmosphere. Had a lovely meal. Helpful, friendly and efficient staff. Good selection of main courses as well as specials of a more traditional Scottish nature.

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Thank alison279
Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here during the Edinburgh Festival - top quality tasty food and drink, served promptly and the staff all pleasant and welcoming. Well worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 197 High Street | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 5277

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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Staying in Old Town

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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 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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