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Jolly Judge

7 James Court 493 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
+44 131 225 2669
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No Stag or Hen policy, which could be enforced in a more polite way

This pub has a no stag or hen policy, which is totally fine, but think the message could be... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
thelazzzytraveller
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uk
Great little quirky pub

Came here for pre dinner drinks, great atmosphere, lots of traditional craft beers and cider... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
itchyfeet2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Jolly Judge public bar in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Low beamed ceilings, warm fire and a tranquil atmosphere, this is Scottish hospitality at its best. Sample the wide range of malt whiskies, real ales and tempting bar lunches.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good38%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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7 James Court 493 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
Old Town
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+44 131 225 2669
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This pub has a no stag or hen policy, which is totally fine, but think the message could be delivered in a nicer way by the staff. Being told "they don't agree with the culture of stag/hen parties" was slightly judgemental and put a bit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for pre dinner drinks, great atmosphere, lots of traditional craft beers and cider. Helpful staff and customers! Down a little side street off the Royal Mile. Like stepping back in time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little pub for a late night drink. No large screen tv for World Cup though. No kids under 18 allowed inside.

Thank Charlton W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden gem. Traditional Scottish pub with good selection of draught beers. Quite a small pub. Not very friendly atmosphere as few locals in when we visited. However bar staff were knowledgeable and accommodating when asking about drinks.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We literally fell over this place after having dinner at the Witchery..This Hidden Gem is in a Lane off the Royal Mile.. great wee boozer, very nice friendly staff, only wish we found it earlier..

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is another hidden gem just off the busy Royal Mile. Lovely atmosphere, great selection of drinks and in the winter months a real log fire. Definitely worth a wee stop!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this little gem of a pub a block from the castle down an alleyway. It had wonderful food and a good selection of beverages at a very reasonable price.

Thank Chrisyberg
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was a real shame the portions were so small on their open sandwiches as they were really delicious but about half the size they should have been. My other half had the butternut squash soup which was very tasty. It's tucked a bit out...More

Thank Sarah S
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Located in one of the typical closes in Edimburgh, the environement is quite good to take a break, but our experience wasn’t too good. The waiter probable hadn’t his best day. We could say he was just correct. We asked him to have something to...More

Thank Beatriz A
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

No idea what the food is like, but the beers I had during my two visits were amongst the best I've had. First priority when entering a pub should be the beer and it seems the owners of this place understand that. Proper drinkers aren't...More

Thank Christopher A
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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
...More
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Unfortunately no, due to licencing laws no children are allowed inside the pub. They are welcome to join you in the outside seating area (above 5 years of age).
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