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Thompson's Bar, Edinburgh

West End
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Address: 182-184 Morrison Street | Dinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 8EB, Scotland
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Traditional pub with great selection of beers

Visited this pub again on a Sunday afternoon. The pub has a great interior with old posters on the wall and traditional woodwork and bar. Usually go in between 6 and 10 when it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this pub again on a Sunday afternoon. The pub has a great interior with old posters on the wall and traditional woodwork and bar. Usually go in between 6 and 10 when it has been really busy with a great atmosphere. On a Sunday afternoon it was quiet but still had a friendly atmosphere. The service in the pub... More 

Thank Spg1956
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Looks like a Friday pie for lunch at Thompson's may soon only be one of those "remember when" conversations. The butchers (Simpson's) is soon going to retire. Well, glad I decided to pop in today as it was as excellent as I remember. Hopefully they can source someone else who can make a steak dumpy as I can't really imagine... More 

Thank LanceAmbulance
Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

No music older clientele great beers and traditional shorts . Not quite sawdust on floor but great place for a drink which would be welcomed by male or females either before or after a meal or just a night out in Edinburgh. Try it!

Thank richjane16
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

We popped in her for some drinks after work. This is a proper, traditional Scottish pub and any tourist wanting to experience one should consider this place. Nothing fancy but with real character and some interesting people (leading to some interesting chats).

Thank ScottishTemplar
York, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Called in for a late pint and wished it has been an earlier one! Beautiful wood pannelled open room serving a great selection of real ales, a short walk from Edinburgh Haymarket railway station. Well worth a visit if you are looking for great ale in Edinburgh.

Thank Gerry C
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Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Great steak pie with mash peas and gravy for £5 Add one of the ales to compliment the food recommended by the staff and you have a great hot lunch at a very reasonable price.

Thank Denis O
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2015

Situated in a main Edinburgh street, 10 minutes from the city centre. This bar has a wide range of regular real ales plus guest ales. For real ale fans this is surely one of the best real ale bars in the city. The staff know how to look after the ales and know how to,pour the perfect pint. Lunch time... More 

Thank Gordonpj
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

Edinburgh is blessed with fantastic and authentic real ale bars and Thompson's is one of the best of them. My tip would be to come here one lunchtime around 12.15pm and order steak pie, baked beans and a pint of Duechars. That should set you back about £7, but the experience is priceless. Very handy if you are going to... More 

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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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