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The Halfway House

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24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
+44 131 225 7101
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cullen skink” (26 reviews)
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“haggis” (33 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Stumbled upon this lovely spot when walking down one of the city's many closes. Very friendly bar staff and helpful with recommending some of Scotland's many beers. Cute and cosy atmosphere with locals dropping in.

Thank LaurenDevine95
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

this is a great wee cosy pub if in transit by train just off Waverly Station friendly good selection especially real ales small but cosy

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

It's cute but as some one else said the men's toilets needs sorting out... every time the door opens... my goodness it's vile.... good drinks and nice atmosphere but let down by this

Thank kd1111
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The smallest pub in Edinburgh is a must visit. Stumbled across this gem randomly, great drinks and reasonably priced. Friendly bar staff and cosy atmosphere. Didn't have food ourselves but a nice looking menu was on offer.

Thank beardedbeerlover
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Delighted to find this place by chance walking down from the Royal Mile to the Fruit Market. Seventies quaint with friendly bar staff. Just loved it, will be going back there next time we visit Edinburgh. Just popped in for drinks and didn't have any...More

1  Thank beenaroundtheworldbb
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I usually love this pub, I've spent many a happy moment propping up the bar, but today, well, I'm utterly disgusted. It stinks!!!!!! The smell of gents toilet just never subsided and although the beer was good the wiff of the toilet was so overpowering...More

1  Thank conn88hagmann
Reviewed 15 December 2016

I love this place, great home cooked honest food and well kept great local ales and beer. A favourite.. It's a tiny little place though so large groups might struggle, perfect for a few friends or for small groups and couples.

Thank Jef S
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I love this place. The Cullen Skink is one of the best I have eaten anywhere. The beer always well kept and poured. Keeps winning Camera prizes...little wonder. The local as a real hoot and if George ever leaves not only would that be a...More

Thank soopercook
Reviewed 25 November 2016

WE were up in Edinburgh for a couple of nights to celebrate my wife's birthday.This was on of the first pubs we came across up the stairs,and when I say one of the first,it was one of the first of many lol.On entering the pub...More

Thank chrisdooley14
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Did go there after reading about it on a site about Edinburgh. And did go there almost every day after the first visit, just for a vew drinks and had nice conversations there. Will visite again when I visit Edinburgh next year

1  Thank willemv94
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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31 May 2015|
Response from Creamyboy | Property representative |
Yes no problem..! But yes, we may be quite busy that time of year..!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$9
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 Fleshmarket Close | Just Off Market Street by Waverley Station Entrance, Edinburgh EH1 1BX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 7101
The Halfway House is the smallest pub in Edinburgh and situated a stone's throw from Waverley station - halfway up a flight of stairs ( a Close ) leading from the New Town up to the Old Town. The pub is popular with all kinds of people - tourists, locals, professionals, students and even the odd celebrity! Famous for its real ales, whiskies and Scottish food - the pub is an excellent spot to stop for a while, relax and experience the Pub's unique atmosphere. You'll be very welcome!!
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