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The Blackbull

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British, Pub, Bar, Scottish
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12 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
+44 131 225 6636
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11:00 - 01:00
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Dornie, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and drink was good but 2 out of 8 of us were waiting for their meal long after the others were finished and when told the waitress she was rude and unhelpful, she didn't apologise or tell the kitchen, I had to go and tell the bar staff myself. I hope this useless italian waitress either learns or leaves... More 

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Thank duniasurajdev
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. I am really sorry to hear that your experience was spoiled by a member of our staff. I have since spoken to the individual involved about their conduct and I have reassurances that this will not happen again. I am glad that you enjoyed your meal and I hope that this... More 

UK
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67 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

A proper pub, with decent lunches and a fine range of hearty ales, right at the foot of the castle mount.

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Thank PeripateticPoleaxe
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and its nice to see that you've picked up our favourite phrase! It is also nice to hear that you enjoyed our ales, we frequently rotate them in order to provide as wide a range as we can, so... More 

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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Great food in the middle of the Grassmarket. It was very relaxing for lunch. I would assume it would be a fun time at night.

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Thank RahRahRae
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us. As you suggested we are indeed a fun place to coming of an evening. We have live music on from Sunday to Thursday and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to this we also host a... More 

1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Just arrived in grassmarket. Waiting for room to become available in hotel across the road. Thought we would pop in for a wee drink. There was 3 adults and 1 child (7year old ) ( half term holidays) we were refused an alcoholic drink as we were not having food. Girl spoke to manager. She came back and said yes... More 

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Thank Nicole P
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. Firstly, I am very sorry to hear about your experience. For clarity, our license requires that someone under the age of 18 can only remain in the premises if they are eating a meal, or if someone in their party is eating a meal. It was therefore likely that your first... More 

Dublin
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121 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Nothing special average bar Has a few tvs showing different Sports No interaction with customers Which was a pitty Food average Lager range ok

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Thank Morganryan286
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. I am sorry to hear that you felt there was a lack of interaction between our staff and yourself, this is something we will take on board and look to improve in the future. Currently we have five draught lager options spread across our seventeen draught pumps; however, we are always... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Ate here an hour ago wish we hadn't, Orered a cajun chicken burger & a beef burger with a portion of onion rings, both burgers were not cooked to temperature barely lukewarm, wife & I removed the burgers from the buns so ate a salad bun & chips which chips were very hot as should have been the burgers. Waitress... More 

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Thank Eric M
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. I am very sorry to hear about your experience. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and so it is very disappointing to hear that you felt your meal was unsatisfactory and that this was not remedied at the time. We have also just recently undergone a refurbishment and... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We stopped in here for a late lunch and much needed rest after a full day of walking and site seeing around Edinburgh. My daughter and I enjoyed the mac and cheese and I loved the cider (tried both available kinds). My husband enjoyed the steak and ale pie. Nice atmosphere with lots of rugby fans enjoying games on two... More 

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Thank amillenporter
TheBlackbullTeam, Manager at The Blackbull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Black Bull. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope you will visit us again, if you do please look out for our great range of flavoured ciders, I am sure you will love those too. Thank you, Chris More 

Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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248 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is quite a large pub although it dosent look it at the front, huge selection of ales,beers, lagers and whiskey on offer as well as a decent menu. The staff are really friendly and pleasant. It has live music most nights and is good for watching sports on the screens.

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Thank Stephen W
Bartelso, Illinois, United States
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We had a late lunch here and we were very pleased with the quality of the food. It is a large pub in the heart of the Grass Market area. The steak pie was amazing. Large portion with all the dishes. Large selection of beer. There is some outdoor seating.

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Thank Brian P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

my partner and I visited The Black Bull last night for the 1st time, busy place with great staff, fantastic doorman who have a sense of humour which is hard to find these days, you just know that if anything happened they would just be there. I think their names where Paul & Stuart my apology if I got names... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$9
Cuisine
British, Pub, Bar, Scottish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 6636
Description
A warm traditional Scottish pub set in the beating heart of Edinburgh.

The Black Bull on the grassmarket is the perfect place to grab a drink, a bite to eat, watch the sport or sit outside and simply watch the world go by.

Our friendly and attentive staff will guide you thru our exstensive whiskey range or suggest one of our 4 craft beers.

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome soon.

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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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