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The Jolly Botanist

££ - £££
West End
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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256-260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8DT, Scotland
+44 131 228 5596
10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After a week of touring the Scottish Highlands and various whiskey distillery's it was a welcome change to visit this lovely bar! Huge gin selection and even though it was busy we still found a quiet little table. Will be returning next time I'm in Edinburgh!

Thank Avril B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had the best night at the Jolly Botanist! Absolutely amazing food, drinks (especially all the gins) and great atmosphere. Tony and all of the staff were brilliant and gave some great recommendations on the types of gin to try. I definitely recommend the Jolly Botanist to anyone, we will definitely be back soon! Thank you for making our trip... More 

Thank Becs C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very close to Haymarket Station, this is the perfect place to meet up with friends. We had burgers which were delicious, but spent most of the time trying out different gins (I loved the Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger). Would have to come lots of times to try more though as there is a full menu which pages and pages... More 

Thank GillG767
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes the drinks are lovely and a great chance to try different gins but its always absolutely heaving and the drinks are very expensive. If you are looking for a place to "enjoy" your drinks, there are other great options in the city.

Thank HappyCampers20
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been to the jolly botanist a couple of times, and although expensive always an enjoyable experience. Had friends visiting so reserved a table for the 15/02 , table right in front of television which was showing football,😰 Had to go to bar to order drink and eventually ask how to order food, the food we did order was very good... More 

Thank Anne M
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112 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love it here, such a quirky place. They serve food too, although we did not partake on this occasion. So many different Gins to try, the staff are good to recommend ones to try. Rock Rose is my new favourite, served with a sprig of rosemary!

Thank shetlandwomble
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101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here a couple times now. My partner loves gin, however I do not. So the unique selling point is Kinda lost on me. But I do still like the atmosphere. Great for gin lovers

Thank scottttyh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

About dozen of us went for a works lunch , now to be upfront it was a Tuesday! Place was very quite so no real atmosphere as only about three other couples in bar. Service was fair, menu was fairly limited though not sure if evening more extensive. Food was ok but nothing special and not particularly cheap. Would go... More 

Thank kenrob999
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was pricey for lunch, they do offer a soup and a bagel lunch option but not a great deal of choice. We waited 30 mins before our food arrived. Was worth the wait, massive portion one portion between both of us would have done for lunch and we are both big eaters.

Thank Lesleyann P
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26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We noticed this place as we drove through on our way to Murrayfield and so set out the next day to Haymarket to find it!. We are great gin drinkers and were amazed at the range of gins. Loved the decor and the atmosphere; the staff were so helpful. It being a match day (Scotland v Ireland) it was heaving... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256-260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 5596

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West End
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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