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“Quaint Pub on Rose St”
Review of The Kenilworth

The Kenilworth
Ranked #457 of 2,626 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$17
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Princes Street and Gardens
Description: You will find The Kenilworth in Rose Street Edinburgh within a short stroll of Princes Street, George Street and Castle Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Kenilworth is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.
Reviewed 8 July 2012

Great location on Rose street with an outdoor patio if the weather allows. The pub has a high ornate ceiling with a lovely carved bar. Good service and excellent pub food.

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Reviewed 24 June 2012

I visited the Kenilworth today with a friend. I had been there before but just for drinks and I found it OK, but nothing special.

Today, I went for food and quite frankly it was awful.

I chose the chicken and mushroom pie, with creamy mash. As with all menus, it sounded nice. The reality was, it was awful.

I can not prove it, but I am certain the pie was microwaved. It was boiling in the inside. The pastry was also doughy in the inside but browned on the outside. To me, this indicates it was microwaved, and perhaps shoved in the oven or the grill at the last minute to brown the outside of the pastry. Everything indicated this, to me. As for the filling, that too was poor. There was little chicken, and what was there tasted like processed chicken you would get from a budget supermarket and the sauce was poor tasting also.

Now for the 'creamy' mash potato. I am certain it was Smash, or some other brand of powdered instant mash. I am certain because I have used it in the past myself, except I have mixed it better. It tasted powdery and looked like play dough once you delved in.

The only passable part of the meal was the carrots, but there were very few of them and they were tiny.

I should have sent the food back as I had justification too, but I did not. I wish I had.

My friend had the fish and chips and that did look OK but despite this, I am convinced you would get better quality food in McDonalds or KFC, though they do not do chicken pie.

I have to say, for food, this is the worst place in Edinburgh I have been to.

I do not know if this is the normal standard of Nicholson's pubs. I will never find out, as I doubt I will eat at any of their pubs again. I will stick to the drinks, a category in which the place is just about acceptable.

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1  Thank male_scotland
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

Service was slow.
Meals were horrible.
Absolutely no effort put into the presentation of the food.
Definitely worst dining/pub experience I've had in Edinburgh.

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1  Thank Lee H
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Went in for lunch with our friends from France. Steaks were overcooked, sausage & mash no better than supermarket (tesco finest better), though fish and chips okay. No Cranachan left and the chef tried to fob us off with Eton Mess which he described as another 'traditional Scottish dessert'! That said, he was great as were the other staff and the service was faultless.

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1  Thank chadouillet
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