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Edinburgh's oldest gastro-pub

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AA Pick of the Pubs
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Free Wi-Fi

There's been a dining inn on this site close to the Royal Mile and the Scottish National Gallery since at least 1823. As such it's the oldest food-inn in Edinburgh, and it proudly continues to offer top-quality Scottish sourced produce. The building may be 400 years old and is apparently named from an old language once spoken in north east Scotland, mainly Aberdeenshire. Award-winning Scottish beers are the mainstay here, including brews from Caledonian and micros like Cairngorm, while real whisky-cask cider comes from Dunbar. Public rooms include a ground-floor bar, and a wine bar and bistro upstairs. In these pleasantly informal surroundings, a wide choice of fresh, locally sourced food is prepared by the chefs on site. Favourite starters include Cullen skink; local mussels; and haggis bon bons. Mains could be grilled veal T-bone; crab risotto; home-made shepherd’s pie; or baked vegetable gratin. Seafood is delivered fresh each morning; look for hake fillet with chervil crushed potatoes.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 11.30am-1am (Fri 11am-1am)
  • Lunch: all week 12-10
  • Dinner: all week 12-10

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Edinburgh Castle, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Thistly Cross

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available

Getting here

In city centre opposite Waverly Station and Edinburgh Dungeons

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