Cafe Royal Circle Bar

Cafe Royal Circle BarCafe Royal Circle Bar
5 Ratings
Cafe Royal Circle BarCafe Royal Circle Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

19 West Regester Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2AA
United Kingdom

+44 131 556 1884 | map

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Added by Dithyramb on 04-10-2005

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by crwills:
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited here as the second stop on my two-stop pub crawl in Edinburgh while the wife and kid were out shopping, and managed to cram in a single cask ale (Isle of Skye Red Cuillin) before I had to meet them. However, I did convince them to come back for dinner, so we got to try the food as well.

Nice looking bar area with lots of wood and (I think) some recently redone tables. Very friendly female bartender, although she was obviously being kept busy by having to serve the food at the tables in the bar as well. Younger crowd with mostly groups at tables, although I did sit next to a fellow who seemed like he was downing a lot of half pints of Miller...

Three cask ales (the Red Cuillen plus, I believe, Deuchars IPA and Caledonian 80/-). A bunch of stuff on tap including the aforementioned Miller and the usual range of local lagers (Tennents etc.) plus some bottles I didn't really check out.

Didn't order any food in the bar, but dinner was fine, if a little overpriced. The cullen skink was good, although I think they clam-chowderized it a bit for tourists, and the bacon-wrapped monkfish was excellent. Waitresses (and other patrons) were very tolerant of our son, who decided it was a good time to be cranky. Such is life.

Overall, excellent service, decent selection, and nice looking place to hang out. Wish I'd had the time or appetite to try out the oysters -- maybe next time!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a really neat place to grab some cask beers in Edinburgh. I came here for lunch to start my Edinburgh beer adventure.

As I walk in the oval shaped bar is in the middle of a big and open Victorian type room. There are booths around the outside of the room. Very cool murals on the wall to the left and great architecture with dark wood everywhere. The servers are very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. It is a very comfy and relaxed place. The bar has a full menu, but there is also a resturant in the back.

The menu is traditional Scottish and local seafood. Haggis, black pudding, sea bass, whole prawns, fresh catch lobster. All really well done.

They have four casks of excellent quality. Deuchars IPA is the main stay, with the other three always rotating. When I visited all three were Kelburn beers. Not the best selection I have seen, but you can not complain about four quality casks.

Overall, a great place to relax with a few pints. I enjoyed my time here a lot. It is right next to Guildford Arms as well, so it is a good place to start a pub crawl if you are just getting off the train at Waverly.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The spectacular Victorian interior of this pub is truly a sight to see. It is definitely a must stop on any trip to Edinburgh, In addition, they also have a solid selection of four real ales on at the time of our visit. All of the ales were in good condition and were served by a friendly and prompt staff. This is a good stop off point if you have just finished exploring Calton Hill as it is right at the base of that rather interesting piece of Edinburgh. It's also likely you will have worked up a bit of a thirst by the time you get there!

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Probably the best part about the place. Located directly next door to the Guildford Arms, down a small street/alley in the first street where new town begins. The place is a fine mix of French speak easy and Scottish pub. There is a circle shaped bar in the center, ringed with small tables and alcoves. The walls were covered with tiles in the shape of paintings. Loads of locals hanging out, talking and drinking. Didn’t appear to have a TV to pull away from the conversation. It is only a very small walk to the train station, so a BA commuter would be sorely tempted on the way home from work everyday.

Several tasty brews were on tap, including Caledonian and Dark Isle ales. Keg beer, real ale, and great service. I wish I had a week in Edinburgh to check out all the great spots.

Food: We had just had our fill of several courses at Guildford Arms, so we weren't able to get the whole gist of the menu. However, we were enticed late night by the raw bar. We had a slurping good time with the oysters.

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Cafe Royal Circle Bar in Edinburgh, GB6, United Kingdom
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