The Halfway House

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4.16 w/ 4 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

24 Fleshmarket Close
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1BX
United Kingdom

0131 225 7101 | map

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Added by BDTyre on 04-21-2010

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by champ103:
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3.33/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I was excited to visit this place after I heard it was CAMRA's Edinburgh Pub of the Year. It is located down a set of stairs off Cockburn St, close to the Royal Mile. A tiny pub, and they proudly advertise this as being the smallest in Edinburgh. A tiny bar that sits no more than four people with a few tables and booths scattered about. Normally I like places like this, but the vibe just was not there for me. I think it is because the staff is really unatentive, and I was the only one at the bar. Besides the homeless people sitting right outside the door. Which the bartenders went outside to smoke with several times.

They have four cask that are of good quality. It looks like they rotate regularly. When I was there, BrewDog's Punk IPA, and several Stewart beers were on.

Overall, I am sorry to say this was my least favorite place that I stopped in while visiting Edinburgh. A nice selection of cask offerings. Though the kind of stand offish, and unatentive staff that mingles more with homeless people than customers turned me off. I would recommend Cafe Royal, and Guildford Arms over this place.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Zimbo
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A hop skip and a jump from Waverly Station, this cosy little tucked away place ticks all of the boxes as to what many would consider to be the ideal Scottish pub.

The cask turnover is brisk and the choice of four quality rare beers is something to behold. Truly inspiring in this respect and all superbly kept. Easy to see why it has won Edinburgh Pub of the year. Bit of a no brainer that.

Food is satisfying too and I'd highly recommend the Cullen Skink if you need your cockles warmed.

Service is generally good but I think quite a few reviewers are under the illusion that it is the barkeeper's job to entertain and indulge you as your best friend for the duration of your visit.
It isn't.

If you are in Edinburgh city centre then this place is a must.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Voted one of the best pub's in Edinburgh and I agree. This is located pretty much halfway up one of the old town's many closes (stairways) and it is very small - maybe seating for 20-30 people.

Decorated with the usual pub paraphernalia and also railway themed decor (hence the name Halfway House).

I visited this a few times when on my leave, and the staff and what I'm guessing are regulars were extremely friendly and let me run a tab.

Food selection is limited, but the food itself is excellent. Price is what you'd expect from any pub in the UK.

4 beers on cask, but they rotate on almost a daily basis. We went here twice during our 4 day stay in Edinburgh and 3 of the casks had changed in that time. They also have Guinness, Tenant's, et al. on keg.

An excellent little pub and I would revisit it in a heartbeat.

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The Halfway House in Edinburgh, GB6, United Kingdom
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