Ensign Ewart

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Type: Bar, Eatery

521 Lawnmarket
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2PE
United Kingdom

+44 (0)131 225-7440 | map

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.64/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was part of our Literary Pub Tour in Edinburgh. We got to hang here for a bit, enjoying the quiet ambiance, seeing as it was a Sunday night and the crowd was thin.

The feel was dusky with dark wood, like the interior of a ship. Made things more laid back than the hustle and bustle outside.

The bartender let us sample several of the real ales before my wife and I made our selection. Then he went on to tell us the history of the pub and Ensign Ewart; very educational. There's lots of space, including a back room and a cozy fireplace.

For a more "local" feel, even on the Royal Mile, The Ensign Ewart is a very relaxing place to spend some time.

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Photo of slyke
4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had lunch at the Ensign Ewart on March 27, 2006 after learning that another place that had been recommended to me was closed to redo the floors. As a second choice, this was a hit. Located right along the Royal Mile, it is a small, cozy place with post and beam decor that brought to mind the officers' quarters on an old sailing ship.

I enjoyed an Orkney Dark Island cask ale and had the Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties special for lunch. As a middle school teacher, I thought the name "Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties" sounded a little dirty (you start to think like your students after a while) and I knew telling them that I'd eaten haggis would gross them out - especially after I told them what exactly haggis was.

The food was very good, the beer tasty, and a table of locals struck up a conversation after taking notice of my NorthShore Inline Marathon t-shirt. Overall, a great hour at a nice little pub on a street where I expected nothing but touristy atmosphere. This place is worth a stop.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.45/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

We were full of pep after touring Edinburgh castle and heading through the "History of Whiskey" ride just up the street. (think Disney with a free shot of whiskey at the end) Ensign Ewert's is located right on the Royal Mile just down the street from the ride and the castle.

It had a smokey, dark look about the place, with seedy rude workers. The fellow at the front bar ignored my first two questions like I wasn't there. No they weren't selling food any longer. When I asked what "real ale" they may have on tap or on cask, I was given a slightly retarded look in return.

We took our business down the road, as there are dozens of quality drinking holes in Edinburgh. It would be in your best interest to spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice place to pop into for a pint while walking down the Royal Mile. It was extremely dark even in the day time, but who is complaining. It was snug and comfortable with plenty of old dark wood and soft lighting. And not even that much smoke. In addition half the clientel had kilts and jackets on (obviously people working on the mile) all of which added this strange, inadvertant authenticity to the place. The beer was just fine as well. Not a big selection, but some gems in addition to the normal carling, 1664 and guiness, including Orkney Dark on cask, which I didn't see anywhere else in the city. The woman behind the bar was very friendly and even came over to find me when she realized she hadn't given me the code to the bathroom. All in all a nice relaxing place in the heart of a busy part of Edinburgh.

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Photo of Kongquistador
4.06/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Basically nothing to complain about this pub, except that its selection of beers doesn't seem to rotate a lot. Orkney Dark, Landlords, Deuchars and Caledonian on pump, with several standard selections on tap. Also a reasonable group of malts for those who indulge. The beers are clean and well served, but the lack of variety means you won't return for the drinks.

The atmosphere is good, and the staff are friendly, not overly busy, except (I would imagine) during the afternoons in the summer, when it gets lots of tourists in from the Castle, which is just up the street. Quite dark inside, but nice for a brief shandy before heading on to other entertainment.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As the official web site says this is the closest pub to Edinburgh Castle.With the Orkney Dark Island on cask who needs any more reason to go?Small,very cozy and relaxing.The staff was very pleasant and helpful.Definately worth seeking out to quench ones thirst.They feature live folk music at nite and it seems that you could have quite an enjoyable evening here.

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Ensign Ewart in Edinburgh, GB6, United Kingdom
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