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Type: Bar, Eatery

3-5 Rose Street
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2PR
United Kingdom

44 (0) 131 225 5276 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

amazing mahogany bar in the center of the place. Some nice cask selections. Crowded, not much room to stand. in my mind, a classic British style pub.

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Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Zimbo
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Abbotford just doesn't get the respect it deserves. Its probably because its a real crowd pleaser and doesn't suck up to the real ale fraternity. It just too egalitrian for that. But it very freqently sells Scottish real ales which can be found in no other Edinburgh pub. Last time I was there they had a couple of beers each from Tryst and the new and very trendy Tempest brewery.
A very civilised place which apppeals to more sophisticated (but not all snooty) middle aged folks. Sells great meals upstairs. Friendly and though smallish it's quite airy and gentile inside

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Photo of JohnPan
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for the haggis, neeps and tatties on their menu and some cask ale on tap. (I couldn't spend a week in Edinburgh without trying haggis, and I've got just two days to go!)

The barroom is bright and cheery with a fabulous old bar in the center and tables all round. Busy but not crowded on a Saturday night, with groups coming and going, maybe half of them having something to eat. Dress is informal. Service quick and friendly.

I enjoyed the Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted and an excellent Kelburn Dark Moor, both in cask. And the haggis dish? The appetizer portion was tasty, while the neeps and tatties were excellent.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Tucked away behind Jenners (apparently it was built by Charles Jenners for his staff), this place has a lot of wood and a fantastic island bar. Not a lot of stuff on the walls, and it seems almost kind of plain but it works.

The staff were very helpful and friendly and were quick to serve us, even when it got busy. Food was quite good and reasonably priced for what we got. The cheesecake is apparently made in-house, as they couldn't serve it as it hadn't set when we ordered it.

Five cask selections, although they only had four on offer when I went but all local stuff and most of which I've never had before. A nice place and one I'd love to return to.

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Photo of surfadelic23
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is another nice pub that is within walking distance of nearly everything, then again most things are in Edinburgh which is nice. The pub is dominated by a large island bar that is a sight to behold!
They had four or five real ales on from small breweries throughout Scotland. All of the beers we tried were in great form and the service was friendly. They were a little light on the whisky selection, but that's hardly a complaint as the atmosphere and good brews more than make up for that oesky little issue.

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Photo of Clembo1957
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Abbotsford is situated on Rose Street to the rear of Princess St and is a traditional Scottish Pub, with an excellent island bar.

The atmosphere was a little quiet during my visit as it was close to closing time and only a few stragglers remained. The beer i purchased was Greenmantle IPA (3.8%) with 4 or 5 other guest beers on. There is a restaurant upstairs but i was here for the beer not food!

Friendly service. The pub is probably extremely busy early evenings and is not far from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station.

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Photo of Kongquistador
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

An very traditional pub, located on Edinburgh's famous Rose Street, this place offers a good selection of pints, and a nice atmosphere to go with. Purportedly unrestored since the early 20th century, the interior has a nice Victorian wooden look, matched by the benches and long tables all around the one bar room. Not much space to sit, but you may end up next to someone you never would have otherwise had a reason to chat with. Upstairs some food is usually on offer, not particularly good, but certainly passable, and not tremendously expensive.

A nice selection of ales, with some rotation, but a unique abbotsford ale, brewed only for the house, I believe. Very friendly staff.

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