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Jolly Judge

7 James Court 493 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
+44 131 225 2669
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A wonderful spot to stop to get refreshment away from the crowds.

We stumbled upon this little gem of a pub a block from the castle down an alleyway. It had... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chrisyberg
,
Canton, Michigan
Small portions

It was a real shame the portions were so small on their open sandwiches as they were really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah S
,
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Jolly Judge public bar in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Low beamed ceilings, warm fire and a tranquil atmosphere, this is Scottish hospitality at its best. Sample the wide range of malt whiskies, real ales and tempting bar lunches.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good38%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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7 James Court 493 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
Old Town
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+44 131 225 2669
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stumbled upon this little gem of a pub a block from the castle down an alleyway. It had wonderful food and a good selection of beverages at a very reasonable price.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a real shame the portions were so small on their open sandwiches as they were really delicious but about half the size they should have been. My other half had the butternut squash soup which was very tasty. It's tucked a bit out...More

Thank Sarah S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in one of the typical closes in Edimburgh, the environement is quite good to take a break, but our experience wasn’t too good. The waiter probable hadn’t his best day. We could say he was just correct. We asked him to have something to...More

Thank Beatriz A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No idea what the food is like, but the beers I had during my two visits were amongst the best I've had. First priority when entering a pub should be the beer and it seems the owners of this place understand that. Proper drinkers aren't...More

Thank Christopher A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place cosy reasonable prices and once we tucked ourselves in a corner it was great. Staff welcoming and friendly and a quirky joint.

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

This is a great little pub which I use whenever I visit the Royal mile, through a close and downstairs to this cellar bar, it is small and cosy and very atmospheric, a proper little pub, if you want food go somewhere else You can...More

Thank Sam C
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Ok, it's maybe not a secret tip, since our tour guide recommends it to everybody, but we weren't disappointed. It's a really small and cosy pub in a backstreet with a great selection of beers you can pre-taste. The barkeeper is very nice as well....More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Just came for a pint but it is worth a mention. Not that big and busy as it was a rainy bank holiday but still managed to get a spot by the real fire. Warm, cosy and more of a traditional feel, nice place for...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Good food and good real ale. Soups and sandwiches are very tasty. Small pub that is relaxing and so enjoyable.

Thank JARYED
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We visited after being recommended this pub We had soup of the day which was gorgeous ,a toastie and an alcoholic drink each - it came to around £19 Lovely little out of the way pub - down a tiny alleyway off the royal mile...More

Thank Lisa M
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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
...More
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Unfortunately no, due to licencing laws no children are allowed inside the pub. They are welcome to join you in the outside seating area (above 5 years of age).
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