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Tolbooth Tavern

$$ - $$$, British,
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 629 4500
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“haggis tower” (19 reviews)
“fish and chips” (29 reviews)
“burger” (33 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Been there for dinner. Sat upstairs , which is somehow isolated from the fuss (and fun ) of the downstairs area. However, the dishes were fine , the drinks too, the service somehow slow but ok. I would recommend it but it's best to be...More

Thank Smaro2005
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Check this place out on Sunday nights at 8pm for free trivia. But be forewarned...they only serve food during the day. So, plan ahead or you’ll be having a liquid dinner!

Thank Heather H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a nice beer and a good atmosphere in this quaint old Scottish pub. Worth a stop for a quick drink while on the Royal Mile.

Thank SmilerP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Haggis Tower is AMAZING! There was a ton of food included in this dish, and it was absolutely delicious. The restaurant had a nice location near lots of tourist attractions.

Thank Sara R
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Visited to watch England rugby game. Waitress was very accomodating, putting sound on for us as we were the only ones in the top half of bar. Good pub grub, massive burgers, nachos with chilli delicious. Well,worth a visit

Thank Frequentflyer037
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Literally the best burger we have ever had simply amazing!! Recommend the tolbooth burger Bacon, cheese, haggis and black pudding 100% delicious!! Excellent service and great food! Thank you.

Thank Sammy B
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Food was excellent. We have ordered haggis tower (layers of mash potatoes, haggis and mashed turnip) and fish and chips. Good sized portions and very tasty. They didn’t have kids menu, but chef made a smaller portion of fish and chips for our son. The...More

Thank Jarek L
Reviewed 10 February 2018

We wandered in out of the cold, blustery weather, and were delighted to soak up the warmth and friendly atmosphere of the Tolbooth Tavern. The barman was happy to answer our ''touristy'' questions about the ghostly activity in the pub, and is a lovely gentleman....More

Thank keepingitrealhonest
Reviewed 29 January 2018

The Tollbooth Tavern is situated near Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh's old town. The decor is what you would expect in this area. The bar staff are very friendly. Drinks are reasonably priced. There is a pub quiz every Sunday which is very enjoyable. Never tried...More

Thank BRobertson2015
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Had lunch here for the second time and have the same impression as the first. It is a very nice, cozy place to have a drink - attractive bar area in a lovely old building. But the food is average at best. The bangers and...More

Thank Michael W
Old Town
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
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Gary M
27 November 2016|
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Response from Graeme E | Property representative |
Hi We have a number of ghost or so i am told. Certainly have plenty of spirits :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 4500
  • E-mail
Est 1820 Edinburgh's second oldest pub rests in the building built in 1590 that was once used as a Police cell, prison and courthouse, it has seen the imprisonment of the covenanters, daring escapes, and warlocks exorcised Now a great pub, doing amazing Scottish food, from Haggis, (we breed our own) to traditional Fish and Chips. All can be washed down with some of the Caledonian Brewery's famous ales, or a fine wee dram of malt whisky.
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