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The Conan Doyle

#252 of 1,829 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Broughton & Calton
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71-73 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JD, Scotland
+44 131 557 9539
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fairly typical pub which can get busy. Has a limited restaurant area which is obviously popular and sometimes heavily booked. I had a venison and wine pie and my wife had a chicken and chorizo pie. She said it didn't taste much of Chorizo but she enjoyed it anyway, and I enjoyed mine. We had starters, I can't remember... More 

Thank skimad57
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A traditional pub in a great location. Get a seat in one of the windows and watch the world go by as you enjoy good food and drink.

Thank David B
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114 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Picked this place as it was close to the hotel I was staying at. The pub is nice with a bar area but also comfortable chairs and tables in another part of the pub. The haggis I ordered was good and served quickly. Seemed like there were lots of reserved tables, so may be wise to reserve on busy nights.

Thank PacoO
Taby, Sweden
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160 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you go to or leave Edinburgh Playhouse theater, Conan Doyle (could be a water hole, ocu can also take the tram just outside. Here you can find some seasonal dishes and also classic pub food.

Thank Anders386
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Conan Doyle a few months ago in February and the food was excellent. I had the chicken stuffed with haggis and my partner had the steak. The food is excellent all freshly prepared and served by lovely staff who were very friendly. This is obviously a popular pub to eat in as we have tried to book... More 

Thank Lesley M
Hamburg, Germany
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the pub because or looked very nice from the outside and that was also true from inside. The food was great, the service excellent (also it was very busy).

Thank Oliver2707
Whangarei, New Zealand
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69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a very bumpy flight into Edinburgh I needed a place to calm the nerves! The Conan Doyle was right be the tram stop by York St. Delightful cosy pub with great furnishings. The staff were friendly, food was delicious and beer definitely calmed me down! Would recommend!

Thank HPH88
General Manager A, Manager at The Conan Doyle, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our lovely pub - we're glad you liked it as much as we did and hope you visit again the next time you are in Edinburgh! More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This traditional pub turned out to be a good lunch venue, despite its having ended up on the edge of a major city intersection. The menu was comprehensive and the specialist pies to be recommended. The prices were reasonable. The service was a little patchy, as we had to go in search of the lone waitress on two occasions, but... More 

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General Manager A, Manager at The Conan Doyle, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our pub and we are glad that you enjoyed yourself! We do try to serve everyone we can however you are always welcome to grab our attention behind the bar if we are a bit busy elsewhere. Hopefully we can welcome you back again soon. More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our recent trip to Edinburgh, one of the main place I HAD to visit was this pub. Located near the birthplace of Sir Arthur, across the street from a statue of Holmes, AND beer--it's the culmination of a lifelong dream. Beautiful atmosphere--decorated like 221B--and charming people. Go when you're in Edinburgh....or you'll be sorry forever!

Thank Gail M
General Manager A, Manager at The Conan Doyle, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our pub - we are glad you enjoyed your visit and liked our Sherlock references. We have one guest who regularly comes in with a Sherlock hat, pipe and sits and reads Conan Doyle novels - that really completes the look! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Edinburgh... More 

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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All the usual favourites are here plus some unusual additions, lamb stew for example. Very good selection of beers and ciders. Well decorated. Avoid during big football games unless you are a fan.

Thank alstrath
General Manager A, Manager at The Conan Doyle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we hope to be able to welcome you back again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 12
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71-73 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 9539
You will find The Conan Doyle in Edinburgh within a short stroll of Picardy Place, Cathedral Lane and Queens Street - however you won't find another like it.Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.The Conan Doyle is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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Staying in Broughton & Calton

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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