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#514 of 1,832 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
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49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ, Scotland
+44 131 226 2781
12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took 3 generations of family to celebrate a birthday. Excellent service, good food and good value for money. Lots of choice, enjoyed the platter, between the 7 of us we tried 6 different main meals and not one complaint, I had the venison - good. The place was busy but service was excellent. Well worth a visit a real gem... More 

Thank Les H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in for a couple of beers and veggie burgers. The beers were good, the food is decent pub grub, the service was great - very attentive indeed and the overall price was very reasonable. It's not fine dining but I would definitely return.

Thank spagirlsontour
south yorks
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is opposite the Elephant Cafe and in my oppinion the better choice for lunch ate at both. our meals were fish and chips crushed pease and tartare sauce , meat balls and chickpeas with garlic bread from the specials board, and the fritata from the small meals section with a pot of tea to warm us up because it... More 

Thank louSouthYorks
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Ignored at the bar for a good 20 minutes!! Bar was not busy , staff more interested in gibbering pish amongst themselves...

Thank Craig H
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is very comfortable and clean with vintage furnishings. Food was delicious but portions were ridiculous, I ordered the medium one and when I got out from there I still felt hungry. If you go there order the large one and I hope it will be fine.

Thank Mattew_Fox95
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This place has amazing vintage vibes going on. The food is offered at incredibly affordable prices considering the quality and location. The veggie burger came with an amazing in house pesto and the burger buns were just stunning. To top it off the actual burger was the best I've ever had. No doubt

Thank Richard Q
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We found this little gem by 'chance' on New Year's Eve X wow !! What a great choice it was X the food was amazing and the service even better ! We was made to feel so important and the guy looking after us was so attentive !! Service was mega fast and the atmosphere was great X. If you... More 

Thank Kerry-Anne K
Midlothian, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is a lovely place which was recommended to me by a friend. I have driven past this many times and never noticed it before which is such a shame. The service was fantastic and the food was even better. The Venison Steak was cooked to perfection and such good value. The cocktails were also lovely. Highly recommend this place.... More 

Thank AmandaCrosbie
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Nice and relaxing place to eat the beautiful food that is served here. Had the cassoulet for lunch on a cold saturday afternoon and it was delicious. My pals went for the fish and they loved it. Decent prices in a really handy central location. Good choice of drinks too

Thank GraemeMcEwan
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265 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We came here for dinner having found that it offered a tastecard discount and seeing the great reviews and it was amazing. Cool place, good atmosphere, nice staff and fab food. Even without the tastecard it would have been great value but with it was just incredible. We had a delicious beak and nice drinks and would definitely come back!

Thank Holzfrog

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 2781
The Villager has been recommended several times on the Ediburgh forum it is a great place for food and drinks. I did visit it during my last visit to Edinburgh and really want to add my review.

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Staying in Old Town

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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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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