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West End
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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65 Lothian Road | Lothian, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
+44 131 228 8400
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice old Edinburgh pub Always thought it was rather touristy but its actually okay and it sells good beer too Always pretty busy with a broad mix of clientele

1 Thank lugs61
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Shakespeare's with my family and I had veggie fish and chips the food was very good and the staff were soo nice.I really enjoyed myself.

2 Thank posieroo2004
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pub we have frequented on and off for years. It offers a very good range of beers and spirits along with decent food at reasonable prices. Not haute cuisine but good for pub grub. Can be busy due to excellent location at peak times.

2 Thank TheDunsBuns
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday afternoon. Most seats were taken with people eating and drinking. The seating was comfortable enough. The service was a little slow but the staff friendly. A group of friends went for cocktails however there wasn't a large variety to choose from. It's an easy place to find but whilst the interior is bright it has... More 

Thank Audrey W
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Shakespeare is a large pub serving traditional pub food. Fish and chips came as an enourmous portion, but it was not the best I had. However, it was ok for a quick low cost dinner.

Thank Christian S
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was awful and way over priced. The atmosphere and location was great, so we went in for a bite to eat. The food was so bad that we could not eat it and left hungry. Don't be sucked in.... yuck.

Thank Barrett G
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124 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

...Drink! Great, rather large pub. Super friendly staff that are great to chat with. Fab selection of alcohol and its cozy inviting environment is perfect for meeting up with friends.

1 Thank Restless13Soul
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

£3 for a cup of coffee and £6.50 for a dry cheese sandwich and luke warm chips. Poor quality and over priced. The only positive thing I can say is that it was a relatively clean establishment.

Thank Lauren S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We found the Shakespeare a friendly place. The staff were very friendly too and attentive without being obtrusive. The food we ordered was very nice and excellent value for public grub.

Thank Howard M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Visited here a few times , great pies and burgers plus a good selection of beers, unfortunately no Deuchars UPS

Thank hibee7

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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, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Lothian Road | Lothian, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 8400

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West End

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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