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Tolbooth Tavern

$$ - $$$, British,
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
+44 131 629 4500
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“haggis tower” (18 reviews)
“fish and chips” (28 reviews)
“pie” (18 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 348 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Typical pub and good quantities but I have had better meals in the past. The taste wasn’t there to be honest.

Thank Coralie B
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Called in here for a drink, the lovely young waitress asked If we where wanting food, we quickly decided yes we would have something to eat and gotshown the dining area. We got given the menus and quickly chose our meal. Ordering a beefburger and...More

Thank Sophie B
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Fantastic meal in one of the most historic buildings in Edinburgh. Huge tasty fish and chips, and the Macaroni Cheese was simply superb, decent sized portions. Service was spot on and the prices were very reasonable.

Thank Scotty102
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Excellent evening meal in a convenient location down the Royal Mile. They serve great salads and amazing burgers along with the standard pub fare. We had great service from Leanne in particular and also Mairi.

1  Thank Alan J
Reviewed 23 December 2017

I enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. My boyfriend and I went in for dinner and drinks and the food was good and the drinks were good. We ordered the haggis and black pudding burger (can't remember what it's called) and the steak and ale...More

Thank karinacastle06
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
26 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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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