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Greyfriars Bobby Bar

#256 of 1,821 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Old Town
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
+44 131 225 8328
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Today
11:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a lovely place to stop and have lunch. The food was very well made, with a lot of traditional Scottish Dishes on the menu and it was at reasonable value too. Definitly worth stopping for your lunch, but its not a big place and some people started to queue as we were eating.

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Thank Jamie H
Dollar
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116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited many years ago as a student, so went back for a visit. Service was ok, food was eventually ok. Fish that was initially served was not cooked under the batter. Once pointed out they cooked a new fish which was perfect. Seems a popular place with the tourists.

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1 Thank Hoggan67
Honolulu, Hawaii
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is very good in this place, it is so good, that my family and I ate twice there in one week while visiting Edinburgh. Why the average rating you ask? Well, the service is terrible, or deplorable whichever is worst. The server took our order and we had to ask him for the drinks over and over. the... More 

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Thank gusano1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came in just got drinks. Amazing atmosphere and a nice, cozy interior. Quite a good place to go to after a long walk exploring the city.

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Thank Ilona I
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Various dog friendly search sites will show this as a dog friendly pub. Hence we planned our day to have a late lunch there......Wrong, no longer dog friendly. Initial excuse was due to hygiene. Sorry, that's not a reason! Ask the thousands of other dog friendly cafes and pubs who ALL sell food. Before using this excuse, learn what the... More 

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1 Thank Mark M
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I visited this pub while on holiday for an evening meal and we were delighted with what we found....... comfortable surroundings, gorgeous food which was reasonably priced and the most pleasant staff. Well done all at Greyfriars Bobby's pub.

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Thank Joyce B
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth popping in here for a pint and some lunch. Nice friendly pub with pleasant interior decor. Bar and dining area. We did not eat here as we only came in for drinks but food looked good and there quite a few people eating at lunchtime. Good choice of beers, wines and spirits at good prices. Right opposite the Greyfriars... More 

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Thank abv1981
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Severely disappointed - the mac n cheese I had was the best I've had but the service was non existent and the cheese and pickle sandwich my boyfriend had was so sad looking you'd get better from Boots or Tesco. It was also very odd tasting pickle.

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Thank Shivvi89
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The name of the pub gives away where it is. It's quite a small pub so if it's busy you may not get a seat (but on a nice day the best seats are ourside). The pub does food etc but I think this place is really for more of a pit stop then a longer stay unless eating. If... More 

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Thank Scott G
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 496 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because it was jammed to the rafters with people, that's a good thing, sign of a good place to eat, we didn't though, we went on up the road to another place that was quieter, I wouldn't put this place down, and will be back here again when it is quieter, and have a taste of what every one is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30-34 Candlemaker Row | EH1 2QE, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 8328
Description
You will find Greyfriars Bobby's Bar in Candlemaker Row Edinburgh within a short stroll of Chambers Street, Grassmarket and George IV Bridge - 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.Greyfriars Bobby's Bar 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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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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