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The Holyrood 9A

#136 of 1,830 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Southside & Holyrood
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Edinburgh, EH8 8AE 9A Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8FQ, Scotland
+44 131 556 5044
09:00 - 00:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Used to come here years ago when it was the Holyrood Tavern and although my nostalgic rose tinted memory goggles kept me harking back to when I drank here as a student it's clear the new owners have something more than just a student bar in mind. The very cool taps to the rear of the bar displaying lots of... More 

Thank Gavin H
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Decent burgers and a good selection of drinks (20 beers on tap and a good selection of spirits and cocktails too). It was busy when we visited so about a 30 minute wait for food but that wasn't a problem. Excellent quality, i particularly enjoyed my Haggis burger and would go back.

Thank jamesk7901
Preston, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Holyrood 9A was our choice for our first night in Edinburgh. Just round the corner from our hotel we were interested to see how busy it was on a Wednesday night and indeed it seemed to be just as busy every other night. It's obviously well thought of by visitors and locals alike. We were delighted that we could... More 

Thank KatyCutprice
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered a veggie burger and was given the choice of 3 and chose the mushroom burger. Holyrood 9A advertises themselves as being ' vegetarian friendly ' at the price of £10.25 I thought it would be good. The ' burger ' turned out to be a mushroom sandwhich it was a bun with 3 slices of mushroom , 1... More 

Thank Sammpp1905
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a nice pint but within first few minutes both pints lost their heads as beer connoisseurs we love good beers therefore we weren't pleased. We both went to the bar to ask for a topup of our heads and it disappeared within next few seconds. The staff seeing us unhappy shoud have asked us if we wanted... More 

Thank Malwinchen
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I stopped in before a morning hike for breakfast. We originally chose this pub because of the great selection of ale and the fact they were dog friendly. We ordered two 'Holyrood Breakfasts' which were phenomenal. Good size and everything was delicious and cooked to perfection; we even got a little plate of bacon treats for the... More 

1 Thank Frankie P
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely veggie breakfast here, great for brunch and lovely coffee. Interior is cosy (if a little dark) and handy location for students and tourists alike.

Thank Abbey J
Penicuik, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here last week after a long walk through the city being very thirsty. Staff was very friendly and we soon found a table in the bar area. Very dog friendly place, too. A bowl of water and even treats (!!) were offered. Because we liked it went on to have a light lunch in the restaurant area, which... More 

Thank Peabrain2013
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

very nice restaurant with its own scottish character. Food was excellent, there is quite a good selection of various food, but definetely go for a burger ! Only thing is that waitress was not very smily and we felt like she was in a rush (even tho it was not rush hour). Forgot to bring water glasses as requested and... More 

Thank Karine T
London, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The evening of the Rugby Match the restaurants were all full and after been turned away from a dozen we were welcomed into this pub. And I mean welcomed!! The Burghers wre incredibly big and the meat fresh and cooked precisely. The beer was excellent abd the price accessible. Their Merlot was also quite good.

Thank Martino56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Grill, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Edinburgh, EH8 8AE 9A Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8FQ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighbourhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 5044
In Edinburgh's old town, just off the Royal Mile, you'll find new The Holyrood 9A. A place to bring friends and discover a local bar restaurant to call your own in the heart of the city. The gleaming pumps offer 20 beer and ale varieties from Scotland and around the world. There's wines and spirits in any which way and a classic cocktail list for your well deserved post-work tipple.The Holyrood's all day menu includes mouth-watering 'two-handers' - an eclectic array of delicious gourmet burgers, with plenty more large and small dishes including options for our vegetarian pals. Ask us about reserving a bar corner or a whole room for your own event. Stay all afternoon or night and spoil yourself. As Alexander Pope said, 'a little beer is a dangerous thing...'

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighbourhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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