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Villager

#545 of 1,823 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Old Town
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
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49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ, Scotland
+44 131 226 2781
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12:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank Craig H
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Thank Mattew_Fox95
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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

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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 

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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 

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Thank AmandaCrosbie
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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43 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

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Thank GraemeMcEwan
London
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221 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
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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!

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Thank Holzfrog
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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324 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Been going here for years and thought it was about time I told everyone about it! Great atmosphere, friendly staff and usually great music and DJ's. Whats not to like, get yourself along and have fun")

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Thank Scottieboyuk
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I don't know if they bartender are racist or just do not know how to serve people. I was at the bar for exactly 20 minutes before I got served. The bartenders rather serve the customers that came to the bar after me. A customer after me have to tell the bartender are they going to serve me because they... More 

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Thank Bee A
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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699 reviews
496 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Three of us were turned away from the Outsider because we had not booked and they were "full". That brought us to the Villager and am so pleased that happened. A very warm welcome, drinks order taken and prompt service all around. Two of us had the pork belly with black pudding which was fantastic. The meat was so tender... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 01:00
Monday
12:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 01:00
Thursday
12:00 - 01:00
Friday
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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