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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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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To start you have to order your food at the bar, but nobody tells you. So after quit a wait a waitress told us. Then when we ordered, the selected wines on the menu were not available (they weren't out of stock, they never have them!). The food was served at the table without much waiting. My husband had fish&chips,... More 

Thank Tamara S
Atlanta, Georgia
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316 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I arrived in the city late in the afternoon and stumbled across Shakespeare Tavern while walking around exploring. It’s a traditional looking pub but very spacious and serves typical pub food. Service wasn’t that prompt or attentive, seemingly split between the bartender and waitress. I ordered an ale and the Fish ‘N Chips. It was a large portion that was... More 

Thank William T
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Only one vegan option for a main course and it's salad. Considering Edinburgh is the most vegan-friendly city in the UK this is pretty poor, and the number of vegans is growing all the time. Otherwise a pleasant visit.

Thank jemimahanderson
dallas, tx
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165 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Fun pub, lively scene, great beer on tap and lots of great pub food offerings. Games on the TV and very busy bar make this a fun place!

Thank grazipat
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A great, traditional pub in an excellent location in Edinburgh's town centre. Very nice decor of both Scotland and Edinburgh images. Nice atmosphere.

1 Thank XXV25
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I arranged to meet friends before a film on a Sunday night , it was very quiet and from outside the kitchen it looked as though there were 2 staff on so my boyfriend an I ordered some food thinking it would arrive in plenty of time for the film -chicken wings for him , a bun-less chicken burger for... More 

Thank missmodus
Paris, France
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561 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Even though this is just a basic pub, I must said that food and service are not particularly good. If you have to go here for some reason just don't go there with too many expectations.

Thank Carlos T
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Thinking of a quick bite before going to a show or a classical concert, then you could do worse than go to the Shakepeare. Good nosh, real ale, and friendly staff, make for a great night.

1 Thank Jack7_13
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The bar was nice enough, but the portion sizes for food were laughable. Drink prices were exactly what you would expect for the location. Server was lovely, hence the 3 stars.

Thank Laura S
Bern, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went there the other day with my friends and the waitress was unpleasant, impolite and all around very unfriendly. You had to go and order from the bar, which was inconvenient as we were a group of people. However, the food was good. I would not go back.

Thank nikkitheaussie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 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
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, 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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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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