Tolbooth Tavern

167 Canongate, EH8 8BN

Old Town, Edinburgh

Cuisine: British, Traditional, Bar Food

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About Tolbooth Tavern

Traditional Scottish pub on Royal Mile

Housed in a former toll collection point, prison and court that originally date back to 1591, the Tolbooth Tavern is a cosy and traditional Scottish pub. The small exterior gives way to a spacious bar and mezzanine dining area. The Royal Mile location attracts many visitors as well as a regular clientele of locals. A weekly pub quiz, karaoke nights, real ales, malt whiskies and traditional bar food keep everyone smiling. Keep an eye out for the resident ghost.

Classic Scottish bar food

From the Tolbooth haggis tower to the Royal Stag venison burger, the menu at the Tolbooth Tavern flies the Saltire with pride. Even the salad selection features a Balmoral chicken salad with haggis-stuffed chicken breast. The steak and ale pie is made with Aberdeen Angus beef and cooked in local ale while the fish and chips is, of course, made with local haddock. Ice cream, sticky toffee pudding and lighter meringue nests bring everything to a sweet conclusion.

It is all simple, hearty bar food which is keenly priced and more than capable of sustaining diners through a long day on the tourist trail or an evening spent exploring the malt whisky collection.

Canongate attractions and transport links

Tolbooth Tavern is on the Canongate towards the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. There is limited on-street parking and pay parking at New Street. Waverley train station and the tram line are a brisk ten minute walk. Local attractions include the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Scottish Parliament Building.

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