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Guildford Arms

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Address: 1-5 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, Scotland
Phone Number: 01315564312

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Nice drink stop

We have been here before and we came back. It's a great traditional pub with some wonderful old architectural features. It serves a good selection of real ale, mostly Scottish. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Andrew H
Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been here before and we came back. It's a great traditional pub with some wonderful old architectural features. It serves a good selection of real ale, mostly Scottish. It has a great friendly atmosphere with restaurant upstairs but we didn't try it as it was fully booked. One of our favourite drinking holes.

Thank Andrew H
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in the city recently and just had to pop into our favourite pub. We last visited a few years ago and were pleased to see that it is just as good as ever. The choice and quality of the cask beers are both still very impressive and the atmosphere is great without TV and intrusive music. What... More 

Thank John L
Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is the first time I have visited this venue in over two years, it still retains it's original features and ambiance that makes it a quality pub offering a good selection of predominately Scottish real ales and quirky draught continental beers. However the pricing remains very much on the high side and not advisable if on a budget and... More 

Thank Dunc59traveller
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Great place, perfect location, busy pub but extremely quiet upstairs restaurant. I had the best burger of my life and Grace was a fantastic and adorable waitress. A plus, definitely.

Thank Antomai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Went to this restaurant as near our hotel. It was very busy both nights but did wait for table on second night. It's sort of "fend for yourself" as far as getting a table. Locals know the drill. We were lucky to get a table upstairs on the balcony. Nice ambience. Pretty casual. Food was straightforward and decent.

Thank santonez
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

If you happen to come across this pub on your travelles. You MUST have the rib-eye steak. OH MY GOD, I've had many steaks in my life and that is in the top 3. It was truly amazing. Only a small restaurant but it's very nice. You can have a really good laugh with Asten our waitress who is a... More 

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Hopeman, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Another lovely old fashioned pub just off Princess Street. The bar looks fantastic with a wonderfully ornate wooden surrounding and the ceiling is also a work of art. The pub has a large selection of real ales and whiskies. Being an Orcadian, I was delighted to see at least two Orkney beers, one of which I sampled. The staff were... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Only had drinks but such a beautiful pub inside, the decor and details on the ceiling are lovely. It still has that classic pub feeling to it which is nice as a lot of places seems to be losing their uniqueness but happy to see this is not the case at the Guildford. Great selection of tap beers too.

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High River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Went for late lunch twice. Great location just off Priness Street and North Bridge at Waterloo, north side of road. Great selection of beers and a place where lots of the local population goes to. A place where everybody knows your name.

Thank RCM1
Liberty, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Guildford Arms should be listed as a Pub as the restaurant section which is good is not the main reason people go in. They have a terrific selection of beers, single malt and blended whiskies. So, if you don't mind take my word for it, it is a pub first and a restaurant second.

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Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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