Busy and friendly with spectacular Victorian décor, a marvellous range of real ales and good food
The good pub guide review
This is an easy-going, much loved bar with splendid Victorian décor (it was built in 1896) and a snug upstairs gallery restaurant with contrasting modern décor that gives a fine dress-circle view of the main bar below. It's opulently excessive, with ornate painted plasterwork on the lofty ceiling, dark mahogany fittings, heavy swagged velvet curtains and a busy patterned carpet. Tables and stools are lined up along towering arched windows opposite the bar, where knowledgeable, efficient staff serve ten well kept quickly changing beers such as Fyne Ales Jarl, Gun Project Babylon Pale Ale, Orkney Dark Island, Stewart Pentland IPA and Swannay Orkney IPA plus craft and continental beers. Also, several wines by the glass, 50 malt whiskies, a dozen rums and a dozen gins; TV and background music.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty food at good prices includes lunchtime ciabattas and bar snacks such as spicy chicken wings, whitebait and beef chilli nachos plus soup of the day, pâté of the day, mushroom, spinach, brie and hazelnut wellington, sausages of the day with mash and onion gravy, steak and ale pie, haggis, neeps and tatties, Scottish beef burger with chips and coleslaw, and puddings.
Guildford Arms, 1-5 West Register Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2AA
(0131) 556 4312
Pub Group: Stewart
Weekdays: 11-11 Thurs, Fri