Abbotsford

Busy city pub with period features, changing real ales, and bar and restaurant food

The good pub guide review

The atmosphere of this handsome bar in the centre of Edinburgh is invitingly lively. It's a classic of Edwardian pub design: long wooden tables and leatherette benches run the length of the dark wood-panelled walls, while high above is a rather handsome red and gold plaster-moulded ceiling. The hefty Victorian island bar is ornately carved from dark Spanish mahogany and highly polished; you'll find a find choice of drinks here, including six beers (five traditional founts, one handpull) such as Harviestoun Schiehallion, Mòr Calm & Wise and Stewarts 80/-, plus a selection of bottled US craft beers and around 80 malt whiskies. The smarter upstairs restaurant is impressive too. Little changes here, which is just how the wide mix of local customers like it.

The good pub guide food review

Hearty food at good prices from snacks up includes beer-battered tiger prawns, nachos, smoked salmon with crème fraîche, haggis, neeps and tatties (vegetarian haggis too), sirloin steak, gammon steak with eggs and chips, Scottish beef burger with toppings, slow-cooked steak and ale pie with seasonal vegetables, roasted Mediterranean vegetable risotto with herb oil, and puddings such as Scottish cheeses with onion chutney and fruit.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Abbotsford, 3-5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2PR

(0131) 225 5276

Pub Group: Stewart

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11 Mon-Thurs; 11am-midnight Fri,

Saturday: 11am-midnight

Sunday: 11-11