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Ensign Ewart, Edinburgh

523 Lawnmarket
Phone: 01312257440

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Punch Taverns

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Ensign Ewart

A reasonably small and traditional looking pub at the top end of the Royal Mile just down from the castle, we found it pretty much full to capacity on our recent Saturday evening visit, which was perhaps on account of the live music that they host every night from 9:00pm, although on this occasion it consisted only of a few fiddlers sat around one of the tables in the front bar.

Internally it’s divided in to two rooms, both of which are quite cosy. Seating was limited in both of the bars, and a large barrel was provided in the front one for vertical drinking. There were plenty of black beams on the ceiling as well as some inlaid timberwork in the walls, and rough white plasterwork elsewhere. A stone archway led to the rear bar with an illuminated stained glass picture of the ensign set in to the wall and making something of a feature. The rear bar was actually an L-shape, but the end of the “L” was so narrow as to only have enough room for one table to be squeezed in. A large stone fireplace with a selection of old whisky bottles on the mantelpiece was in here, although unfortunately all it contained was a very tacky looking electric wood burning stove. A few old brewery mirrors were dotted around the walls, including Guinness and Scot’s Grey.

Beers on tap were Edinburgh Gold, Broughton Old Jock and Top Out Staple, whilst a fourth pump for Broughton Dark Dunter had apparently run out. The solitary cider meanwhile was Addlestones and there was also an extensive selection of Scottish gins if that’s more your thing, with a menu listing all the available options. All in all, I thought this was a decent little pub, and would happily pop in again if in the area.

On 5th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about Ensign Ewart

Tarted up on the outside but still the same on the inside, complete with the huge painting of the battle of waterloo.

Full of tourists ordering from the whisky menu. I should of joined them - my pint (Edinburgh Gold, sampled in great condition over the road) was ghastly.

Still, had live music and a decent atmosphere. Would come again.

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On 13th July 2017 - rating: 3
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hondo . left this review about Ensign Ewart

Located on the royal mile a characterful pub named after Charles Ewart who captured the French Imperial Eagle(colours) at the battle of Waterloo. The colours can be seen in Edinburgh castle just up the road and Charles Ewart is buried on Edinburgh castle esplanade. 4 real ale taps 3 on during my visit and food served.

On 15th March 2013 - no rating submitted
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E TA left this review about Ensign Ewart

A very cosy 2-roomed pub on the Royal Mile, the nearest to the Castle. It's atmospheric and historic, has a low-beamed ceiling with horse brass decorations and lots of references to Waterloo (the battle, not the station). The connection is that the officer after whom the pub is named was a hero of that battle, and there are also lots of references to his Regiment, the Scots Greys, whose descendent Regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has its Regimental HQ in the Castle. The reception was friendly and it was surprisingly devoid of tourists. There were 4 pumps on the bar, only 3 of which were on. I had a pint of Caledonian 80/- which wasn't the best ever but was quite drinkable. Worth a quick drink when visiting the Royal Mile and a good place to start a crawl.

On 9th August 2011 - rating: 6
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