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The Kenilworth, Edinburgh

154 Rose Street
Phone: 01312261773

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Brainy Pool left this review about The Kenilworth

chainy feeling pub with a nice heritage Victorian island bar and ‘Tartan snug’ which feels like a dowdy restaurant. Popular with American tourists ordering fish and chips. Dull, very dull, which is exactly what a pub is never supposed to be. But my pint from Stewarts was okay and staff were friendly.

On 5th December 2019 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The Kenilworth

Nicholson's pub with an old style interior that includes an ornate ceiling and patterned tiles on the walls. The wooden central island bar serves 6 real ales and food. One of the better pubs if doing the rose street pub crawl.

On 4th August 2018 - no rating submitted
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Ian Mapp left this review about Kenilworth

Been here before but it took the CAMRA Pub Walk in Edinburgh to really point out its beauty.

Look to the ceiling. Look to the tiling. Look to the central Island Bar.

A 1st Timothy Taylor Mild consumed in one of the nicer pubs in Rose Street.

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On 25th May 2017 - rating: 8
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Old Boots left this review about Kenilworth

One of many Nicholson's pubs in Edinburgh, this one has a wealth of original features, the magnificent ceiling, as with many Edinburgh pubs, some stained glass and the stunning tile work covering the lower 3/4 of the walls all round except the front which has new windows. Five old style Scottish handpulls plus one very English looking one. The beer was well kept but the choice a little poor. Two from Deuchars, the Nicholson's house beer from St Austell, a Thornbridge christmas beer ( in late January) and Adnams Longboat, a collaboration brew. I had the Longboat which was not that pleasant but then again the barman might have pulled the Thornbridge by mistake as it was a bit spicy and not in a good way. Worth a visit for the decor but....

On 1st February 2017 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Kenilworth

A Nicholsons pub with a splendid historic interior with numerous features of interest around the highly impressive island bar. Tiled walls, moulded ceiling, stained glass upper windows, small screens by both front doors, etc. There is also a much smaller (and less interesting) dining room at the back. Six real ales on offer, with Caledonian Double Dark (£3.25) being the pick of the bunch. Overall, something of a 'must visit' but my rating from this visit is lower than it would otherwise have been due to a very short-measure pint and a distinct lack of enthusiasm from the barman when I asked him to to it up.

On 29th January 2012 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about Kenilworth

Another of my unreviewed (until now) regular haunts in Edinburgh. Perfectly described by Roger below, it has a fine example of a Scottish traditional island bar. There's usually several well kept ales on the bar and the food is pretty good considering it's part of the Nicholsons chain. It can get absolutely packed in tourist season, but it's a great place to visit January - March before the hordes of American & Japanese tourists descend on the city. It's a very good pub.

On 26th January 2012 - rating: 8
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Roger Button left this review about Kenilworth

Named after a Walter Scott novel, this Nicholsons pub was originally built as a private residence in the late 18th Century and converted to a pub in 1904. Much of the single room interior has remained unchanged since then although there has been some necessary restoration done. The pub is listed on the CAMRA Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

The interior is one large single room with a huge island bar that does seem a bit disproportionate and much of the seating is squeezed to the edges creating a few bottlenecks when busy. A couple of small snugs and divides around the bar were apparently 1960’s additions. The textured tiling and ornate ceilings are original and particularly noteworthy. Brewery / distillery mirrors are the centerpieces of the décor and a large personalized mirror looms high on the rear wall. A separate small room at the rear labeled the Scott Room was also added in the 60’s and is easily missed unless you visit the loos.

As you would expect with Nicholsons, there is a decent selection of ales with 5 across the 8 pumps; Harviestoun American IPA, Vale Black Beauty, Copper Dragon Golden Pippa, Caledonian Deuchars and Brains Rev James although the Brains had a reversed clip. Service was quite welcoming although my pint needed a top up which was done with no quibbles. The general ambience was very civilized and the piped background music wasn’t a distraction.

Unless it is busy (which I have no doubt it can get) it is a decent stop for a couple of beers and I would certainly recommend it to anyone trying to whittle down the areas numerous taverns to a more realistic and select few.

On 14th December 2011 - rating: 7
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david turnbull left this review about Kenilworth

excellent ales.great of the better pubs on rose street.a must to call in.

On 8th August 2010 - rating: 8
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Clive Thompson left this review about Kenilworth

A fairly unremarkable exterior is followed by a really impressive interior. It is a small square room, with an equally square bar in the middle that seems to almost reach the high decorative ceiling (a bit like the ornate ceiling at the Abbotsford). The downside to the large central bar is that it doesn't leave much room for customers to move around during busy periods. There are wonderful high stained glass windows and a large Drybrough Pale Ale brewery mirror dominates one wall. Much of the walls are decorated with small colourful tiles that add a bit of a Moroccan feel. There is a good range of both draught and bottled beers available and a small eating area out the back.

On 24th May 2009 - rating: 8
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