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The Cafe Royal Bar, Edinburgh

19 West Register Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2AA
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Cafe Royal Bar

A remarkable Victorian interior, somewhat reminiscent of a Parisian 'salon de thé'. A fine moulded ceiling all around the island bar, but perhaps best known for the six tiled portraits by John Eyre dating from 1886. Also has more three more murals plus eight stained-glass windows showing Victorian sportsmen in the smaller Oyster Bar dining room off to one side. Incredibly, it was sold in the late 1960s to be knocked down to extend the Woolworths store, but the city planners thankfully saw sense and the building was listed shortly afterwards. Each side of the bar has a bank of four handpumps, with a better selection of real ale than on my previous visit some ten years ago: Pentland IPA and Radical Road Reverse from Stewart Brewing, Strathaven's IPA and Old Mortality, and Wood's Ebony oatmeal stout from further afield. A 'must' for beer-loving visitors to Edinburgh.

On 30th December 2021 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Cafe Royal Bar

A good sized bar and restaurant tucked a little out the way but nonetheless only a very short stroll from the main Princes Street thoroughfare, it is quite elegant in style and clearly has an upmarket focus with various notices promoting champagne, lobsters and oysters.

Internally, the main part of the pub is one large, open plan room with a central island bar counter. There is a further “Oyster Bar” off to one side which I assume was more of a restaurant. This was separated from the main part of the pub with some elaborate carved wood partitioning, etched mirrors and stained glass. The flooring was some sort of marble style tiling and there was a high ceiling with elaborate cornice work and gold paint. Large windows on two sides were draped with dark curtains and let in plenty of light. Seating at the front of the pub was curved booths with brown padded cushions whilst there were high stools around the bar counter and at the rear. A number of large tiled drawings of scientific discoveries such as Michael Faraday’s work on electro-magnetism were an unusual and interesting feature along the rear wall. Pineapples seem to be something of a theme here and appeared in various places, including lamp shades on the bar counter and in the windows.

Beers on tap were Wild Side IPA, Greene King IPA, Stewart’s 80/-, Murray’s Pale Ale, Stewart’s Radical Road Reverse and Stewart’s Pentland IPA. Ciders though were slightly disappointing with just Aspall’s Suffolk and Old Mout Cherry & Berry. Whilst not a pub in the traditional sense, I thought this was a worthwhile pit stop, and it certainly worth a look for the architecture alone.

On 5th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Cafe Royal Bar

Destination pub if you are in Edinburgh. Just over the road from Waverley Station.

Absolutely beautiful inside - central bar - high seats all around which can make bar access tricky. Tiled murals to one side - booth seating to the other. Partitioned Oyster Bar at the end. The bar menu includes a whole lobster for £45. That gives you a clue.

Always get a decent Local Scottish Beer here - last time, It was Broughtons Pale Ale.

On 12th January 2018 - rating: 10
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Edinburgh, 0.16 miles, 3 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.31 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Slateford, 3.01 miles, 58 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Child Friendly : Yes - restaurant only - last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Pinball : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No - No disabled WCs. - last updated 14 July 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
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