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Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh

435 Lawnmarket
Edinburgh
EH1 2NT
Phone: 01312256531
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Deacon Brodies Tavern

This is a Nicholson’s pub on a prominent street corner spot on the Royal Mile just a short stroll downhill from the castle. A plaque on the outside wall details a short history of the deacon’s life from which the pub takes it’s name.

Internally, the main part of the pub is a single, open plan room although a sign indicated that there was a further dining area upstairs. The high ceiling was quite ornate, being elaborately carved and colourfully painted with rose and thistle motifs. Dark wood strip was on the floor and dark wood panelling on much of the walls, although the right hand was covered in very large drawings showing further images of the deacon’s activities. Wooden benches with red padded cushions ran around much of the perimeter, whilst high tables and stools were down the middle of the pub. Service at the bar seemed quick and efficient even though the pub was very busy, and a TV at the rear was showing a news channel, although the volume was off so this was not too intrusive.

The menu offered a decent looking selection of “pub grub” dishes, but we were just after a bit of a snack and so went for a sharing platter of nachos topped with guacamole, salsa, chilli slices and melted cheese. It was ok, but it could definitely have done with more toppings as by the time you’d got through the top layer you were just left with plain nachos. For £9, it seemed rather expensive.

There was a good choice of eight beers on tap, and these included Nicholson’s Pale Ale and Dark Star Partridge as well as Cross the Line, 80/- and Jack Back from Stewart’s. Regrettably I neglected to note the other three. The solitary cider meanwhile was Mortimer’s Orchard, which whilst not generally one of my favourites, seemed to go down very well.

On 5th April 2019 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about Deacon Brodies Tavern

Famous tourist pub on the Royal Mile run by Nicholsons. A square room downstairs with a dining room upstairs. Bench seating all round the edge at normal tables with chairs, there's a posing table in the middle of the room. The counter is off to the left and has seven pulls of the kind of range found in Nicholsons pubs throughout the city. Decorated down one wall with scenes from the life of Deacon Brodie, the noted corrupt councillor burglar, and possibly an inspiration for R L Stevenson's Jekyll & Hyde. The ceiling is a very loyal unionist one with Scottish thistles and a few English roses.

On 1st February 2017 - no rating submitted
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Quinno _ left this review about Deacon Brodies Tavern

Another Nicholson outlet in a city that seems to boast more of them per square mile than London. Another Edinburgh pub named after a local character (look him up, he’s quite a wag). It’s a long single bar with intricate rose and thistle ceiling and impressive dark wood and mirrored bar back. The large C18th-style wall decals are of interest. Seven pumps at the bar with a decent selection; Hop Back Winter Lightning (very good nick), Stewart's 80/-, Deuchars IPA, Trumans Yule Star (very good) and Roosters Fort Smith (though on a busy Friday all pumps should have been on?) Loud music blarting out pretty incongruous with the surroundings. There’s a fair bit of character here so it’s worth popping in for a swift one – the quality of the ale was a happy bonus. Things aren’t as bad here now as some previous reviewers found.

On 25th January 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by hondo .
Edinburgh, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.23 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.94 miles, 56 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh
5th Apr 2019, 08:49
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _
 
5th Apr 2019, 08:49
Review submitted by Blackthorn _

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - No longer listed on Whatpub - last updated 10 December 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes - restaurant only - last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No 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 _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • 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 _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 17 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 January 2016 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - Midnight
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
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