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The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

5 West Register Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2AA
Phone: 01315564312
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peter ashworth left this review about The Guildford Arms

Cannot add much to Blackthorn's detailed description only that this late Victorian pub was elaborately designed and established in 1896 at the height of the Temperance movement and has been operated by the Stewart family ever since.All the features are stunning but i was impressed by the revolving door,the ornate plastering and the upstairs gallery.
There were 10 cask beers on the go all functioning and plumped for the Orkney Dark Island which was spot on. If you have never visited the pub and are close to Waverley station with time on your hands this is the place for you. You wont be disappointed.

On 19th September 2019 - rating: 9
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Guildford Arms

An unusual wedge shaped building in a slightly unpromising location perhaps, but nonetheless just a very short stroll from Princes Street, it consists of a single room downstairs in a sort of a V-shape wrapped around the bar counter along with a smaller mezzanine level floor upstairs.

Décor wise it’s quite impressive, with a very high and ornate ceiling with elaborate cornice work and much red and gold paintwork. Large arched and etched glass windows are on both sides with dark wood panelling on the walling in between. A wooden porch with revolving door was inset in to the pub, with only the TV perched on top showing a continual loop of drinks adverts spoilt the effect somewhat. Flooring was red patterned carpet and leather bench seating was around much of the perimeter. Despite the open plan nature of the pub, the unusual shape provided a number of cosy recesses. The upstairs area was clearly more of a restaurant and this was quite different in style with a contemporary appearance including a sanded wood floor and quite jazzy wallpaper. Service at the bar was fast and efficient.

The menu offered a decent selection of dishes including pub grub staples such as fish & chips and a burger. I went for the chicken stuffed with haggis, wrapped in smoked bacon and served in a peppercorn sauce, and this was a decent enough dish, although also one of the more expensive options at £15.95.

Beers on tap were Edinburgh Gold, Tenby Black Flag, Cromarty Hit The Lip, Thornbridge Tapit, Orkney IPA, Fyne Ales Jarl, Radical Road Reverse, Orkney Dark Island, Pentland IPA and Bombardier. After that lot, cider choice was a little disappointing with only Stowford Press.

On 30th November 2018 - rating: 8
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Guildford Arms

Can't think of any other pubs with a revolving door!

Used to thing it was slightly more down at heel to the Cafe Royal Bar next door - but on a quiet visit, I got to see it in all its splendour. Its beautiful.

Great local real ales all around the bar - so make sure you check them all out before committing.

On 12th January 2018 - rating: 10
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
Edinburgh, 0.14 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Slateford, 3.03 miles, 58 min walk (show)
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19th Sep 2019, 21:50
Review submitted by peter ashworth amended by peter ashworth
 
19th Sep 2019, 12:03
Review submitted by peter ashworth

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No - upstairs restuarant only - last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 August 2017 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 23 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 25 July 2016 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 August 2017 by hondo .
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