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Tolbooth Tavern, Edinburgh

167 Canongate
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Colin Walker left this review about Tolbooth Tavern

The Tollbooth Tavern sits at the lower less tourist side of the Royal Mile. The interior has the traditional18th century Scottish look, but has been refurbished to give this look. On tap there is a choice of Coast, Three Hop, Strongbow Extra Cold, Fosters, Guinness Extra Cold, Belhaven Best, Moretti. Ales available are Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Caledonian Edinburgh Castle 80 Shilling Ale, Caledonian Golden XPA. There are meals available, so after 9pm the eaters start to leave and the place is much less busy and more like a pub, with more locals than tourists.

On 6th November 2018 - rating: 10
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Steve of N21 left this review about Tolbooth Tavern

The text on the plaque outside the The Tolbooth Tavern states that is part of the original Canongate Tolbooth which was built in 1591 and that the building was used to collect tolls from travellers entering the burgh. Apparently it has also served as a Council Chamber, Police Court and Prison, and now functions very nicely as a tavern and has done so since 1820.
A two part split interior well described by previous reviewers, I liked it here as it had a good feel and was obviously favoured by locals more than being a tourist trap akin to the pubs at the other end of the mile.
Three pumps in operation and alongside Deuchars IPA there were two Caledonian brews in the shape of Flying Scotsman and one called Road to Rio, the June Monthly brewed for the World Cup, and the two we tried were in good nick.

On 2nd August 2014 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about Tolbooth Tavern

A long thin pub down the lower slopes of the Royal Mile, the rear is a raised area with a couple of gargoyles for decoration but otherwise not quite as interesting as the lower front. The counter is to one side at the front, home to three pulls two of which with Caledonian products and the third with Hobgoblin, the kegs are mainly McEwans, the cask wasn't bad. There's the usual big screen and machine but also a bit of exposed stone, some nice bench seating and an exuberantly carved counter and bar-back. The six rugby nations flags are pinned to the ceiling and there are shields on the walls. A popular locals pub.

On 25th January 2014 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by hondo .
Edinburgh, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.79 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Slateford, 3.63 miles, 1 hr 10 min walk (show)
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14th Sep 2019, 04:37
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 September 2018 by David Myles
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 September 2018 by David Myles
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by hondo .
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 28 February 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 September 2018 by David Myles
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sunday 8:00pm - last updated 26 September 2018 by David Myles
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 26 September 2018 by David Myles
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 September 2018 by David Myles
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