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Milnes Bar, Edinburgh

35 Hanover Street
Phone: 01312256738
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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Milnes Bar

One of many pubs on the popular Rose Street strip, this one is quite traditional in appearance with dark green paintwork, gold lettering and a few tables and chairs outside for the warmer weather.

Internally it’s surprisingly large and also quite traditional with dark wooden boards on the floor and black and white chequered tiling around the semi-circular bar counter. Painted cream wallpaper was on the ceiling along with some very thick, black beams and there was some newspaper style wallpaper on the wall at the rear, with dark green paintwork elsewhere. Seating here was unusual with high backed benches being fitted at right angles to the wall, creating almost the feel of individual booths. Along the front was black timberwork to create further segregated seating areas with high tables and stools. One table was on a slightly raised, semi-circular platform with balustrade around the edge, which I thought was another unusual feature. Three TV’s were showing a couple of sports channels, although the sound was off so this was not too intrusive.

Beers on tap were Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Greene King IPA and their own “handcrafted house ale” Edinburgh Rock – which if you read the small print is not actually from Edinburgh, or even Scotland, but Bury St Edmunds! I think we can guess who makes that. Two further pumps appeared unused. The solitary cider was a rather disappointing Aspall’s Suffolk, for which they charged me £2.50 for a half. Overall, a pleasant enough boozer, but the poor cider choice and the process, mean that I’m unlikely to rush back.

On 28th October 2019 - rating: 6
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Alastair Barter left this review about Milnes Bar

So as Rob Camra previously said, Milnes Bar, 35 Hanover Street, and Milnes of Rose Street, 21-25 Rose Street are all part of the same pub. So I suppose listing Milnes of Rose Street separately would be confusing. Certainly looks a large pub with its two entrances.

On 30th March 2019 - rating: 8
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Old Boots left this review about Milnes Bar

A single room pub with a cellar bar called the Little Kremlin also entered from Hanover Street, in spite of the name just the same stuff as the ground floor and not a vodka bar. The main bar counter is to the right against the back wall, six pulls here two of which were Greene King, an unattributed Edinburgh beer (probably Belhaven), two from Strathaven and one from Edinburgh brewery Friendly Fire. There are the usual clutch of Scottish kegs with Peroni and Stella thrown in. A nice enough old style bar but there are better on Rose Street, it does food but it's overpriced and fairly poor. The beer was ok but short measured, common enough in Edinburgh, but the Italian barman with all the charm of a dispeptic Rotweiller didn't help either. Seems to be used as a public toilet as they're in the basement, no idea why as JDW is just round the corner.

On 1st February 2017 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by hondo .
Edinburgh, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.77 miles, 53 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Milnes Bar, Edinburgh
28th Oct 2019, 15:45
Review submitted by Blackthorn _
31st Mar 2019, 14:09
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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 03 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 August 2013 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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