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The Abbotsford, Edinburgh

3-5 Rose Street
Phone: 01312255276
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Abbotsford

A traditional old street corner pub at one end of the Rose Street strip, it consists of a single room interior with a large central island bar counter.

The bar counter is certainly a prominent feature taking up a large percentage of the floor area, and is quite ornate with carved and lathed woodwork. The ceiling too was quite impressive with much elaborate cornice work and being attractively painted in cream, red and gold. Old wooden boards were on the floor along with dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls and cream plasterwork above. Red leather benches were fitted around much of the perimeter with additional seating provided by freestanding benches, also topped with red leather padding. A fire place was off to one side, although this looked to be unused which was a bit of a shame on such a wet and miserable night. A second, much smaller bar counter was in the back corner, although what this was used for I’m not sure as there we no pumps visible.

Beers on tap were all from Cromarty, with their Kowabunga, Red Rocker, Ghost Town and Raptor. The solitary cider was Stowford Press, which seemed slightly passed it’s best unfortunately.

On 10th December 2018 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Abbotsford

Another unassuming pub from the outside which reveals a gorgeous interior.

Again, its the ceiling and the island bar that make this special.

Decent local ales.

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On 25th May 2017 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Abbotsford

My favourite among the half dozen pubs planned as a small trip with my daughter - when the Thistle Street proved to have no real ale, I suggested coming back here for a second visit, whereupon we were greeted by one of the barmen as regulars. "It's always nice to see returning faces," he said. The bar is one of several outstanding island bars in this part of town, and the ornate ceiling is eye-catching too. On the bar is an offering of several real ales, mostly on the old Scottish system, with just one hand pump. We went for the Alechemy Ten Storey Malt Bomb, a modern 80/-. It's pleasant to get a chance to taste a beer that's based on malt rather than just hops, as the modern fashion seems to be. Luckily it was still on when we returned two hours later.

On 24th March 2017 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by hondo .
Edinburgh, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.16 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.86 miles, 55 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Abbotsford, Edinburgh
16th Jun 2019, 12:39
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16th Jun 2019, 12:39
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  • Car Park : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 30 November 2018 by Blackthorn _
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