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The Ensign Ewart

521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, Scotland
+44 131 225 7440
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Handy Location.

This is an old pub with a good atmosphere. Good service, cold beers. A little on the hot side at... read more

Reviewed today
Ghostcymru13
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Mold
Great little Hotel

The Ewart Ensign is a great little pub, the service is first class. We only had a soup for lunch... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Ron H
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Mackay, Australia
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Under new ownership! Focusing on all things Scottish, 4 Cask Ales, ever changing whisky list, Scottish gins and live music.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, Scotland
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+44 131 225 7440
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Reviewed today

This is an old pub with a good atmosphere. Good service, cold beers. A little on the hot side at the time of our visit (June) which i don't know if the heating was kept on or whether it was because it was a small...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

The Ewart Ensign is a great little pub, the service is first class. We only had a soup for lunch, but we were treated as important customers, two different waiters asked us if we were happy with our meal. Very friendly place, must visit for...More

Thank Ron H
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Came across this lovely cosy little pub on our first night. What a find - staff were friendly and helpful guiding hubby to a nice local brew - or 3 and an amazing selection of gins. We ate here and the food was excellent. Far...More

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

A pub thats at the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile,so its both the highest pub and the closest to the Castle, and is pretty old at around 1680s. It's a bit cramped but does good food and the atmosphere is pretty good.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Really nice pub. Was in here twice during our stay. Relaxed atmosphere. Cute little snug right up the back in the corner. They had a gin tasting offer on 4 gins 2 tonics for £15 which was very good. Live music on the Sunday night...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

My friends and I got in Edinburgh late one night and heard live music so we came in for a drink. There was a wide variety of drinks and the music was acoustic so relaxing and enjoyable. We loved this place because it was established...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Discovered this attractive, clean and cosy pub by chance on a wet Wednesday lunchtime in Edinburgh after climbing the steps from the Scottish National Gallery. Welcoming staff, an unusual and delicious smoked porter on handpump. We were looking for snacks rather than a full meal...More

Thank Brian R
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Walked past and fancied a quick drink. Good selection of spirits and a few commercial beers, but toilets and food service area filthy and greasy. A disappointment to what should be a quaint small pub on the royal mile

Thank Erik V
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We found this small, yet cosy establishment close to the Royal Mile. Walking past, you could mistake this for another gift shop or something similar, but inside, it offers a compact and quaint pub-type affair. There is a nice atmosphere and there are several traditional...More

Thank Greg W
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

I brought my group of 10 here around 9 PM and they seemed to be out of most of the food, so we ordered their cheesy garlic bread and cheese plate. Delicious!! Great helpful staff too!

Thank Jared H
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Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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