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The Ensign Ewart

Open Now: 11:00 - 01:00
Open today: 11:00 - 01:00
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"Free" Music on the Royal Mile Steps from the Edinburgh Castle

Looking for a late-ish evening of live music? We wandered into this unassuming, warm, and cozy pub... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nancy S
Chicago, Illinois

This place is worth a visit eventhough it is in the middle of the tourist trap (royal mile... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
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“cosy pub”(4 reviews)
“royal mile”(17 reviews)
Under new ownership! Focusing on all things Scottish, 4 Cask Ales, ever changing whisky list, Scottish gins and live music.
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521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 7440
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a late-ish evening of live music? We wandered into this unassuming, warm, and cozy pub one evening and were pleasantly engaged in lovely and foot-stomping Scottish (and Irish) music. Ensign Ewart is a 2 minute walk down the Royal Mile and a wonderful...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today and found it to be a great find. Lovely soup of the day with a bacon and brie sandwich,and a ploughman's too. Service was very quick, place was busy with a good atmosphere, and the staff were friendly. Price of food and drinks...More

Thank El w
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

This place is worth a visit eventhough it is in the middle of the tourist trap (royal mile). Friendly service and wonderful soup of the day! I liked the bread as well, but my friend thought it was a bit on the dry side. An...More

Thank April-Elin
Reviewed 27 August 2018

A very old pub which retains its original character! We visited it twice and we had great beers and mostly amazing love music!

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 26 July 2018

1st of All: Try one or more (we tried 2) of the Gin flights. It was such a fun way to try a whole bunch of different gins! The live music was beautiful and changed every night! A calm way to end a busy day...More

Thank IVYTravels47
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We visited this cozy pub twice during our visit to Edinburgh.Two musicians provide live acoustic Scottish music (accordion and fiddle) nightly, roughly 9 pm to midnight. The place is small so it's best suited to couples or small groups rather than a night out with...More

Thank BethB55
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Little jem of a pub very close to Edinburgh Castle. Visited for lunch and was shown a very limited menu. Ordered a sandwich and a pint of local heavy ale. Has to be best sandwich I have had in ages. beautiful bread and flavorful local...More

Thank mombir
Reviewed 23 June 2018

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

Thank Ghostcymru13
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
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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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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