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The Ensign Ewart

521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, Scotland
+44 131 225 7440
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authentic pub

My friends and I got in Edinburgh late one night and heard live music so we came in for a drink... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
sloaneswift
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Smoked porter

Discovered this attractive, clean and cosy pub by chance on a wet Wednesday lunchtime in Edinburgh... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Brian R
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Woking
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Under new ownership! Focusing on all things Scottish, 4 Cask Ales, ever changing whisky list, Scottish gins and live music.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PE, Scotland
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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

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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

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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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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Each time we head to Edinburgh we end up here. A traditional pub, very close to the centre and sights, and with staff who know what they're doing and do it well. During the festival (perhaps at other times too, but we haven't been) there...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

We found this pub while looking for somewhere to have a light snack and drink one evening, it was chucking it down with rain and this seemed to be the only place that had spare seats, I think purely because its at one end of...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We love this place as it's so close to the castle but it has never been packed when we visited. We got our drink and sat beside the door so we were able to people watch without having to deal with the crowds, perfect.

Thank Beanie14
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

We had a dandy meal here after a chilly tour of the castle. Service was quick, helpful, without being obsequious. Really good beer and sandwiches, typical pub fare that was a cut above. It was recommended by our tour guide and we found it to...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

My sister and I were introduced to this pub through a literary pub tour. This is a cozy pub right below the Edinburgh Castle. Friendly staff and young people sessions playing traditional music. After our pub tour, we went back to this pub for more...More

Thank Sara S
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