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Easily the best pub in Musselburgh and the surrounding area. Friendly and attentive staff, great... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brilliant local pub

Taken here by our aunts and uncle. Got to try the ales before buying. Really great service and... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“real ale pub”(3 reviews)
“beer garden”(3 reviews)
“great beer”(2 reviews)
Staggs bar, officially The Volunteer Arms, has been owned and operated by the same family since 1858. It is a friendly local, famous for its many guest real ales and around 30 rums (including the original Sailor Jerry, sold on special occasions...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
81 North High Street, Musselburgh EH21 6JE, Scotland
+44 131 665 9654
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easily the best pub in Musselburgh and the surrounding area. Friendly and attentive staff, great beer and an enjoyable atmosphere. The owner keeps a great pint and all the staff are willing pass the time of day with you.

Thank stuart64
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Taken here by our aunts and uncle. Got to try the ales before buying. Really great service and lovely local atmosphere, we were really made to feel welcome.

Thank Bumble1980
Reviewed 6 August 2018

A pub that sells a variety of "Real Ales".: usually 8 on tap plus the standard keg brews for those with a preference for lager/guiness/best. One draft cider too. Wines are various and can be purchased by the glass or bottle. Clientelle is a very...More

Thank brian r
Reviewed 18 May 2018

Have visited Staggs Bar on a few occasions and they have always had a fairly large selection of real ales available, at prices that are far more reasonable than in Edinburgh. The beers that I have drank have always been well looked after and of...More

1  Thank Gogs63
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best bars in Scotland , they have won many awards , it’s obvious why . Staff and regulars are open and friendly . Excellent range of beers , wines and spirits , come visit

1  Thank geodod1
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I have been coming to Staggs (also known as The Volunteer Arms) for some 25 years. It is a warm, authentic, family owned pub which serves outstanding real ales (perhaps the best in Edinburgh and the Lothians). A true community hub with a progressive ethos...More

1  Thank Michael K
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Nice bar with good selection of beverages, prices about average for area. Regulars tend to be a bit clique!

1  Thank careymoss32
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Visited the lounge bar for a quiet drink unfortunately a short time after we arrived the local rugby team arrive, very loud and very brash with no consideration for the other patrons.

4  Thank Lynne H
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Fay, the lovely bar lady from the Hole in the Wall recommended Staggs Bar (aka The Volunteer Arms). And Fay was right. Staggs is definitely worth a visit. First impressions are of a bar that has changed little over the generations. It's easy to imagine...More

1  Thank Pedalpower
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This little hidden bar behind the local theatre serves a great range of wines. There is a lovely little beergarden to the side, where you can sit out during the summer. It has a little nook room and a slightly bigger room at the back...More

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Anne W
29 October 2017|
Response from KMcK91 | Property representative |
Hi, Yes we are :) we just expected the owners to be considerate of the other customers (eg. Leads on if necessary). Hope to see you and your dog(s) soon!
Annie H
6 September 2015|
Response from KMcK91 | Property representative |
Hi Annie H, Unfortunately we don't serve hot food food. Only crisps, nuts and other bar snacks. Katie McKenzie Staggs Manager