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Greyfriars Bobby's Pub: I have "puppy love" for this pub and its food!
Particularly if you are interested in the story of the loyal little Skye Terrier named Bobby, a visit to this pub is a must.
One could assume that this pub would be a horrible tourist-haunt, void of any real character with poor service and unappetizing food, surviving solely on the fact that the cemetery where the famous little dog is buried (see my separate "Things to Do" Tip) is right next door... but that is not the case.
Greyfriars is a wonderful pub with a down-to-earth feel, friendly service, a warm and inviting atmosphere (naturally there is plenty of memorabilia that will make any dog-lovers go "Aaaaaawww"), regular live music and surprisingly good food.
Inside Greyfriars Bobby's Bar (or "Bobby's" as it is known to the locals), you find a series of sections stepping down the hill formed by Candlemaker Row. At the upper end is the bar, and as you move down the pub you pass through a number of comfortable seating areas to the dining area at its bottom end.
A range of real ales and whiskies are available, and food is served from an extensive menu including breakfast, main meals and snacks with daily specials. Greyfriars Bobby's Bar attracts everyone from locals to tourists and students, and at weekends can be popular with stag and hen parties.
Favorite Dish: We came here twice, once for a nice warming mug of Bailey's Hot Chocolate (deliiiiiiisssshhhh) and once for lunch. I think I had a fish pie and John had a grilled steak sandwich, both were very good.
--> Especially at weekends, this can become very busy at lunchtime so if you're wanting a table and a meal, it's best to arrive early!
There is also a small outdoor area with 4 or 5 tables to enjoy in good weather.
Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm.
Friday to Sunday 12:30pm to midnight.
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Greyfriars' Bobby: Greyfriars' Bobby
This might not be the best ever pub I've been to but it has a fairly central location in the Old Town and serves huge portions for budget travellers which is why I like to recommend it.
Favorite Dish: Standard UK fare like cauliflower cheese bake.
Grayfriars Bobby: Pub with a story
Owned by the Nicholson Pub chain, this pub right outside greyfriars church is named for greyfriars Bobby. Bobby visited his deceased masters grave every day for 13 years until his own passing.
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