The old Toll Booth was built in 1591 and was the administrative center for Canongate, a burgh outside Edinburgh at the time, which included council chambers, tax collection center, the court and the jail. It has been occupied as a tavern since the early 19th century and was restored about 60 years later to give it it’s present appearance.
It is a narrow and small looking building from the outside, but has a nice bar area in the front and a nice eating area in the back where the legendary resident ghost is said to frequently knock something over. We saw no ghost and maybe the gargoyles in that room keep him/her at bay. It is a very pleasant and inviting room and we were seated at a lovely bay window table. I ventured out the side entrance on my way to the gent’s and was able to see part of the building which had been the jail. Fortunately I was not incarcerated.
We stopped for lunch and just had sandwiches, which were very good, and a beer. I had a locally brewed Caldonian with my cheese and onion sandwich. Very tasty.
From the outside the Tolbooth Tavern appears quite small. Internally it opens out and stretches right back through the body of the Tolbooth and into an area originally built as housing in about 1750. This rear part of the tavern tends to be used primarily for dining: and it is also here that you are most likely to feel the effects of the tavern's resident ghost, who excels in knocking things over.
This pub looks lmuch like any other, however the food is fantastic and more like restaurant food than pub grub!
At rhe shore it has a nautical theme, but not to over powering. Good music and loads of seats up the back past the front bar. Also seats outside overlooking the Shore area.
Favorite Dish: All of it!
across the road from Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile is the Mitre
its a friendly pub, with a nice atmosphere and the food is very good
the pub was designed by P L Henderson in 1901 and is built on the site of the residence built in 1615 for John Spottiswood, Bishop of St Andrew, which was destroyed in 1814
of course it has a ghost, everywhere in Edinburgh has a ghost it seems, but the one here is said to be Bishop John himself
Favorite Dish: the portions were generous and the food was tasty, this isnt haute cuisine, but its good food, just what you need to sustain you through the sightseeing Edinburgh has to offer
Pop in one of the pubs and eat a sandwich. You might be able to enjoy cosy fire in the fireplace.It is nice to sit in the warm of the fire after you had been in the wind and rain. This fireplace was one of the pubs on the way to Edinburgh.
You will meet locals in the pub. It is second living room!
Favorite Dish: Sandwiches; There are so many so you are able to find favourite one, I think. Mine favourite was cucumber sandwich.
Any of the pubs serve great snacks. A meal of fish and chips goes down really well on a cold rainy day. Yes, the meals are all deep fried and filled with fat but it sure does taste great after freezing your butt off in the rain all day.
Favorite Dish: Anything deep fried. Beer.
Scotland is an expensive place to be, but if you go eat in a pub, you'll have good food for a cheaper price. Let's say that you'd have a trio something with a beer for 10£ to 15£... and don't worry you'll easily find a pub, there's one every 25 feets in Scotland!
Favorite Dish: Their favorites meal is probably the potatoes! Once, during diner, in my host family, I found 4 different kind of potatoes! I liked to make fun of that with my landLady.
Old bar at end of St Stepen St that has always had a reputation for good food.
Favorite Dish: Haggis, Neaps & Tatties....what else!
Pick any pub that catches your eye and go with it. I picked this one after hitting a few shops on the Royal Mile because it looked neat and the name was amusing.
Favorite Dish: Steak and Kidney Pie
As always in the United Kingdom, the best places to eat are surely pubs. Unfortunately due to lack of time I only explored the ones on Rose Street, quite a tourist-oriented place.