Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1BX
The Halfway House is the Old Town's smallest pub, tucked away on Fleshmarket Close - a set of steps between Market Street and the Royal Mile. Lovers of real cask ale and malt whiskies seek it out, returning often to enjoy the friendly, cosy atmosphere. Partner John Ward sources from small Scottish craft breweries, giving his customers a rare opportunity to sample a range of first-rate beers - this is a true free house, and was voted CAMRA 'Scottish and Northern Ireland Pub of the Year' in 2005 and 'Edinburgh Pub of the Year' in 2009. The Halfway House is full of character, famous for serving traditional Scottish food at moderate prices. All the delicious soups and casseroles are prepared by partner Christine, who uses fresh ingredients, most of which are sourced from the Scottish Borders. Try the delicious Cullen skink - a Scottish soup of smoked haddock, potato and cream - or award-winning haggis and neeps. Specials change daily and feature venison, pheasant and other game in season, cooked to exciting traditional and original recipes. To finish, 'nursery' desserts such as rich bread-and-butter pudding and fruit crumbles are firm favourites.
Located close to Edinburgh's Waverley Station, the Halfway House is ideally situated and a pleasure to visit. The decor boasts a fascinating collection of railway memorabilia and many original artifacts, and customers can enjoy a pint and a meal outside in the summer months. No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to this unique pub.