- Telephone 0131 225 5276
- Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm
- Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.theabbotsford.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
The kind of classic if somewhat old-fashioned pub visitors expect to find in the heart of Edinburgh, the Abbotsford benefits from an impressive range of around 70 whiskies and half a dozen guest ales served from a vintage central circle bar, with open tables around the edge of the room helping to foster a convivial, chatty atmosphere. A well-worn haunt of older regulars on a day out in the city or having a pint with lunch, it’s also a no-frills lunch option serving pub classics including battered haddock and chips and steak and ale pie, although more ambitious mains like the tender pork loin alongside a limp slice of black pudding and a fridge-cold pear chutney seem out of place in such a resolutely old-school establishment. The more dining focussed Above Abbotsford on the first floor has a separate entrance around the corner.
- High point: A no-frills traditional pub with good beer and whisky choices.
- Low point: Steer away from the more exotic and overly ambitious meals.
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Private dining: 40 (Abbotsford upstairs)
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 1902
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle
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