The Cumberland Bar
- Telephone 0131 558 3134
- Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–1am; Sat/Sun 10–1am
- Food served Mon–Thu 11am–2.30pm, 5.30–9pm; Fri noon–9pm; Sat 10am–9pm; Sun 10am–6pm
- Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
- Website www.cumberlandbar.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Recently acquired by the company behind city-centre boozers the Abbotsford and the Guildford Arms, the Cumberland Bar falls into the same category of old-fashioned Edinburgh pubs that enjoy a sense of character even without having been tampered with in quite a while. The place is fairly spit 'n' sawdust, but charming too, with a series of semi-private nooks and an old wooden bar which provides a perching spot for the New Town barflies who congregate here. Old-fashioned treats abound, including seven regularly changing guest ales, forty malt whiskies and a wide-ranging food menu featuring homity or beef shin and oxtail pies, as well as a full breakfast at the weekend and a Sunday roast, while the beer garden is among the city’s best.
- High point: One of the best beer gardens in Edinburgh
- Low point: The old-fashioned style and décor may turn off as many as it excites
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: No music
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: Circa 1960s (new owners since 2012)
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle
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