The Pear Tree House

The Pear Tree House
38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD
  • Telephone 0131 667 7533
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 11–1am; Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Deals: sharing nachos and a bottle of house wine, £17. Sun: two sirloin steaks, sides and bottle of house wine, £40.
  • Average price Bowl Buster lunch £2 (Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm); £17 (evening meal)
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Newly refurbished pub and restaurant in the heart of studentland, with one of the most famous beer gardens in Edinburgh.

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Prepare to be astonished by the new Pear Tree. Long famed for having arguably the best beer garden in Edinburgh (it still does, a cobbled courtyard filled with picnic tables with sports on a huge outdoor screen and six live bands a day during the Festival) its scruffy student ambience put off as many drinkers as it attracted on rainy days. But after a six-month closure and refurbishment in the first half of 2017 it now looks lovely – from the attractively lit trees around the stylishly up-lit stairway at the front door, to the clean wooden flooring and stripped-back brick walls, to the rows and rows of gleaming red-lit spirits behind the bar. The pub food menu looks good and is reasonably priced, with burgers, steaks, fish and chips, pulled pork nachos, charcuterie boards and a braised daube of beef. A daily food bowl special (served Mon to Fri, noon–2.30pm, or until they’re gone) is a great idea too.

  • High point: Finally, a pub worthy of the great beer garden
  • Low point: Wondering about the new back room? The Blind Poet took one for the team
  • Average price: Bowl Buster lunch £2 (Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm); £17 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Six bands a day during the Festival in August only.
  • Capacity: 120 (850 in total, inside and out)
  • Largest group: 120
  • Open since: Unknown
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Reviews & features

Bar crawls: Edinburgh - The Prudent Student

18 Nov 2011

A cheap and cheerful crawl from Marchmont to Grassmarket

I have a confession to make. I’ve never really been much of a bar crawl sort of gal. The idea of systematic drinking (vb. to lash, I suppose) with a bunch of overgrown rugby boys, with their girlfriend’s underwear on as outer wear, has never really…

Neighbourhood watch: Newington, Edinburgh

27 May 2011

A guide to the ares of the Scottish capital dominated by Edinburgh University

What's it like? Okay, we'll get the inevitable out of the way first. There are a lot of students living in Newington. And while we know some of our readers aren't that keen on students, their presence does imbue the area with a certain bounce and life…

Beer Gardens in Edinburgh

1 Jun 2009

Gardens and beer, two words we like for themselves - but we like them even more when they are put together. So, in honour of summer, here’s our guide to Edinburgh’s top beer gardens.

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