- Telephone 0131 225 5276
- Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm
- Bar open Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £18 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
Positioned on the corner of Edinburgh's cobbled pub paradise with an impressive selection of whiskies and ales.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
When embarking on that infamous Rose Street pub-crawl, perhaps allocate slightly more time to deliberate which of the 103 whiskies you'll sample inside this friendly Edwardian landmark. Named after the home of Sir Walter Scott, this traditional boozer is renowned for its olde worlde decor, featuring an antique mahogany island bar and the original gold-leaf ceiling. Alongside the relaxed atmosphere, visitors and chatty locals are drawn in by an impressive beer selection, expertly poured from one of six rotating real ale taps, nine lager taps or the European guest keg. An above-average hearty food menu is served downstairs in the often packed pub, or upstairs in the more peaceful, linen tableclothed dining room. The 48 hour marinated beef shoulder accompanies winter ale in the Abbotsford's popular pie, fish and chips are abundant and there’s haggis, neeps and tatties too. Whether it’s a casual refreshment or a more formal pub meal, both of the Abbotsford's environments offer a welcome break from the hectic city centre.
- High point: A showcase of Scotland's best beers from local breweries
- Low point: Underwhelming sharing platters
- Notable dish: Rump steak and homemade sticky toffee pudding.
- Private dining: 38 (Abbotsford upstairs)
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Quiet classics
- Capacity: 38 (restaurant)
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 1902
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £14.45 per bottle