The Cloisters

The Cloisters
26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH
  • Telephone 0131 221 9997
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight Closed Mon.
  • Seasonal times none
  • Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12:30pm–midnight.
  • Food served Tue-Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–9pm; Sat noon– 9pm; Sun 12.30–5.30pm.
  • Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.

In this former church, beer culture isn’t so much of an interest as it is a religion. Those who are passionate about a pint should make a point of popping in – these guys know their art and were hosting Meet the Brewer events before it was fashionable. With a convivial atmosphere complete with board games, this is an ideal spot for a relaxed Sunday pint. Staff recommendations are chalked up beside the bar (usually including an offering from one of the rotational taps) but do chat to them for tips and tasters – they’re a friendly bunch. Local beer is a focus, with consistent offerings from Stewart Brewery in Loanhead and Williams Bros in Alloa. However, there are ever more intriguing options behind the evolving bar – check out their guest beers, house kegs and bottled world beers. In terms of scran, there’s the likes of mussels and chips or a juicy burger – and both meat and fish are sourced from long-standing local suppliers.

  • High point: Top-notch service and a friendly atmosphere
  • Low point: Feeling left out for being the only customer without a dog
  • Notable dish: Smoked bacon and brie burger
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: nothing at all - no music!
  • Live entertainment: Regular Meet the Brewer events
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £14.00 per bottle

Comments & ratings

3. jnbeck7417 Jul 2012, 10:08pm2 stars The Cloisters Report

I love the Cloisters; drink here as often as possible. However, despite a fantastic atmosphere and a brilliant selection of beer, the food today was HORRENDOUS. Overcooked, dry, and tasteless. If this is what we can expect with the new extended food service hours, then they shouldn't bother. And when a customer complains, at least apologise for the bad experience. An "oh" is not sufficient.

2. Nicci15 Jul 2012, 7:12pm5 stars The Cloisters Report

I have heard a lot of good things about the burgers here and wasn´t disappointed.
The fish and chips looked also great, the young man behind the bar was funny and friendly.

1. kongo217 Feb 2012, 1:54pm Report

I have always thought that Cloisters was one of Edinburgh's best. I had never been for food before today and I wasn't disappointed. However, my only complaint would be with the grumpy girl working at the bar. She seemed miserable and unapproachable and definitely created a "vibe". Fortunately, another young lady working there, who seemed to be doing all of the work, was lovely and friendly. So it wasn't a complete disaster. It's a shame that one person can cause such an atmosphere. It almost made me not want to go back....almost.

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 2 reviews of The Cloisters.

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