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

The 2014/15 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.

There is, apparently, a battle of biblical proportions currently raging between the cohorts of craft beer and the ranks of real ale – such is the specialist knowledge imparted by a visit to this former church, where rival beer philosophies have replaced differing interpretations of the bible as the source of potential schisms. Thankfully, however, there’s no need to declare your loyalties at the door and it’s a convivial atmosphere that fills this often packed pub, with its vaulted windows and bar staff besieged by a mob thirsty to expand their knowledge of all manner of hop-based concoctions. Those who fancy a pint and a curry could combine both with a measure of spine-tingling chilli-infused Elixir, while those who prefer their food to be solid will appreciate the evening tapas menu – with a choice of eats both naked and battered that provides a welcome foil for the pints.

  • High point: Monastic dedication to myriad ales
  • Low point: Don't mention the false prophets that come in 2/3s of a pint
  • Notable dish: Beer battered black pudding with spicy tomato sauce
  • 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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