The Guildford Arms

The Guildford Arms
1–5 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 4312
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm
  • Seasonal times Edinburgh Festival: Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 11am–11pm; Thu/Fri 11am–midnight; Sun 10am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 3–9.30pm; Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–9pm.
  • Average price £18 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
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One of Edinburgh’s most beautiful old bars, which quietly delivers a quality pint and a decent plate of pub grub too.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2016 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

First up, it's beautiful and everything you’ve heard about the ceiling, the gleaming dark wood and the brass twinkling in the gentle Edinburgh light is true. But pubs don’t stay open, in continuous ownership, for well over a hundred years just because they’re pretty. Perhaps the fact that the Guildford’s social media pages feature picture after picture of its guest ales, rather than its gleaming gantry, is the key to its success. Beer is a serious business here, with a continuously changing range of cask and craft ales and beers gracing the taps. And while there are some familiar faces, there’s always something new to discover – whether it’s a new brewer or a single cask of something special. The food is resolutely Scottish and perhaps a little dated, but everything’s prepared on the premises and service is swift and helpful. Kudos to a grand old lady.

  • High point: It is a truly beautiful bar
  • Low point: The food could do with a tiny update
  • Notable dish: Crombie's sausages and mash
  • Private dining: Up to 18 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Live bands
  • Capacity: 56 (199 standing)
  • Largest group: 20–22
  • Open since: 1896
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £14.45 per bottle