The Kilderkin

The Kilderkin
67 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BT
  • Telephone 0131 556 2101
  • Bar open Mon 11am–11pm; Tue–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30–8pm.
  • Food served Mon– Sat noon–4pm, 5–10pm; Sun 1–4pm.
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  • Website www.kilderkin.co.uk
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The Kilderkin

A stone’s throw from Arthur’s seat with a well-stocked bar and laid-back groove lies The Kilderkin and its loyal punters.

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Alongside some of the capital's tourist hotspots – the Museum of Childhood, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament – lies the Royal Mile's self-proclaimed most exciting pub. It's pretty unassuming from the outside but thanks to a whole host of weekly events, this audacious assertion might just be true. Standard pub lunch fare (a pretty decent burger, chunky fish of the day and a ginormous portion of bangers and mash) is blown out the water come 5pm when 35 varieties of pizza come topped with your favourite zoo animals. Yes, that includes zebra and kangaroo. Pizzas are just £1 on Mondays, Tuesday is quiz night and there's a live ukulele band on Wednesdays. Otherwise it's Led Zeppelin, Metallica and such like on the stereo, with the owner's love of old school rock proudly displayed in a wall of hanging vinyls. There are stags’ heads on another and a further side room is lined wall to wall with whisky bottle cases. Local beers and spirits mix with the big players and with over 150 rums you’ll struggle to request one they don't have, although it’s fun trying.

The List's rating
5.4

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Ailidh Forlan visited The Kilderkin on 26 January 2018
  • High point: Proper pub, proper grub, proper company
  • Low point: Arriving hungry at 4pm when the kitchen's shut
  • Notable dish: Fish of the day
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Side room seats 30
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Old school rock
  • Live entertainment: Free Fringe venue; Tuesday night quiz; Wednesday Ukulele
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2011 under current management
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 2 events at this location

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Alex Love: Stop the Press, I Want to Get Off

Alex Love / PBH's Free Fringe Find out what life is really like as a local newspaper reporter in a rural town, covering hard-hitting stories such as parish council meetings, charity bike rides and dogs winning raffles. In less than a year, Alex Love was burnt out in hospital with a broken ankle and vowed to escape.

Sat 4 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 6 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 25 Aug

Frank Leigh We Don't Give a ****

Jo Frank and Louise Leigh / PBH's Free Fringe Funny Women regional finalists Jo Frank and Louise Leigh serve up a titillating menu: start with mobility scooter fetishes and celebrity sex dolls, followed by a liberal serving of the dark heart of parenting, sloshed down with unusual uses for non-alcoholic beer. Served…

Sat 4 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 6 Aug

Free / 0131 556 2101

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 14 Aug