The Windsor

The Windsor
45 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AH
  • Telephone 0131 556 4558
  • Seasonal times Open later Hogmanay and during Edinburgh Festival
  • Bar open Sun–Tue noon–midnight; Wed–Sat noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–midnight.
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Unassuming, laid-back boozer that will likely be here long after you’re gone.

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If your local has long since celebrated its centenary year, it must be doing something right. As fashions come and go around it, the Windsor quietly continues to plough its own furrow. There’s no food, aside from toasties and nachos, but there’s a surprisingly wide selection of booze at sensible prices (their four cask ales are all under £4). Complementing the two dozen malts is an even bigger range of British, Spanish and French rums that can be sampled via a tasting board (also available for whisky and gin if you’re feeling adventurous). The mature regulars seem to appreciate the uncomplicated drinking environment, many greeted by the bar staff with a silent nod and an immediate pint pour. Rugby and football are shown across three screens and there are free treats behind the bar for your four-legged pals. Part of a small chain of traditional pubs, including the Blue Blazer, this understated gem is an asset to the neighbourhood.

  • High point: Perfect place for a quiet pint and a chat
  • Low point: Foodies need to look elsewhere
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mainstream eclectic
  • Live entertainment: Acoustic music every Thursday night, pub quiz Sunday 8pm.
  • Capacity: 70 seated; 100 standing
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1899
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle

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