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Full Postal AddressThe Halfway House, 24 Fleshmarket Close, 199 High Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 1BX [Map]
Telephone Number0131 225 7101Pub's Own Website 
Opening Times11-00 MO-SA (01 FR-SA); 12:30-00 SU
FacilitiesLunchtime Meals, Rail Station Near Pub

Alasdair heading into the pub, September 2003

Was fortunate to be in Edinburgh for a few days during the Edinburgh Festival a few years ago and saw several shows and visited several bars afterwards. After 4 exhausting days of queuing for tickets, queuing for performance and then queuing for a beverage afterwards in the crowded bars we decided that we needed to find somewhere a little out of the way where we could relax. Fortunately we came across the Halfway House, which is indeed up a backstreet halfway between the back door to Edinburgh Waverley Station and Cockburn Street.

Well the pub has recently been comfotably refurbished and offers a good selection of real ale and malt whiskys served by friendly staff! They also offer a small selection of home-produced traditional meals and snacks at very moderate prices from opening to closing every day. These might include home-made soups such as cullen skink (a smoked haddock and potato soup), haggis neeps and tatties and venison casserole. The pub with many long-standing staff were recently awarded 'Pub of the Year 2005' by the Edinburgh branch of CAMRA.

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CAMRA members, 2007
An invaluable guide to 115 of the country's most unspoilt pubs and their unique interiors, many of which have altered little in the past 40 years or so.

Bar Secrets Edinburgh,
M Matthews, 2006
Features 52 bars, one for every week of the year.

The Glasgow Pub Companion,
R Kenna, 2002
An updated edition of the companion to over 200 of Glasgow's pubs which encompasses the old, the traditional and the newer style bar/cafes. Biographical details of each are accompanied by a photograph (often with interiors) and ratings for entertainment, wine selection, food and ale.

Glasgow's Pubs and Publicans,
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Thoroughly researched guide to Glasgows pubs and publicans

The Hidden Inns of the South of Scotland,
J Billing & R Peace, 2000
This title covers the major regions of Southern Scotland - Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Lothians, Renfrewshire, in and around Glasgow, in and around Edinburgh, Stirlingshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Angus and Argyle and Bute.

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S McHardy, 2000
Independent and thoroughly researched book full of information on over 200 pub. There are maps and 12 pub trails to follow.

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Best Pub Walks Around Glasgow,
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26, circular, assorted walks from 3 to 10 miles with a selection of sights and delights to tempt even the most confirmed 'cityphile' beyond the urban limits. Plenty of good food and beer to be had at one of the hospitable pubs along the way.

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