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Leslies Bar, Edinburgh - pub details

Leslies Bar

Address: 45 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH9 1SU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13246) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Edinburgh Waverley (1.4 miles), Edinburgh Haymarket (1.9 miles), Slateford (2.9 miles)

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Unchanged pub from 1899 - with a central bar that takes some getting too... the snob screens on the left hand side mean you cannot see the beers - the alternative is to fight your way through the bar hangers on stools on the right hand side.

Plenty of old school pub memorabilia to look at.

Was in the 2018 Good Beer Guide but not the 2019.

Timothy Taylor Landlord a lovely find.
Mappiman - 13 Aug 2019 12:39
A magnificent interior remarkably unspoilt but I have to agree with holbornboy about the beers. I was not inclined to have a session.
maxipop - 8 May 2015 20:31
I first visited this pub a couple of years ago and can confirm that the interior is indeed quite magnificent. However, the selection of beers on that occasion was poor and low in quality. I paid a return visit last week and nothing has changed. There are six handpumps (two were not in use) dispensing an uninteresting range - Landlord, Deuchars, McEwans 80/- and Stewarts 80/-. My pint of Deuchars was warm and flat and as dead as a dodo.
If you want to see a beautifully unspoilt bar you will not be disappointed. Just don't expect a decent pint.
holbornboy - 26 Apr 2012 22:19
Good pub, proper clientèle, what a good pub should be, friendly and knowledgeable.
scotscott - 24 Sep 2010 12:12
CAMRA National Inventory gem about 2 miles south of the city centre in the suburb of Newington. There are feasts for the eye almost everywhere, from the etched windows (John Leslie, any relation?)It features two superbly traditional long rooms along a central island bar, with doors connecting the two at the front and back. The left room has snob screens near the window which creates a separate, snug feel, with its own access to the bar- as noted this is a hatch at waist level and you have to duck if you wish to see the staff! I recommend you do as they are friendly and welcoming to the outsider.
The bar itself is made from carved dark wood and features a clock at the top end. There is a similar clock outside the front door. Above the screens and bar is a handsome plastered Victorian ceiling, similar to the one in the Abbotsford. Real ale was Deuchars, Landlord and guests from Scottish microbreweries such as Stewart of Edinburgh and Hebridean- a good selection. I had a Hebridean Gold which was in good form and served with a smile.
Funnily enough, the pub this reminded me of most is the Princess Louise in Holborn, although without the tiling or mirrors. It's equally resplendent though, and is worth any bus trip from the centre. Not to be missed if you're a traditional pub lover.
Carlurmston - 9 Dec 2009 16:48

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