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The Black Rose Tavern, Edinburgh - pub details

Previously called: The Saltire, Fling and Firkin

Black Rose Tavern

Address: 49, Rose St, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2NH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 19213) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Edinburgh Waverley (0.4 miles), Edinburgh Haymarket (1 mile), Slateford (2.8 miles)

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Been going here on and off since 1981 and it's always been dark, dingy and the toilets filthy. However the atmosphere has always been friendly until today. Today I called in with my wife picked up a menu only to have it snatched out my hand by a drunk customer who then threatened to assault me for no reason!! The people on the next table got up and left in discuss and after being threatened again I decided to leave as the staff did nothing. The threats off the drunk don't bother me it's the fact the staff were happy to turn a blind eye. I'll not be going back and everyone who tells me they're going to Edinburgh I'll be telling them to give this place a wide berth.
Alanhudson - 29 Jan 2016 17:17
The Saltire was never a great pub but the current owners have taken it to another level. Itís now called the Black Rose Tavern but little else has changed. The toilets are still awful and the bar is still dark and dingy, as are most of the staff and customers coming from the great pierced unwashed. Service is somewhere between non-existent and grudging indifference. For pub historians out there the polo dancing stage is still there as well.

Millay - 17 May 2009 21:21
Allegedly sells two real ales, Deuchars IPA and Old Speckled Hen but neither were available on my visit so had a crap pint of lager and went on my way. Pub was grubby and toilets none too clean. Didn't banter with my fellow punters as there weren't any despite the fact that the live music was due to begin shortly. When I walked past (staggered?) later in the evening, it appeared that not much had changed as there were more door staff than punters. Must be a least a dozen better pubs within 5 minutes walk.
johnkn7 - 23 Oct 2006 16:39
Had an absolutely fantastic night in here - made by the live music and the musicians bid to buy everyone a packet of crisps. Quality banter with the staff and fellow punters alike (met a man about to change his name by deed pole, as part of a challenge, to "Rubbish Just Rubbish") and with only a little cajoling dancing on the bar was allowed - you're made to sign a disclaimer first.
LooseVixens - 25 Jun 2006 21:03
Despite the name there seems to be more Yanks than Scots in there, including behind the bar. Food looks a bit better than my last visit but it won't make this a decent pub. Anyone remember the "polo" dancing in here years ago?
Millay - 19 Sep 2005 20:31

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