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Royal Oak, Edinburgh - pub details

Address: 1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1LT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 40207) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Edinburgh Waverley (0.3 miles), Edinburgh Haymarket (1.4 miles), Slateford (3 miles)

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user reviews of Royal Oak, Edinburgh

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I'm not especially into folk, although clearly this place majors in it, with numerous ads for upcoming performances both here and elsewhere, and a generous subterranean stage where I daresay locals enjoy the talent on offer. While the Royal Oak plainly won't top a list of Edinburgh pubs for ale, food or sophistication, it nevertheless exudes much character and honesty. The lady at the bar - the licensee I believe - had much heart as did the locals propping up the bar. My mate and I were both made to feel perfectly welcome despite not being known from Adam. Beer was limited but the Tomintoul Wildcat was tasty enough, if maybe slightly too chilled. Just as things were going swimmingly, unfortunately a significantly inebriated individual tottered in, clearly to the immediate wariness of some of the locals who must've known what to expect. The landlady and bar-proppers dealt with him very delicately and eventually persuaded him to depart, although not before severel others had evacuated, prematurely I assume. I guess all boozers have their crosses to bear. It certainly can't be said that this pub is boring. Those into Ian Rankin may be interested to note this was a regular feature in the televised Rebus series.
TWG - 27 Aug 2011 08:48
Absolutely brilliant. Lovely staff and a really great crowd - a mix of locals and tourists just in for a superb evening.Apart from the booked artists you can just go in and give 'em a song. They even got half a tune from me and that won't happen again in a hurry! If you are in to folk this place is unmissable and be sure to by the CD.
REVERENDBAZ - 21 Apr 2011 09:21
Great pub only after 11/midnight though, and a good mix a people, and music.
scotscott - 24 Sep 2010 12:36
Renowned as a folk music haunt, with frequent impromptu sessions in the cosy street-level bar and regular gigs in the larger (relatively speaking) downstairs room. Real ale was temporarily unavailable, but the keg Northern Light pale ale from the Orkney Brewery was fair enough. (NB - Review dates from August 2009, before pub was listed on BITE.)
rpadam - 16 May 2010 17:03

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