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Milnes Bar, Edinburgh

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Second stop on our initial walkabout in Edinburgh. Interesting pub, good ale and good food served very efficiently.Mappiman has got it bang on!
scoobybooze - 14 Aug 2015 17:14
OK sort of place but nothing unusual.
maxipop - 8 May 2015 20:28
Been in here many times over the years. Its cavernous and seems to be on several levels.

I came in here most recently to escape the rain. A bewildering array of real ales - I went for an Amber Ale, who's name I forget.

All very enjoyable. In any other city, it would be a stand out bar - but there is just so much choice in Edinburgh.
Mappiman - 6 Oct 2014 20:38
Well worth a visit. Busy upstairs so went into the downstairs bar and this seemed to go on forever. Better choice of ales in the downstairs bar. Had lunch in here and the food was very good and we did not have long to wait to be served given how busy it was with punters waiting for the Grand National. Will visit again for sure.
paulbeckett - 12 Apr 2013 19:06
This pub seems to be two pubs in one. Taylor Walker pub. Had some good food and good selection of beers too. If you don't like the beer on the top bar, they seem to have different ones on the bottom floor. Plenty of seating too and served fairly quick.
busker999 - 8 Apr 2013 20:47
Had a pint of Guinness, which was drinkable apart from being too cold as is the fashion (a general complaint, admittedly, rather than specific to Milnes). Plenty of staff but tables uncleared and uncleaned. Had perhaps the worst steak pie I've ever had in my life having to saw my way through the pastry only to meet further disappointment in the fatty filling.
Kenny260556 - 2 Dec 2012 20:33
Still not convinced about this place. Went in the other day on hearing of a well-respected barman having shifted to Milne's but wasn't impressed. Prompt service, yes, but the beers just didn't crack it. The stout was lifeless and left no marks on the glass like a good ale should; my friend's lager behaved in the same manner. And, yet again, the stench of chips and tomato sauce prevails.
Coldie_Redux - 27 Jul 2012 11:39
half a glass of beer poured, then left to stand while barrel changed. Pint topped off thereafter. I requested a fresh pint and was told to 'take it or leave it'. I said I dont want it and was then told I was no longer being served - I asked for the manager and was told that the person serving me was the manager.
I have never been refused service in my life, and am disgusted at this attitude - my colleague and I had been drinking happily for several hours before this stupid and offensive incident. To insult me further, the 'manager' gave the poured beer free to a customer standing beside me and gave my colleague his drink 'on the house'. My views: stuffy atmosphere, poor attitude to product quality, lack of customer focus and belligerent and insulting attitude. DONT DRINK HERE. I went a few doors along to Milnes of Rose Street - great atmosphere, friendly and cheerful staff, good beer and a nice chap called Charley who told me he had been refused drink in the Abbotsford too - because he tried to pay with coins...odds of that seem pretty high so there are bound to be more of you out there.
I will never set foot in the Abbotsford again, warn your friends and colleagues.
steved2512 - 31 Dec 2011 13:22
Not a bad pub, you can always get a chat, and if you are lucky could be a memorable night. Good mix of locals with strangers. Bad points, lack of staff, too much food being served so service is slow, and yes this was a great place in the late 80/early 90's
scotscott - 24 Sep 2010 12:22
I was pleasantly surprised to find this place. The food was good value, and I had the best pint of Deuchres IPA ever. The downstairs bar has a better atmosphere than the upstairs one, mainly because the Rose Street drunks don't get down that far.

The only real criticism I have is the juke box which mars an otherwise pleasant experience.

If you only go to one Rose Street pub, make it this one.
ETA - 12 Nov 2008 08:51
Do you know the best thing about this pub? Let me tell you about the old lady in the kitchen. Me and the missus had lunch there the other day and as an afficiando of swearing I must applaud the master class I witnessed from this little OAP. Her combinations and sequencing of 4 letter words was of the highest order, innovative and thought provoking. I have been using her magic ever since dazzling my colleagues with my 21st century Anglo-Saxon. Oh aye, drink-ok, food-ok, bogs-not ok, swearing-Olympic. Congratulations.
spaceman - 30 Apr 2008 13:39
Well i dont know what has happened in the last couple of weeks, but something has changed, and not for the good. talking to the staff i found out it is under new management.. what a difference, the only good thing, staff were lovely.
anonymous - 22 May 2007 21:24
at last a manager who will bring Milnes back to the standards it used to be. welcome.
rossjeam - 3 Apr 2007 22:09
This boozer has gone downhill quicker than Franz Klammer. Used to love going to the pub but now comes into the "one to avoid" category (specially if the DJ is on)
stanpetrov19 - 23 Mar 2007 15:56
Didn't find this anything like as bad as other reviewers. Must admit the DJ upstairs (why do you need a DJ when he only plays records that can be found on any bog standard pub jukebox?) almost put me off from entering as I hadn't realised that there was a basement. Quickly found my way down there and enjoyed a couple of well kept pints of Adnams Explorer amidst a lively atmosphere.
johnkn7 - 23 Oct 2006 16:10
Milne's Bar Update!!!

Just came out of Ottakar's with Mr Welsh's latest offering, and decided to find a quiet corner with a pint and enjoy. Decided to try it once more, but I was barely over the door when I spun on my soles and walked right back out! It was busy-ish, but the pint glasses were lined up on the bar like ammo, and the cloying stench of industrial-grade tomato sauce hits you as soon as you're over the threshhold. That was enough; never got near the beers.
Coldie - 29 Aug 2006 15:35
This used to be a good bar, years ago. The upstairs loung used to be good fun on a Saturday affy/evening. Now, cook smells permeate the whole bar, and even when it's not busy, staff have a difficulty in keeping it clean.

Beers were ok, but it's not what it used to be.
Coldie - 6 Jun 2006 09:11
Gone badly downhill and unfortunatley would appear to have a DJ on a Saturday night.

Like most of the Rose Street pubs has suffered from the emergence of the George Street pubs
stanpetrov19 - 29 Mar 2006 17:11
GOOD GOD!!! What's happened to this pub?? It used to have great beer and lots of atmosphere, but on this visit it had neither!!! It was dimly lit with few punters for a Saturday night, which made me suspicious, and after tasting the pint,Houstons Peters Well, I could understand why...the beer was dismal, as was the pub, even the "hen night" in the corner of the bar seemed to be having a crap night...we left before finishing our drinks...AVOID!
budvar_1 - 23 Mar 2006 01:15
The ale was dull as was the interior. I may be judging unfairly as I was there in the afternoon, but there was no atmosphere whatsoever. There must be far better pubs in Edinburgh other than this.
anonymous - 26 Aug 2005 21:56
Makes much of having been the stamping ground of Scots poets of the fifties and sixties. They wouldn't be seen dead in it as it is now. There are many better pubs close by.
joegreen - 31 May 2005 13:08
Has ground floor entrance in Rose St but the vast basement eventually emerges in Hanover St. Decent ales but dull atmosphere if it is quiet in such a cavern
lout_from_the_lane - 13 Jul 2004 16:59

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