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The Auld Hoose

British and Scottish Bar/Pub

4.4 out of 5 4.4/5 from 4 reviews (add your opinion)

23-25 St Leonard's Street

Phone: 0131 668 2934

The Auld Hoose

Price: ££

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1200-0100
Sun: 1230-0100


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4.5 from MartinR (88%) on July 10th, 2009 (10 years ago)

The Auld Hoose, 23-25 St Leonard's Street, EH8 9QN, Edinburgh

We stopped upon the Auld Hoose by accident. We'd gone for a wander with the intention of finding somewhere to eat, and were really struggling to find something that appealed. The clouds started to come in and so we took cover here after seeing the sign outside that said they served good home-made food.

It's not often you take a chance and are so pleasantly surprised, but the Auld Hoose was a welcome retreat from the weather, and took me back to my student days. Being a Sunday, it was quite quiet, but there was an interesting mix of friendly folks sat around, most of whom seemed to know each other, but we didn't feel at all unwelcome.

The next thing we noticed was the music from the jukebox playing random metal, goth, and indie tracks. It's a long time since I have been into a pub and actually looked forward to what was going to be next on the juke box. It's also a long time since I have been into a pub and heard Pop Will Eat Itself playing. For that alone they get an extra star!

We found a table and retrieved a menu, which made us a little anxious as it was laminated orange card, with only a small amount of dishes. We ordered the Steak & Ale pie with chips and the Scampi & Chips (no, I don't why she did either...).

We were so very pleaqsantly suprrised by the food. When they say the portions are large, they are underestimating themselves! They are massive, and half way through I started to struggle and had to take a quick jog round the block before tackling the rest.

But this isn't a matter of quantity making up for quality. This was one of the best steak & ale pies I have ever tasted, with beautifully cooked chips. All presented nicely in a large dish, with herbs adorning the rim. The steak was so tender and cooked in a beautiful ale, with nicely tender vegetables. The crust was light and airy. All in all a lovely dish. I won't say much about the scampi and chips's scampi and chips. With two pints of soft drink, it came to just over £15.00. Bargain.

All in all, this is an incredibly friendly and welcoming pub suerving brilliant food, home cooked and delicious. And a jukebox to die for!

We will definitely go back. And back. And back.

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4.5 from EmmaR (69%) on October 12th, 2009 (9 years ago)

The Auld Hoose, 23-25 St Leonard's Street, EH8 9QN, Edinburgh

If you want cheap food in plentiful size that tastes decent, the Auld Hoose is a good place to try. The portion sizes are enough to feed an army. I often find myself rolling home after a meal here as I've stuffed my face! I have not yet tried the nachos but I have seen others order them and I can confirm that this will do as a main meal for two, if not three people (I'm surprised it doesn't come with its own scaffolding). Taste-wise it is home cooked pub fare of a good standard. I also believe they offer a roast on Sundays which I would imagine pulls in the student market.

Speaking of the student market, this is their standard clientelle, although I am not a student and have seen many others in there who have long since seen their uni days. The standard clothing is black and the music can be a bit loud, which may not be for everyone but I don't mind it. The staff are friendly and helpful. Some of the tables seem a bit low but not enough to truly grumble about.

A great place to go if you're hungry.

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4 from Ishkhara (55%) on November 10th, 2008 (10 years ago)

The Auld Hoose, 23-25 St Leonard's Street, EH8 9QN, Edinburgh

This pub rose from the ashes of the Holyrood Tavern and is run by former Holyrood manager Liz. Great for a good, old-fashioned pub lunch, the Auld Hoose serves up traditional pub grub with a few stand out dishes. Don't order the nachos unless you're very, very hungry - they are MASSIVE! Liz the landlady cooks the curries herself and very tasty they are too! As for drinks, they have a varied selection including fruit wines, guest ales and Weston's ciders (a personal favourite of mine!) and they've just introduced Fentimans soft drinks. They manage to cater for traditional customers as well as the alternative set.

I'd also like to take the opportunity to add that they have some of the friendliest bar staff in Edinburgh. Long live the 'Hoose! :)

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4.5 from clockworksatan (31%) on December 18th, 2008 (10 years ago)

The Auld Hoose, 23-25 St Leonard's Street, EH8 9QN, Edinburgh

If you're in a pubby lunchy type of mood there are many places to choose from in Edinburgh, with its vast amount of pubs offering gastronomic delights. It depends on whether you want to go for the modern trendy places or not - in which case head to George St. and get ripped off - but I much prefer the traditional comfy type of places with good beer, friendly staff and great grub.

In these categories, the Auld Hoose excels. Situated just up the road from the Pleasance, it's a fairly small place with a great atmosphere (and importantly a great jukebox which never plays too loud) that caters for all types and has become a warm favourite of Edinburgh's alternative types that you will see there regularly. Liz the landlady is lovely and the Auld Hoose is home to the 'best bar staff in Edinburgh' (tm), too.

It offers a large range of lagers and regularly features guest ales from the likes of Brew Dog and independent breweries as well as a comprehensive selection of ciders, wines and spirits - all of which are reasonably priced.

If you're ordering food I must warn you that the portions are extremely generous and are all cooked on-site. The chilli is gorgeously tasty, their breakfasts are practically legendary, the burgers are phenomenal and the nachos are gut bustingly excellent. That's a compliment.

Summing up, it's a great place with great staff and warm, friendly atmosphere. What more could you want? :o)

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