Edinburgh Information, including pub and restaurant recommendations

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Getting to, and around, Edinburgh

Getting to and from the Airport

Take the tram or Airlink number 100 bus from the airport. The tram stops on Princes Street and St Andrews Square. The bus terminates at Waverley Bridge, next to the Edinburgh Waverley train station. Check the current ticket prices here.

Taxis are also available and cost 20 - 25 to get to the city centre.

Arriving and leaving by train

All mainline trains arrive into Edinburgh Waverley.

Local Buses and Trams

Transport for Edinburgh runs a comprehensive bus service around Edinburgh.

  • Transport for Edinburgh operate a "flat fare" system - the same fare covers any distance (except on the Airlink airport bus service, and on the tram to the airport).
  • The current fare can be found here.
  • A day ticket is available, which is better value for money if you plan to make more than two trips in one day.
  • Tickets are available from the driver when boarding the bus or using the Transport for Edinburgh app. Note that no change is given when paying by cash, except on the Airlink service.

  • Pollock halls is served by Lothian buses 2, 14, 30 and 33. Alight at "Royal Commonwealth Pool". Services leave from Princes Street and North Bridge.
  • Ten Hill place is served by Lothian buses 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 37 and 49. Alight at "Surgeons' Hall".


The central part of Edinburgh is very compact, and easily traversed on foot.


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Eating and Drinking

We use The List a lot. Reviewers are not anonymous, but they do give good description of the establishment.


Near Pollock Halls / Ten Hill place

  • The Old Bell
  • Cask and Barrell
  • The John Leslie
  • The Southern
  • The Auld Hoose - good ales, rock jukebox and for a tenner you can get the biggest bowl of nachos ever seem - feeds 3 super hungry people or 4-5 normal people. (NE)
  • Holyrood 9A (BHS) Also great selection of burgers - include 4 vegetarian options! (VJM)
  • The Bow Bar Big selection of real ale and single malts. No music. (VJM)
  • Royal Dick at Summerhall Fringe atmosphere, 365 days a year. Food too. Half way between Appleton Tower and Pollock Halls (VJM)
  • Pear Tree Bar Nice selection of beers (YY)
  • Brew Dog name says it all! (YY)
  • Ushers great selection of draft beers and nice fish and chips (SO)
  • The Blind Poet Upstairs from Ushers, with lots of Open Mic nights including excellent monthly poetry (events calender on the website) (XH)
  • Boteco Great bar to dance senorita (AT)


Near Appleton Tower

  • Tanjore Small, budget-friendly South Indian (Tamil). Dosa for around 7. They have no licence, BYO wine and beer, no corkage. (VJM)
  • David Bann Edinburgh's best vegetarian resturant. Omnivore-friendly. (VJM)
  • The Tower in the National Museam of Scotland. modern European. Booking essential. Seems to be the current favourite place of the Uni to celebrate Higgsteria. Also PPE Christmas dinner 2013! (VJM)
  • Spoon One of my favourite places in Edinburgh, but lots of people disagree with me ("food is a bit odd"). (VJM)
  • Mother India's Cafe Indian Tapas. The food is good, but personally I don't like the atmosphere. But don't listen to me, everyone else loves it! (VJM)
  • Howies The place we went for dinner during the Atlas UK Higgs meeting. European/Scottish (VJM)
  • Kalpna All-veggie Indian, a favourite of our theory colleagues. (VJM)
  • Vittoria The Standard Italian, friendly service, even for big groups (VJM) Definitely one of the best pizza places in town (CL)
  • Kim's mini meals, 5 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh EH8 9JN, One of the best korean restaurants, family run, no reservation, close at 8:30 (YY)
  • Cafe lucano, decent little italian restaurant, home-made pasta, best tiramisu in town (YY)
  • Tasty noodles, 36 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh, UK EH8 9LP, tiny Chinese restaurant, specialise in home-made noodles and dumplings (YY)

Near Pollock Halls / 10 Hill Place

  • Blonde Small, but perfectly formed, slightly funky modern European near Pollock halls. Main courses about 14. (VJM)
  • Stac Polly Modern Scottish. There are two venues, the bistro of which is just around the corner from the Holyrood 9A pub. (BHS)
  • Kismot Trip Advisor's No. 1 UK Curry House 2013. They do a wide selection of curry from mild to extremely hot (they have hospitalised people in the past), including some unusual options (Irn Bru'nha anyone?). (NE)
  • The Salisbury Arms Large but homely pub that does a great Sunday roast, and more (XH)

(Slightly) Further Afield

  • The Witchery Multiple-award winning restaurant just in front of the castle. Booking essential. (BHS)
  • Wildfire Specialises in Scottish steak and seafood. Really fantastic steak, and if you phone about 3 or more days in advance they say they can get any size and any cut of meat you would like. Booking recommended. (BHS)
  • Hanams Kurdish and Middle Eastern. They have no licence, BYO wine and beer, no corkage. (VJM)
  • Steak Edinburgh. Three restaurants for meat-lovers (fancy steak, more affordable steak, and burgers). "Where beauty meats the beast" (CL)
  • Ghillie-Dhu. Restaurant/ pub that also has a ceilidh every Friday! (TMB)
  • El-Cartel One of the best mexican food place in town, fish taco! (YY)
  • Cafe Andaluz Good Tapas near prince street (YY)


Near Appleton Tower

  • Brew Lab, 6-8 South College Street. Different beans and different brewing methods; cake, pastries sandwiches; slightly student-y vibe. (VJM)
  • Press Coffee. Probably the closest good coffee place to Appleton Tower, popular with academics (VJM)
  • Kilimanjaro Run by the same guys as Press Coffee, same good coffee, more studenty-feel. En route between Pollock Halls and Appleton Tower.(VJM)
  • Hula Smoothies too! Very close to the Grassmarket Hotel (VJM)

Further Afield

  • Wellington Coffee Run by the same guys as Press Coffee, best place for coffee when on Princes Street (VJM)
  • Artisan Roast IMHO Edinburgh's best coffee roaster. Very chilled out (VJM)

Whisky shopping

  • Don't buy whisky at the airport, it'll be overpriced at best and disappointing most of the time
  • Go to WM Cadenhead near the bottom of the royal mile, and either pick something from the "big board" or just ask the big ginger guy what he's drinking and get that


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