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The Guildford Arms

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingExcellent1
Harviestoun - Old Engine Oil (superseded on draught by 4.5% version)Excellent1
Harviestoun - LibertyGood1
Fyne - JarlGood1
Fuller's - London PrideGood1
Strathbraan - Due SouthGood1
Harviestoun - Bitter & TwistedGood1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Caledonian - 80/-Not Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark IslandNot Tried0
Milestone - CrusaderNot Tried0
Hilden - Molly Malone's PorterNot Tried0
An Teallach - AleNot Tried0
Fyne - Piper's GoldNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregorNot Tried0
Stewart - Edinburgh GoldNot Tried0
Strathaven - Clydesdale IPANot Tried0
Cairngorm - WildcatNot Tried0
Stewart - Pentland IPANot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's SpecialNot Tried0
Great Heck - CitraNot Tried0
Alechemy - Rhapsody PaleNot Tried0
Knops - Black CorkNot Tried0
Sonnet 43 - Freely, Purely Champagne BeerNot Tried0
Oakham - Green Devil IPANot Tried0
Alechemy - RitualNot Tried0
Drygate - Conan MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

Visits Details

25 Nov 2015 (HSB)
13:45 Off the train from London and straight in here for haggis, neeps, and tatties. Very busy.
Fyne - Jarl3.80GoodVanilla notes
Strathbraan - Due South3.80GoodGood session beer
Stewart - Pentland IPA4.10Not Tried
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Not Tried
Alechemy - Ritual4.10Not Tried
Knops - Black Cork6.50Not Tried
Drygate - Conan Mild4.30Not Tried
04 Jul 2014 (HSB)
21:00 Last stop before getting a train to Perth. Very busy as usual.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90Excellent
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Not Tried
Strathaven - Clydesdale IPA3.80Not Tried
Cairngorm - Wildcat5.10Not Tried
Stewart - Pentland IPA4.10Not Tried
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried
Great Heck - Citra4.50Not Tried
Alechemy - Rhapsody Pale3.80Not Tried
Knops - Black Cork6.50Not Tried
Sonnet 43 - Freely, Purely Champagne Beer6.80Not Tried
24 Aug 2007 (Ian)
The one pub that I really wanted to come back to in Edinburgh as I had such fond memories of it. Perhaps it was because it was so full and so hot due to the Edinburgh Festival, but it was a little uncomfortable. Still a fabulous bar and the architecture is superb. Numerous handpumps with a line of beers from Caledonian and a line from Harviestoun.
Harviestoun - Old Engine Oil (superseded on draught by 4.5% version)6.00ExcellentSofter in cask that in bottle. Tarry, good espresso, great mouthfeel. Really rather good. NIce tarry bitter finish. A lot wider in the mouthfeel than the oilier bottled beer. Great to find this on cask.
Harviestoun - Bitter & Twisted3.80GoodNice tea and citrus, but nowhere near the explosion of flavour and aroma when I had this beer here for the first time 5 years ago.
Harviestoun - Liberty4.10GoodGold, lasting white head. Typical Harviestoun beer with good citrus flavours.
12 Mar 2006 (Charles)
Had given some friends a lift through to Edinburgh and stopped for lunch in the balcony restaurant area. Friendy service. Sat by the railings where I could see the ales blackboard. Two new ones appeared just in the hour we were there.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10GoodNot bad for a mass produced ale. Tasty and nicely balanced.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Caledonian - 80/-4.10Not Tried
Harviestoun - Bitter & Twisted3.80Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Not Tried
Milestone - Crusader4.40Not Tried
Hilden - Molly Malone's Porter4.60Not Tried
An Teallach - Ale4.20Not Tried
Fyne - Piper's Gold3.80Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregor4.00Not Tried
Stewart - Edinburgh Gold4.80Not Tried

About The Guildford Arms

The pub sign. The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of, EH2 2AA.

Fantastic Victorian pub. Real ale drinkers' heaven. Go and visit. Ten hand pulls.

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EH2 2AA