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Halfway House (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark IslandExceptional1
Broughton - Clipper IPAExcellent1
Sulwath - The GraceExcellent1
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Foxy BlondeExcellent2
Belhaven - Caledonian Deuchars IPAExcellent1
Broughton - Autumn SessionExcellent1
Broughton - Greenmantle 80/-Good1
Orkney (Sinclair) - 3 Sisters Scottish Ale (Atlas range)Good1
Sulwath - KnockendochGood1
Stewart - Pentland IPAGood1
An Teallach - Beginn DeargGood1
Cromarty - Happy ChappyAcceptable1
Strathbraan - Eighty BobAcceptable1
Broughton - Reiver IPAAcceptable1
Belhaven - EPA (Edinburgh Brewing Co.)Acceptable1
Harviestoun - Bitter & TwistedNot Tried0
Frog Island - That Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Stewart - Edinburgh No. 3Not Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Latitude Pilsner (Atlas range)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Halfway House, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

Visits Details

13 Nov 2019 (ChrisE)
A relaxing early afternoon drink. One of my favourite Edinburgh pubs.
Broughton - Autumn Session4.20Excellent
08 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Early evening visit after a superb visit to the Caledonian Brewery. The Tenents drinkers were no longer sitting in front of the handpumps so I can now list all the beers. I brought three friends here and they liked the place. Still one of the Edinburgh pubs that refuses to use auto vacs.
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Foxy Blonde3.80Excellent
Sulwath - Knockendoch5.00Good
Orkney (Sinclair) - Latitude Pilsner (Atlas range)3.60Not Tried
Sulwath - The Grace4.30Not Tried
08 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Saturday lunchtime and very pleasant.
Sulwath - The Grace4.30Excellent
26 Nov 2015 (HSB)
14:00 Last stop before the journey home. Fairly busy. Always a good pub for beer choice but changed hands and went off the boil. Back on form.
An Teallach - Beginn Dearg3.80GoodBest of the three beers
Cromarty - Happy Chappy4.10AcceptableBit sharp
Strathbraan - Eighty Bob4.40AcceptableNot as rich and smooth as I would expect
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
05 Mar 2013 (Mick)
Very busy, very popular pub it seems.
Stewart - Pentland IPA4.10GoodAverage for the style.
Harviestoun - Bitter & Twisted3.80Not Tried
Frog Island - That Old Chestnut4.60Not Tried
Stewart - Edinburgh No. 34.30Not Tried
16 Jun 2011 (Flying.geordie)
Born in the Borders (formerly Scottish Borders) - Foxy Blonde3.80Excellent
Orkney (Sinclair) - 3 Sisters Scottish Ale (Atlas range)4.20Good
26 Apr 2010 (Flying.geordie)
Busy late afternoon session.
Broughton - Clipper IPA4.20Excellent
24 Aug 2007 (Ian)
After the Glasgow pub crawl the night before, none of us were in very good shape. This was the first pub on the Edinburgh crawl on the Friday and probably suffered from us not paying too much attention. The haggis lunch was very nice and the landlord was very good about hosting such a large group in such a small pub. Full of atmosphere and one I would recommend to visitors as it is so close to the station.
Broughton - Greenmantle 80/-4.20GoodGold, lasting beige head. It’s fine. Citrusy bitter with some tangerine. Good condition, decent hop on end and nice citrus flavours overall. Considering I had a whopping hangover, this was perfectly acceptable.
Broughton - Reiver IPA3.80AcceptableGold, lasting white head. Fine. It’s a standard gollden bitter, soft in the mouth.
Belhaven - EPA (Edinburgh Brewing Co.)3.40AcceptableFine, a little bit light in the mouth due to the lowish ABV, some caramel/hop. Fine.
15 Mar 2007 (Colin)
Lovely little place with a warm welcome tucked down a side street with four ale engines.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Dark Island4.60Exceptional
Belhaven - Caledonian Deuchars IPA3.80Excellent

About the Halfway House

The pub sign. Halfway House, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of, EH1 1BX.

Halfway up from Waverley railway station to the Old High Street is this famous pub in Fleshmarket Close. Small and cosy. There is a small corner bar that has 4 handpulls. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year several times over.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 20 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EH1 1BX