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 Deacon Brodies Tavern, Royal Mile, Edinburgh


Deacon Brodies Tavern
435 Lawnmarket

Tel: 0131 225 6531
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Real Ale * Wine Selection * Restaurant
Bar Food * Function Room * Town/City Pubs

About the Pub
  This traditional style pub on the Royal Mile is named after William Brodie who was, by day, a respectable, wealthy town council member and Deacon of the CabinetMakers Guild. By night his social life was one long round of gambling and drinking in the tavern. In 1786 he began to commit robberies to pay for his gambling debts. He would make wax key impressions whilst working in the homes of wealthy citizens and then return at night to burgle them. He was eventually caught when one of his assistants gave Kings evidence in order to try and get himself a lesser sentence. William Brodie was sentenced to hang on October 1st 1788, strangely enough, on the gallows he designed and built himself. Food is available both in the bar and upstairs in the restaurant which can cater for up to 70 people. Keg beers and a decent selection of malt whiskies are offered. The house wine is exceptionally good. Because of its location the bar is always busy throughout the year with tourists and regulars alike.!
Linda - Aug 2000
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How to find us
    The Lawnmarket is situated directly outside Edinburgh Castle entrance. Deacon Brodies is on the left hand side on the corner of N. Bank Street.  
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We had a fantastic time and meal here. The staff were just so friendly the banter was great. Well done to the the two lassies who were run off their feet but smiled all the time especially the one from Aberdeen via America!!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

Mike Postus
Great Place
On a one day visit to Edinburgh (not nearly enough by the way) we were lucky enough to find the Deacon Brodie Pub. had lunch and a few beers.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Let me taste the various beers so I order one I knew I would enjoy. Ian was fantastic, and talked us into trying Haggis, which was delicious! Can't say enough about how welcoming the people were.

It would be my everyday pub if I wasn't in the US instead of Edinburgh!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

André R Allard
food and services excellent
we had lunch last 21 09 2011
very pleasant place.My wife Claudette and myself André
enjoyed our luch.from ste-Julie Quebec, Canada
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Stefanie Nishio
good food
loved the atmosphere and although it may not seem a place for breakfast, they have the best Scottish breakfast ever! a bit confused about the service at first (didnt realize we had to go up to the bar to order), but very accommodating and nice.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Rating: rosettes

linda wood
poor service
The staff in the restaurant unfriendly and unwelcoming. When I asked for a table, I was ordered to Wait 2 minutes While I appreciate the need to employ foreign staff, I expect at the very least courteous service. The food was deplorable and had to be sent back. I had a foreign visitor and he was not impressed. This usd to be a great restaurant. Customer Service is very important -the manager needs to get on top of this now!!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Gillian McKee
Horrible treatment from 'Manageress'
We went into this pub and asked the lady behind the bar what beers she had- she listed off a very impressive amount of beers so unknowingly we said 'but what about on draft?' and she said 'THAT IS DRAFT' in the rudest tone. So we ordered a Stella and she gave it to my husband. I then asked if she had red wine and she said yes I asked whether they were small bottles or big ones and found out that they had large ones only so being a very frequent wine drinker i asked if they had been opened long as wine tends to go off if it is left open for a day or so, She said 'WINE DOES NOT GO OFF AND HOW WOULD I KNOW HOW OLD THEY ARE SINCE I JUST GOT HERE AN HOUR AGO!' I said well can I try one - She said NO! WE DONT DO SAMPLES' I asked if I bought some wine and it had turned could i get it changed and she said NO! So I just said ok I will take a glass of Rioja thanks. SHE THEN PROCEEDED TO SNAP THE GLASS OF BEER OFF MY HUSBAND AND TELL US THAT WE HAD A PROBLEM AND THAT WE NEEDED TO LEAVE! I COULDNT BELIEVE IT. SHE CAME AROUND THE BAR AND STARTED TO PUSH MY HUSBAND OUT OF THE PUB - PHYSICALLY - HE WAS NOT HAPPY THAT SHE WAS TOUCHING HIM SO HE SAID SO - SHE PUSHED US TOWARDS THE DOOR AND TOLD US TO GET OUT. We asked to speak to the manager and she said she was the manager(not sure if I believe that) She would not tell us her name either!! I have never been so disprepected in my life. We had come to Edinburgh for the Rugby International between Scotland and Ireland and had been having a great time exploring Edinburgh. This totally put a dampner on our holiday and I am going to write to the company personally. I would NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE !
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

John More
Disagree with SDMilne, was in on 28th August, yes staff were run off their feet, but were very friendly and the food was gorgeous,,, would definatley go back there,
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Rating: rosettes

S D Milne
The service was terrible, took an hour to served, food was terrible. One meal had to be sent back, as it was not well done as asked for. when it eventually came back, it was no better and the fried eggs on top were burnt black. needless to say we did not pay for it.
On leaving we wrote a comment in the book, but say the waiter tear the page out.
We will never darken the door again

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

fuck me
lovely pub
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

loved every min of it
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

went with my partner on valentines day for a meal,absolutley great meal,great service and great atmosphere.good traditional pub grub.thanks
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Rating: rosettes

What a great time!
I highly recommend this pub to anyone touring on the Royal Mile. The atmosphere was fantastic and the locals we met made our trip to Scotland one we will remember forever.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Angela Carter
was at Deacons on Saturday 15th November, the South African rugby was on, there was one waiter and two girls, they were very busy, and exceptionally pleasant to everyone, the food was gorgeous, i would certainly go there the next time i'm in Edinburgh and would recommend to my friends when i go home.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Don't go there
We went to Deacon Brodies on the 26 October 2008, I had the Steak Pie with Roast pots and veg. Disgusting mess, the pie looked like it had been kept warm for too long, and the pastry (if you could call it that) was black and had dried up edges, when first delivered I thought it was just gravy which was making it look dark 'til I looked closer, the 'steak' very little and one piece was just fact, the pots were nice (surprisingly) but the vegetables were overcooked. We tried to call a waitress over but they were too busy, and no one came to us to ask if everything was OK, until when the plates needed collecting, then when I told her it was unsatisfactory, she just reported it to the management, no apology, nothing at all, end of .... Altogether it was an apalling meal.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Rating: No rosettes

Robert Wintle
Surprise Visit
My wife and myself was on tour from South Africa on the 22nd August 2008. We walked the streets of the old town and at lunch time we entered your tavern. We got the surprise of our lives at the beauty of the tavern. The service was good, the food was good and then it started to rain outside and within minutes the tavern was pack and everyone was chatting away, from spanish to us speaking in Afrikaans our home language. The manager/owner was running around serving the clients. Hey man was it one of the coolest pub we visited. Long live Deacon Brodie.
Robert and Rita Wintle
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Steven and Shane we believe are still in the States, Elvis married Jess about a year ago and are living in Canada
Monday, July 28, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Heather Thomson
I used to drink in this pub back in 1980. It was one of my favourite places to go. I wasn't sure if it still existed but I recently met someone from Scotland and they told me that the Pub still existed. I still think about my time in Scotland all the time and hope to get back to the Pub one day. I live in New Zealand
Friday, July 25, 2008
Rating: rosettes

quaint & very friendly
I was in Deacon Brodies at the beginning of December with my grandchildren, we were upstairs in the restaurant, where the staff do a great job and were very friendly, especially to the boys. The food was excellent, I had the salmon and prawn salad, beautiful, my husband had the steak pie, home made scrummy. Deacons is well worth a visit when you are in Edinburgh.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Rating: rosettes

absolutely wonderfull...
well on my travels i had a drink and a meal in deacon brodies quite a few times in fact.the service was great in the bar.the manager maclain wilson couldnt have been more helpfull,his warm greeting at the door was delightfull...the restaurant manager jackie made the atmosphere wonderfull.the food was awesome,great home-cooked and all local produce,overall if visiting edinburgh this pub/restaurant is well worth a visit..u wont be dissapointed..
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Rating: rosettes

claire is still livin there last i heard had an office job. steve went to the states with shane and elvis was gone before i started there.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Deacons class of 2004
As well as 'Shane' does anyone else know what happened to the rest of the crew, the likes of the other irish gang, claire and steve, wasnt there an elvis as well???They knew how to get the crowd going and were absolutly off their heads,
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Clarence Flamboyant
Shane, the sexy Irish bartender in question, was last seen in New York, NY. This is truly a great loss for Britain. I hear that on his travels he was seen raping and pilaging in Seattle, before moving his conquests to NY. His era, the class of 2004 Deacons staff, will not be outdone. Truly they were the life of the Deacon. Since thier departure, it is as if the very soul has been ripped out of Deacon Brodies. RIP. Keep crowning them bottles, Hey Jude.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Children allowed.
We too were very tired from our touring. We stopped in the pub for a quick pint and some chips. We had our four children with us. We sat upstairs and had a wonderful break. The service was very friendly! Don't know if things have changed but we had no problems with our children in tow. Oh and it was 4 o'clock when we visited.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Fiona Bell
not very friendly
I was really disappointed At 2 o'clock in the afternoon I wanted a quick refresh before continuing the royal mile atmosphere BUT no Children allowed even sitting at a table. Why was this not advertised at the door- embarassing and frustrating being chucked out and not even a drunk insight. The bar man was no help and could not even give me his head office address.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Rating: No rosettes

Friday, September 8, 2006
Rating: No rosettes

David please get the facts straight
Im pretty appalled and humored by Davids response to the Glenmorangie experience he suffered, i am the barman in question, i think what David is forgetting is that i was explaining to some tourists which Whisky i think was the best and how to drink it, Glenmorangie being my choice of malt, it is very sad that this gentleman would take great offence that i may have pronounced this wonderfull drink in such a manner, isnt the point being that i do have the knowledge of the product and that i was doing my very best at promoting the product too, which i am very very sure the tourists thoroughly enjoyed, i suspect they were secretly enjoying the interference from Davidwho was a little Ott in my book too!!!!
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Rating: No rosettes

Andrew Hennesey
The pub at the top of the mound
My wife and a friend of mine from San Fransisco went up here to relax and listen to Graeme E. Pearson. Just before Christmas. He did not dissapoint. Well worth the addmission charge - Free. I'm going to bring my Mother-in-Law next time. Great atmosphere and a fine meal too.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Rating: rosettes

David Anson
Ya shoulda known better!
As a very frequent patron I have come to appreciate the style and character of this pub. It's such a shame that they have management who cannot properly pronounce the name of one of the leading single malts and takes it as a personal affront when offered the benefit of the knowledge of someone qualified to comment! I had the sad misfortune to have to witness a senior staff member repeatedly misinform four tourists seeking knowledge of single malts. The person concerned insisted on calling GlenMORangie GlenmorANGie and sought to ridicule and patronise me in front of others when I pointed out, quietly and calmly, that it rhymes with Orangey when pronounced correctly. I explained that the stress is on the first vowel in Gaelic, that TV adverts correctly pronounce it, and that he would be likely to be far less politely corrected were he to pronounce it in his incorrect manner in its area of creation! Such a shame to have to witness such a travesty when this excellent hostelry figures so highly in Scottish and Edinburgh social culture! Surely professionals should have the knowledge and the good manners that this person so singularly lacked? Lest I be accused of sour grapes (or should it be sour barley?) I still recommended several tourists to the Deacon Brodie for lunch today - the day after our contretent! Did I mention that I studied onomastics (names) as an honours module for my MA, or that I have worked as a guide in the whisky industry, or that I was trained in presentation and retail sale of whisky, that I still work in tourism, or that I am a passionate fan of said Glenmorangie!!!
Friday, October 1, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

E'dios Budvar
Only keg!
No Cask No Task.
Friday, February 20, 2004
Rating: rosettes

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435 Lawnmarket

Tel: 0131 225 6531
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