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 Dirty Dicks, Rose Street, Edinburgh


Dirty Dicks
159 Rose St

Tel: 0131 260 9920
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About the Pub
  This is a contradictory place indeed. Named after a supposedly historical character in the days before plumbing whose job it was to remove night soil from houses, Dirty Dick's is in fact an upmarket place. There has benn a pub here since 1859, though today it is almost like a bistro. With at least half a dozen real beers at any one time, a dozen or so malt whiskies and a decent wine list, they put a lot of effort into the food. Cooked in-house with a high class menu, they serve food till 10pm during the week, 7pm at weekends. Given the quality it is not surprising that for both food and drink this place is on the expensive side. The decor is a clutter of bric-a-brac on the walls, with old toys, military uniforms and musical instruments; with the low ceiling and subdued lighting, it has a comfortable, almost homely atmosphere. Another place where candles are a fixture, there is what can only be called a candle sculpture opposite the bar which is unique. During the week they do a good trade with business types and tourists. At the weekends they have a more sedate atmosphere than many of the other pubs nearby, with a lot of people booking in for early dinner then staying on to have a few drinks - very civilised. The staff wear waistcoats, and though upmarket it is not obnoxiously so. Even the Fifer had to admit that, grudgingly. They have a couple of outside tables, making it a grand place in the summer to sit and watch the world go by. Definitely a place with a character all its own. Amenities fine and accessible.
Stuart McHardy - Edinburgh and Leith Pub Guide - 2000
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New owner
New Ownership
Hello fellow pub-lovers,
I just wanted you to know that Dirty Dick's is under new ownership, so please not to judge us by previous comments! Fresh fresh food and very carefully kept ales. We'd also love to think our staff are happy and well looked after.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Rating: rosettes

What is this latest trend in Edinburgh pubs all about? Every pub you go into now in the afternoon has reserved signs from a certain time on the tables. Since when could you reserve a table in a pub? Or is this the staff keeping tables for regulars and friends?
Friday, April 1, 2016
Rating: No rosettes

Food made me ill
Sorry but nice pub and service but I ate there last night 08.03.2012 and had bangers and mash and it made me very ill.

The sausages were reheated and gave me a very upset stomach.This was my experience.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

they are dicks!
They are all dicks over there. Suck my dick who own this place. I have worked there like a fool to be fired because i was trying to serve a pint to a scottish customer.
Dirty dicks, yes they are!!!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Very attractive place
I liked a lot the interior decoration. And the staff was very kind with me (a poor French girl who lost her wallet). I really recommand this pub.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Nice to visit but dodgy to work
I am another in the growing list of staff that has left this establishment unhappy. The place is run purely for profit with no thought for the staff. I have been shortchanged on many occasions and never more so with tips, the staff who deserve them see barely a fraction of what they take. The only thing that made it bareable was the staff who somehow put up with the crap and make it fun still.
Good eating! (this isnt a real pub)
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Rating: No rosettes

One of a kind
I have visited Dirty Dicks regularly over the past 2 years & have always found it to be first class. The food is lovley, the decor & atmosphere is extremely unique. It never lets me down!
Monday, October 10, 2005
Rating: rosettes

gary mckenzie
losing it
been a regular dinner at dirty dicks but latley the standard of service has dropped, influx of forgein labour, try not to speak in a scottish accent as they cant understand you. my partner orderd baked tattie with trout the potato(tattie) was rock hard, we returned it only to be told all the tatties were hard and not cooked, time 7pm! a chef that cant bake a tattie i ask you! we asked for the dish back minus the tatie only to be given salmon in the confusion, we couldnt complain a second time as we had already caused a fuss and felt intimidated with the chef and waiters glancing at us and left the meal, staff tried to be as helpfull as poss but not going back
Friday, October 7, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Paula Badger BSc(Hons)
Dining experience in quaint pub with atmosphere.
I took American guests there and now as a concierge/tour guide I am recommending it again. The place is reached via the back of Jury's Inn and not recommended passage at night time. Taxis do take you to this place safely. It has an atmosphere that is accentric, and fun, and the food is good. Staff were delightful in seeing to my guests needs. What is written can be said of most transient workers conditions. I recommend getting there early in the evening and taking a taxi back to your hotel.
Thursday, September 8, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Ally & Kev
good food
soup & baguette deal is a winner any day of the week!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Rating: rosettes

These guys employ backpackers for staff so they can exploit their vulnerable circumstances. They never pay their staff holiday pay, they keep the tips and pay under the minimum wage. The staff turnover there is very high. The same company own The Bad Ass next door and Clever Dicks on the Royal Mile
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

I worked here
Worst place i have ever worked, and that is saying something!
Friday, August 13, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

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Dirty Dicks
159 Rose St

Tel: 0131 260 9920
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