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Rooftop Terrace at Cold Town House - Cold Town House, Edinburgh,

Cold Town House

4.3
4.3
1033 Reviews
£25 and under
Brewery
Craft beer brewed on-site, delicious Neapolitan pizzas and one of the best views of Edinburgh Castle from our Rooftop Terrace. Cold Town House is where it’s happening.

Best Beer Bar Winner at the Scottish Beer Awards 2021 & National Pizza Awards Finalist 2021!

FOUR DIFFERENT AREAS

* The Brewhouse - Our main restaurant and drinks area is a cool wooden interior with references to beer throughout. It's all about atmosphere! Dog-friendly.

* Pizza & Prosecco Floor - A gorgeous interior on our first floor. Our microbrewery and pizza oven are on this floor, so you can watch our team in action as they cook and brew for you.

* Rooftop Terrace - Cocktails, beers and an exclusive food menu served under a glorious view of Edinburgh Castle. Our iconic rooftop is perfect for any outdoor occasion

* Grassmarket Garden - *coming soon*

Last bookings for food are at 8.45pm, later bookings will only be for drinks. Please note that our Terrace closes at 10pm daily.

Walk-ins welcome!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 48 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Brewery, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–23:00 Fri 12:00–00:00 Sat 12:00–01:00

  • Phone number

    0131 357 2865

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    With three floors we have something for everyone.Call 0131 357 2865 to speak with a member of our events team. Or for more information on our bespoke packages and to arrange a visit please send an email to: reservations@coldtownhouse.co.uk.Enquire today and let us create something extra special for you and your guests.

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,033 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Most Booked

  • Edinburgh

    Outdoor Eating

  • Edinburgh

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Edinburgh

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, staff very helpful
  2. JA

    JoanaA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Good ambience, fun, service could improve. Lovely mocktails and good food.
  3. S

    Scotty

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun rooftop bar with great view of the castle. Great service & decent food. Would recommend.
  4. W

    Will

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to Cold Town House for an early lunch before a Fringe show on Sunday the 7th of August. I’d booked us a table on the roof terrace and it’s just as gorgeous as the photos. Staff were super friendly and attentive. We ordered the haggis loaded fries and Nonna’s meatballs from the Grazing section of the menu. The loaded fries were excellent. The haggis was lovely, there was plenty of it, the fries were crisp and there was plenty of them. The bacon was lovely small pieces from thin rashers which was great, I thought it might have been lardons which wouldn’t have been as good. The peppercorn sauce was also plentiful and delicious. The meatballs were large and came with plenty of sauce. I loved the garlic bread, it had a nice chewiness to the crust and it made me want to try the pizza next time, they all sound delicious. We also ordered charred jalapeño mayo and roast garlic mayo from the dips section of the menu. These appeared as £1 on the menu but we were charged £2 on the bill. It’s only £2 overcharge but shouldn’t have happened. I’d already paid and we were in a rush so I didn’t bother raising it with the staff. But I’d advise double checking your bill. To drink we had two alcohol free cocktails which were both incredible, and although they were £6 each, they felt like they were worth it. Overall, the experience was fantastic and I can’t wait to go again. The staff, drinks and food were all phenomenal. Just double check the bill before you pay.
  5. LO

    LouO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Cheap night club/sports bar vibe. More than one hen-do on the go. Not for kids. Website makes it look much more up market than it is. Only reason we didn’t turn around and go elsewhere is they’d have £5 per person as a no show. Food was ok, decor maybe looks better if you’re drunk.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perthshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The cocktails were poorly made! One tasted so sour we couldn’t drink it and another was so sweet it tasted Like drinking squash juice straight! We also had terrible service and had to get up and go to the counter to get staff to even notice us. The location and look of the bar was nice, but we will not be back due to horrendous cocktails and poor service. Sorry to say this as we were really looking forward to our visit.
  7. SS

    SusanS

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and staff lovely, especially the girl who served us, would recommend
  8. L

    Lauren

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Overall really enjoyed our visit. Beautiful setting, lovely food, would definitely come back again.
  9. RS

    RogerS

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent situation with adequate ambience good service and atmosphere.
  10. C

    Claire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was slow, had to repeatedly ask for things, also didn’t get things did ask for (eg. a spoon) Food was good, staff were friendly but wouldn’t return or recommended due to service.

    Cold Town HouseResponded todayThanks for the review Claire, Sorry to hear that the service on the day let you down, that is not the standards that we set ourselves. We will use you feedback to further improve and hope you can try us again. Thanks Jamie

  11. L

    Leanna

    West Lothian

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Cocktails were delicious( I had the Margarita and it was just lovely). Even though the fries were very overdone, we pointed it out and the staff replaced them with perfectly cooked fries. The rooftop bar was beautiful and it had a lovely ambience. Fantastic service from the staff who were attentive and happy to please. Very nice place for food and/or drinks

    Cold Town HouseResponded todayThanks for the 5* Leanna. Glad to hear your fries were fixed swiftly and you enjoyed your visit so much. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks

  12. A

    Annonous

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Poor service, had to ask 4 times to place a food order. No one came to tske a 2nd drinks order. Requested side plates, 15 mins later they gave us 2 rather then the 3 needed. Went to order and was told some of the food marked as vegetarian on the menu was an error as it contained meat. It started to rain and took staff 15 mins to get the cover on so everyone and their food was drenched. The rain cover does not cover all seating areas.

    Cold Town HouseResponded todayThanks for taking the time to right us a review. Sincerest apologies to hear that your service was way off our usual standards. We will use your valuable feedback to help improve. Thanks Jamie

  13. LC

    LouiseC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza was amazing 🤩 very quiet in Prosecco bar as could only prebook early in evening

    Cold Town HouseResponded 7 days agoLouisec, thank you so much for the positive review! Best pizza ever? We think so! Hope to see you back again soon!

  14. G

    Geordie

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Thank you for an amazing night, we were there recently for an informal business meeting. The service was first rate, we probably enjoyed the hospitality a little too much but look forward to going there again! Cheers, Mark,

    Cold Town HouseResponded 7 days agoThanks for the great review Mark! Did your informal meeting involve a beer tower? That’s our kind of meeting! Hope to see you again soon, Thanks again.

  15. AG

    AnushkaG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Overall a disappointing experience at the roof top terrace. With regards to facilities, some of the overhead heaters were broken, the area our booking was it allocated was dirty when we got there. The wait staff were all chatting to each other, not attentive or inclined to serve/ help anyone. Drinks took 20 mins to arrive, the food was very average, our group of 6's dishes came 1 hour and 20 mins after our order was put in and when the food arrived ingredients were missing from more than half the dishes ordered. When queried waiting times was told that the kitchen was backed up and things would arrive as they were made. The pizzas were cold and the bases were chewy, also the toppings were skimpy, have had better at Dominos! The wait staff didn't inform us that the kitchen was closing so when we finished eating and went to order desert was told that the kitchen was already closed. When we mentioned that we were not informed or asked if we wanted anything further before the kitchen closed the wait staff shrugged shoulders and didn't seem bothered though he did suggest that we could go somewhere else for desert. Overall worst service experience I've had in Edinburgh, would not recommend going there, many better places to go to. All 6 people in my group were disappointed with the standard of cleanliness, facilities, food and service.

    Cold Town HouseResponded todayHello Anushka, Sincerest apologies from us all that your recent visit missed the mark completely. Going forward this feedback is incredibly valuable to us as we look to improve our standards and the each guests experience. Hope you can try us again in the near future.

  16. SS

    SusanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find! The open air terrace in the shadow of the awesome castle above was beautifully bedecked with colourful flowers and quirky seating. We had pizza and beers which were delicious and the service friendly and efficient. A sunny day made all the difference I’m sure but the ambience was great- perfect for meeting up for a bite and a chat.

    Cold Town HouseResponded 7 days agoSusans, your wonderful feedback and rating mean a lot to us. Thank you again for leaving us this response! Jamie

  17. AS

    AnnabelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It had rained earlier the day we came so was lovely and quiet, food and service were good, would definitely come again!

    Cold Town HouseResponded 7 days agoAnnabels, thank you so much for your high rating! We look forward to your next visit! Take care! Jamie

  18. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were very friendly. We were on the terrace with a good view of the castle. Had a great afternoon. Only intended to stay about 2 hrs but ended up about 4hrs as it was so nice.

    Cold Town HouseResponded 7 days agoDavidb, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We're looking forward to your next visit with us! Jamie

  19. AM

    AnnM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in rooftop terrace. Great food, drink and service and of course the great view of the castle! Would have no hesitation in recommending this venue.
  20. PC

    PaulC

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My only complaint would be that they had no cold town beers on draft and that was the point of visiting, same thing happened on last visit.

    Cold Town HouseResponded todaySorry to hear about the lack of beer on your visit Paul. This had been rectified and the beer tanks are full and pouring great tasting beer! Hope you can try us again soon.

  21. S

    Siggy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here twice always had great food and great service!

    Cold Town HouseResponded 7 days agoThank you again for taking the time to write us a great review siggy!. 3rd time is a charm right? ;)

  22. PV

    PaulV

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We purchased a shirt and asked for a XXL when we got home we discovered it was only an XL, disappointing
  23. ED

    ElaineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebrated my friends 60th birthday on 19/7 and had the best time x we will definitely be back ❤️

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 22 July 2022Elained, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Cold Town House! Thank you again for the great review!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Was here this evening and table was sorted quite quickly good start. Looked at drinks menu, none of this or that left not even cans of minerals ok grand. Ordered the chicken wings, "Sorry none " ok Nonna meatballs? "Nope" ok so what do you have. Pizza Margherita? Yep. Thank god 😂 service very slow for what looked like it wasn't too busy. Seen other customers approach server looking to see where their food was 30mins or so after ordering. Food was nice but price maybe a bit overpriced for what was on offer.
  25. A

    Alicia

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beer we had was a little warm and they ran out of passion fruit margarita. Food was good and no place better to sit and sip while looking at castle

    Cold Town HouseResponded todayThanks for the 4*s Alicia. Sorry to hear we ran out of your cocktail. The pornstar martini you refer to does run out very occasionally on hot day due to the alcoholic slushie machine being high in demand. Normally this should last no longer than 20minutes over the course of a day. Hope to see you again soon!

  26. K

    Kimma

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had reserved table on roof top bar on a lovely sunny day. Great attentive service. Free bottles of water re-filled as often as needed, great awareness of when we wanted to order more drinks. Only disappointment was they did not have a great range of drinks at the rooftop bar and had run out of some of the already limited range they had. However this did not spoil our enjoyment. One of the best bars we visited during our stay regarding service.

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 22 July 2022Kimb, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Cold Town House!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff and food. Venue is excellent with own brews 👍

    Cold Town HouseResponded todayThanks for the 5*s! We have just refilled our tanks with pornstar martini ale and Miami vice beer! Make sure you come in soon to try them! Thanks

  28. A

    Aileen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Nice food and drinks. Tip added to bill without being asked (only a table of 4) and another staff member said we should have been told. Our money is already taxed and would have left a tip without it being taxed again. Off putting that we were told

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 22 July 2022Hi Aileen, thanks for reviewing us. We do add an optional 10% service to each table. As stated on every menu and the bill you receive it is discretionary and can be removed with no hesitation. Hope you can try us again.

  29. AM

    AmandaM

    Glasgow

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    This was the worst service I have ever received at a restaurant. We were not approached by any members of staff the whole 2 hours we were at our table. We waited 30 and then had to ask someone to take our drinks order, we then waited a further 15 and asked someone to take our food order. Any other drinks we ordered we had to stop the staff to take our order Food and drinks were lovely but extremely dissatisfied with the service we received!

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 22 July 2022Amandam, thank you for leaving us feedback on your visit. We are disappointed to hear that your experience was not a positive one.

  30. s

    sarahs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    It was a very busy Saturday. Edinburgh was heaving. We had pre booked the roof terrace and our table was ready, but it took 20 minutes after being seated to order drinks and then another 25 minutes to order food. The 3 staff were rushed off their feet and there were unwashed glasses piled high in view of customers for the 2 hours we were there. Fair price and food was average. The setting is fab and pretty fake flowers make it a relaxing environment, but more staff required.

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 22 July 2022Sarahs, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your experience with us.

  31. HW

    HannahW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Excellent food and beautiful views - a ‘must visit’ spot in Edinburgh for cocktails and pizza. Spoilt a little by slow service due to understaffing on the day.

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Hello Hannahw, thank you; we appreciate your feedback!

  32. ME

    MargaretE

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful character pub with delicious food and drink

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Margarete, we really appreciate your positive review!

  33. RJ

    RachelJ

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Although staff very friendly, there’s not enough of them so the service is terribly slow

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Rachelj, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your experience with us.

  34. GD

    GwendolineD

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service slow Drinks took45 minutes Table in terrace had no heaters. Asked for a gas heater as was cold and told shortages in gas. Didn’t wait for food. Left and ate elsewhere

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Hi Gwedoline. Sorry to hear about your experience, Can you please email us jamie.buchta@signaturepubs.co.uk with some more information about your visit.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lot of fun here. The music was energetic and happy. The waitstaff was perfect. They were all so nice and helpful. I'd definitely come back!

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Opentable Diner, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Cold Town House!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Great expectations but was not fulfilled. Pizza ok. Burger dry and cold. Accessories was never brought to table. Won’t come back again.

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Sorry to hear about your experience. Can you please email us on jamie.buchta@signaturepubs.co.uk with some more information about your visit?

  37. KR

    KirstyR

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant good, service and atmosphere! Loved it and will definitely be back!

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Kirstyr, thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team here at Cold Town House!

  38. Q

    Qsurg

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and beer with roof terrace view of the Castle. Blanket needed even for July!

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 18 July 2022Qsurg, we are so happy to read such a great review about Cold Town House!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    A night club trying to be a restaurant, brew pub, pizza parlor, just too much going on in a very confused environment. Pizza was decent, nothing memorable.
  40. J

    John69

    Kansas City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service began with a beer spill at table by waitress and than she ignored us. Food average but service a disappointment.

    Cold Town HouseResponded on 13 July 2022Sorry to hear your experience wasn’t memorable John. Can you please email us on jamie.buchta@signaturepubs.co.uk with some more information about your visit?

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2 people

19:00


Booked 48 times today
Google Map for Cold Town House

4-6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Edinburgh

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–23:00 Fri 12:00–00:00 Sat 12:00–01:00

  • Cuisines

    Brewery, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0131 357 2865

  • Private party facilities

    With three floors we have something for everyone.Call 0131 357 2865 to speak with a member of our events team. Or for more information on our bespoke packages and to arrange a visit please send an email to: reservations@coldtownhouse.co.uk.Enquire today and let us create something extra special for you and your guests.

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