The Black Bull

4.3
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26 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub

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Casual
Black Bull’s Scottish gastropub literally stands in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
We pride ourselves on serving freshly prepared classic pub grub and a great selection of local cask beers & ales which change weekly. If you fancy a nip with your pint or your meal you won’t be disappointed.

Please note that we can only accept a maximum party size of 6, from a maximum of 2 separate households.

Following the Scottish Government advice, wearing of a face covering upon arrival and when moving around the venue is mandatory.
What 26 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening. Parents came up to visit and it's become a bit of a tradition to go to the Black Bull each year now. Lovely food and the online menu made everything simple.

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AmandaG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff were amazing, 1st bar we have been in since lockdow lifted but enjoyed the banter with staff, food was nice and service was great

CB
ChrisB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Table for two booked for drinks only although the menu did look great, very friendly staff, well organised in the current climate.

JC
JillC
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bog standard bar meal , great location. Staff were doing their best given all that’s going on , very Covid safe aware .

GJ
GeorgeJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good times. Looked after well. Will be back again sometime

EH
EdwardH
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well organised, good atmosphere and great value. Service efficient and friendly

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KayleighE
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service and would return. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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junee
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent fish and chips, served hygienically by cheery waiting staff. Eating out to help out - but would again

MW
MarkW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the staff were all very friendly and helpful through tough times at the moment they made us feel very comfortable. We had a brilliant night!

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Becky
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely amazing. Very friendly staff and extremely great food! Will definitely be back again!!

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CoopC
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Did not have food, so put poor out of frustration for a 'did not have food' option.

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Jools
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really relaxed lunch time dining. Staff were all very friendly and attentive. The Mac n Cheese was amazing. Enjoyed and felt very safe. Will be back and definately recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Staff were great. Food awesome

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AmyT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing staff amazing food great value for money

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JohnF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great pub with value for money food in a fantastic location. The staff could not be more helpful

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Was nice but the menu on open table isn’t the menu in the pub which put us off and we ended up leaving after 1 drink as it wasn’t what we expected.

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RossCo
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Came across a member of staff who had an attitude, but other than that was good

JD
JamesD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well run and conforming to Covid conditions well. Service was good at the bar and hygiene was well observed

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YvonneB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience3

Didn’t eat here so that’s why low number, but food did look good, so maybe next time.

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so nice to have a bit of normality back. hot temperature taken before going in so felt like it was a safe environment. Food was good :) will return!

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IreneW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After booking on the Thursday via OpenTable for a Sat 3pm booking, I received a VM from the BlackBull on the Sat @ 11:22 advising they were cancelling as the booking should not have been given as the rugby was on. This left me with little time to organise another booking. Not impressed.

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Hazelm
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had a good time but the booking though open table DID NOT WORK, IF YOU WANT TO BOOK IT HAS TO BE ON THE PHONE to them. This is a bit frustrating as why have they not taken this off the site?

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DianeP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't like our meal what we had was tasteless,really noisy,table just inside front door was really cold.On arriving they didn't have our name on their list.Steak which my husband had was inedible don't like to complain but wasn't happy.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived for our reservation they said they didn’t take reservations from open table during Fringe Festival and didn’t have one for us. They made no offer to accommodate us. We had a lovely dinner at Beehive next door. I’d recommend there.

JS
JohnS
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived on time to be told by member of staff that Black Bull did not accept bookings. They had no knowledge of open table.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

They don’t use open table so on the day of the Military Tattoo when Edinburgh was packed my table booking wasn’t valid. Then had great trouble finding something else in a short time frame for 6 people. Perhaps not the black bulls fault and the staff were very helpful considering how packed it was but left hungry.

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The Black Bull is rated 4.3 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

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