The Black Bull

4.3
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27 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 27 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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4.1
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sallyr
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I booked at table here because they advertised the eat out to help out 50% off up to £10 had been extended in September from Monday too Friday.
We asked for our bill which took a while to arrive as the waiter had forgotten us - when the bill arrived the discount had not been applied. I raised this with the waiter to be advised it does not apply anymore - I said that all the advertising states this and that I had even checked their Facebook page earlier that day to check - I will still advised no discount. As we were walking out there on the bar was a big poster advertising the scheme so I approached the bar and advised they should take it down as it was false advertising - only to be told that no the offer applies - eventually a refund was processed. The food was ok not fantastic but ok as for the service this was very very poor - I will not be visiting again and would not recommend

The Black Bull
Responded on 24 September 2020

Hi Sallyr I'm sorry to hear that your visit was made unpleasant by what sounds like a bit of miscommunication between the staff. We will have a look into what happened to make sure this doesn't happen again. We would like to invite you back again to give us another try and show you that this was just a one off. If you would like to discuss this more please reach out to us at info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk. Kind regards The Blackbull team

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SamE
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Sam Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. we hope we can keep this tradition up every year! looking forward to seeing you again Team Black Bull

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AmandaG
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Amanda Were so glad we could make your first bar visit since lockdown a positive one! thanks for the great review and for the banter ;) Team Black Bull

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Chris Glad you enjoyed your drinks with us!. come back in to try out the food, we promise its as good as it looks! Team Black Bull

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JillC
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Jill, so glad you enjoyed your meal with us. Covid has been a trying time for us all and were glad we are seen as so Covid aware Team Black Bull

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GeorgeJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi George Glad you felt so well looked after. You're welcome back here any time Team Black Bull

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EdwardH
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Edward Glad you enjoyed your evening with us. were trying hard to keep a good atmosphere post Covid and we're glad that you had a good time. Come back and see us whenever you're around Grassmarket Team Black Bull

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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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Kayleigh Thank you for your lovely review, and thank you for spending your evening with us. you're welcome back any time! Team Black Bull

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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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Junee Glad you enjoyed your fish and chips with us! please feel free to come back any time ! Team Black Bull

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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!

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Mark Thanks for your great review. we know its a strange world right now and were glad we could make you feel so welcomed and safe. visit us any time you find yourself in the Grassmarket Team Black Bull

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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!!

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Becky. Were so glad you had a good evening with us. our staff are very proud of how accommodating they are and will always go out of their way to make you feel welcomed! Come back and see us any time Team Black Bull

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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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi CoopC Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! we would love to have you come back in and try our food so we can get that rating up and really try and impress you! Team Black Bull

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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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Jools. So happy to hear you had a great lunch with us. The mac 'n' cheese is a staff favourite as well . looking forward to seeing you again real soon Team Black Bull

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Staff were great. Food awesome

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi there Glad you had a great time with us. feel free to pop back in whenever you're in Grassmarket Team Black Bull

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AmyT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing staff amazing food great value for money

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi There amy Glad you had such a nice time with us! thank you for your lovely review. hopefully be seeing you soon Team Black Bull

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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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi John we're so happy to hear that you had a great evening with us. our staff always try their best to go out of the way for guests whenever possible and we're glad you got treated the way you deserved! Team Black Bull

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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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi there Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. we're sorry that our full menu wasn't available to you during your visit. post lockdown we had to make some tough choices in order to keep providing our guests with a high level of quality and service and because of this we have had to reduce our menu. Once the world stops being so topsy turvey please drop by and see us again and let us really impress you with our food and service Team Black Bull

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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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Ross Thank you for leaving us the review. we're so sorry your experience wasn't all that it could of been. if you'd like to discuss the matter with management please feel free to email us at info@blackbulledinburgh.co.uk so we can see what went wrong during your visit and what we can do to improve! Team Black Bull

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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

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Jamess Thanks for visiting us and thanks for leaving us this review! you're always welcome back for good service, good drinks and good (Socially distant!) Banter Team Black Bull

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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.

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hey Yvonne Thanks for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. next time youre in grass market pop into us for a meal and let us really wow you with our menu and hopefully get that score up! Team Black Bull

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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!

The Black Bull
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Fiona Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! Covid has been a challenge for all of us and the fact that we were able to make you feel safe and reassured is great to know! please come back and see us whenever you find yourself in Grassmarket.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

FAQs

The Black Bull is rated 4.3 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.