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The Cumberland Bar, Edinburgh,

The Cumberland Bar

4.2
4.2
31 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Cumberland Bar serves Scottish food, real ale, classic wine and spirits in Edinburgh’s New Town. It takes about 15 minutes to reach its location at 1-3 Cumberland Street on foot from Waverley Station. Edinburgh Castle is about a 10 minute drive away from its premises and Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre can be reached within a 10 minute walk. The restaurant uses fresh and organically sourced ingredients to prepare its food including several traditional Scottish recipes are served with a modern flair. Thoughtfully chosen sumptuous dishes find their way on to the specials menu. Sunday is celebrated with a classic roast menu which is updated every week. The pub is famous for serving real ale, local and imported beer and wine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    0131 558 3134
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Stockbridge
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    2 minute walk from closest bus stop on Drummond Place. Bus number: 13.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 31 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

31 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff tried to remove us from our booked table before we even ate because they were short of space. Half of the cask beers were unavailable. Many items on the menu were unavailable. Would never recommend this place.

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  2. CraigL

    Perthshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Popped in on the off chance of getting something to eat and got a table for two. Great beer on barman's recommendation. Food was the usual pub food but great quality. We always visit Edinburgh in late April so will definitely be going back to this great pub next year

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  3. ShellB

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hosted a regular meetup for 15 folks (booked via OpenTable). As ever, fast and friendly service. Plenty of space and relatively quiet during the day, but I do recommend booking if more than 4 folks. Many of us ate too, and it has reasonable pub food for the price. It’s also pet friendly: one of our guests brought their cat!

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  4. Kaffy

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family of 8 had a terrific Sunday Roast experience during our first visit to Scotland!

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  5. Foodfan

    Edinburgh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st time in the Cumberland Bar. Sunday lunch was excellent, good gluten free options too.

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  6. direwolf

    Edinburgh

    176 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The Cumberland is ok for a bar meal. Menu greatly reduced, prices a bit higher. Election of beer no longer what it was.

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  7. NATC

    Glasgow

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal here, the food was excellent and the staff were friendly and attentive. We would definitely recommend, and will be back.

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  8. AlistairT

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Lunch was very poor. Many items on menu not available on the day. No tea or caffeine free coffee either. The place was so cold we all kept our insulated jackets on. Probably the reason there were almost no other customers. Service was almost non existent with no explanation of whether to order at table or at bar etc. and took a long time to eventually get order taken. The food in the main was ok. Lots of room for improvement.

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  9. IainM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food in a very comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Good value for money.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked for NYE before going to the Street Party - absolutely incredible pub, and a bonus that the Sunday roast still being available during dinner service. After travelling for 2 months, it was so good to have a great meal at a really decent price!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local pub and good old fashioned honest pub food.

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  12. AlL111

    Edinburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A well loved local pub, hasn't let us down in 20 years.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A group us enjoyed an afternoon in the Cumberland Bar for a few drinks and a meal recently. The choice and quality of the beer was, as always, spot on. The food was excellent bar fare that everyone was happy with. The bar and waiting staff were friendly and helpful throughout the day. Would recommend for anyone looking for an unpretentious bar meal and a few beers in a great traditional bar

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  14. MartinM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food at reasonable prices, pleasant and efficient staff, good atmosphere, what's not to like

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  15. RossB

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little pub on a quiet street, friendly staff, great food and drink options and pleasant ambience.

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  16. IanL

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good sunday lunch, really pleasant atmosphere, good beer selection. A wider range of veg and some actual roast potatoes rather than chunky chips would have been prefereable ....Id definitely return though

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  17. gordipops

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited early on a Saturday afternoon when the bar was relatively quiet, which is ideal for me. Enjoyed friendly staff, good food and ambience. Don't forget to leave room for the Sticky Toffee Pudding. My guest, an Ale fan, thoroughly enjoyed being offered a 'taster' before committing to beer unfamiliar to him. Most enjoyable.

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  18. TraceyC

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m afraid service was not great. Very unwelcoming, felt like I was a hinder to their busy bar. Food average

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  19. Crayon

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was not good, the burger was like an old boot, definitely not freshly cooked, and when we told them no compensation offered. The chips were like soggy oven chips. We won’t be eating there again unfortunately as it is our local and we like it there. The food in our experience is not consistent. It’s a fine place to go for a drink, but I think it depends on which chef they’ve got for the food, so pot luck. We’d recommend for drinks etc but but for food.

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  20. DavidC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was exactly what we expected. Good pub food. A great selection of beers as well. A great venue go meet friends and enjoy the hospitality.

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  21. Andrew

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant experience overall and a good time had by all. Food was fantastic

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  22. DeborahH

    West Virginia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited summer of 2019, 7 month before Covid hit the fan. We stopped in every day blown away by how good the food was!! Chef would make up a platter for you: Scottish egg, thin juicy fried chicken tenders, tiny olives, crayfish, etc. Just amazing! Steaks, beef and Ale pie. Out of this world good food especially for a pub. We have referred so many friends to the Cumberland once things opened back up. Now I know why the return response was so under enthused after we came Back in June of 2023. We chose our Airbnb within walking distance fully expecting to visit the pub every day. Shockingly disappointed. A completely different pub vibe (we were tempted to check the ID’s of the staff if they were old enough to serve there) Menu so limited and food was just plain and honestly bad. How a pub can go down hill in such a short time? We should have known walking up everyone was outside with pints but not one person eating food. Not one. We looked again when leaving and every outside table was full but not one table had ordered food. Drinks only. What a waste for the locals, what a waste for the owners.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    An iconic place, food good pub grub, service could be a bit more on it.

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  24. BillB

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff and the ambience were great. Thoroughly recommend The Cumberland for a Sunday evening beer and dinner.

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  25. Mich

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Felt like a school canteen. Needs a bit of atmosphere. Would not recommend the food but the quiz was ok. Quiz was slow

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  26. RSTN

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything bar service - even when booking a table for a number of people to eat together. Staff are overworked.

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  27. SteveC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully kept pub in the New Town. The staff are exceptional; welcoming, friendly and polite. We loved the delicious Sunday roast. Also a great selection of locally brewed ales. A highlight of our weekend.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    A bit disappointed in my Sunday lunch. Food not particularly hot and only 1 slice of roast beef. I then asked if I could swap ice cream for cream or custard and they had neither. My friend then ordered a cup of tea only to be told they had no tea! Won’t be rushing back!

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  29. BrendaB

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood pub. Really good gluten free burger for my husband. So hard to find places that understand celiac. They even have gluten free beer. Ben, our waiter, did because he had it as well. So polite and helpful. Give it a try !

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Sunday roast didn’t disappoint. Good selection of drinks as well as service. Would definitely recommend.

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  31. HonorB

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was a group of 8 of us that booked here for some midweek dinner and drinks. A really nice, no frills place. Everyone really enjoyed their meal and all would be back again!

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FAQs

The Cumberland Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Cumberland Bar

1-3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RT

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Stockbridge
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    2 minute walk from closest bus stop on Drummond Place. Bus number: 13.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
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