#95: The Malt Shovel, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh

The Malt Shovel, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

This feels like a fairly straight-forward traditional pub, split into three rooms, corniced ceilings, dark woodwork and lots of mirrors and pictures. It’s slightly overpriced, but Cockburn Street is tourist central, so what d’you expect?

There was a wide range of musical tastes catered for with some 70s soul, Jamiroquai, Fine Young Cannibals, Taylor Swift and others. The same goes for the clientèle, a couple of locals at the bar (probably), tourists in for their dinner, ages from 30s and up. As usual, bear in mind that this was a Tuesday night, circa 5:30. It was reasonably busy, but everyone had a seat.

The barman was friendly and offered up a taster before we even asked for one, bonus points. He was a little baffled as to why I’d want to take a photo though.

It’s another Taylor Walker pub along with The Grosvenor, Milnes, The Beehive and Doctor’s. Taylor Walker is one brand within the Spirit Pub Company.

The Bar

The Malt Shovel, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

There are 4 cask taps, this time with Houston Slainte and Dunkelweizen, one from Scottish Borders Brewery and a Kelburn. I didn’t get all the kegs written down, but there’s Stella Artois, Carling, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Caledonia Best and Harviestoun Schiehallion. There were at least two more I think.

The round was £11.95 for 3 pints of cask, so about £3.98 on average.


The usual Taylor Walker offerings from fish and chips (£12), burgers (from £10), steak and ale pie (£9.50) etc. The full menu’s available on their web page, linked below.


Seats out on the street, TV showing news.

Castle View



Web page: Malt Shovel Inn
Twitter: @maltshoveledin
Parent: Taylor Walker


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