#188: The Earl of Marchmont, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh

The Earl of Marchmont, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh (exterior)

Back in the day, when I lived nearby, I had The Earl pegged as a posh student bar, a little aloof and bourgeois. There’s maybe a hint of that still, but it’s probably just my irrational dislike of huge fake chandeliers and lack of appreciation for modern art, of which there is a tiny smattering.

It’s predominantly grey and black inside with splashes of red and white, with lots of small tables and stools, benches in the window. It seems a bit gloomy by night, but from photos on their Facebook page of a recent birthday bash, those huge windows really pay off in the daylight. Surely a real cracker in the summer evenings. Bad news in winter though, it was a bit chilly.

It was marginally busier than the Argyle across the road. Tuesday nights are generally quiet though. On this occasion most of the punters were in their early 20s, one or two older folk. I vaguely remember it being very busy on Friday nights when I lived down the street in the early 2000s.

The Bar

The Earl of Marchmont, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Adnams Gunhill, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Sharp’s Doom Bar. Keg: Kronenbourg 1664, San Miguel, Hoegaarden, Carling, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Tennent’s Lager, Magners.

Pints of cask beer were £3.40. Carling was a measly £2.70.

There are cocktails too, mostly classics, $5.50. Numerous wines also.


The food menu is small-ish, but it’s only a wee pub. A few pastas, a few currys, chilli, soup etc. Most things were £6, pretty reasonable.


Weekly pub quiz, Monday nights at 8pm, sounds good – free chilli nachos for every competing table! Occasional live music too, “live soul and jazz” by all accounts, sounds good. There are a few tables and chairs outside on the street, perfect angle for evening sun in the summer.

Castle View

The Earl of Marchmont, Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh (castle view)Yes, but perhaps only in winter, while the trees have no leaves. On the right you can just see the castle, it’s the purple blob. This view is also identical inside the pub, so the full hokey cokey.


Website: www.theearlofmarchmont.com
Twitter: @earlofmarchmont
Facebook: The Earl of Marchmont


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