The Theatre Royal is a large, impressive traditional pub close to the Edinburgh Playhouse theatre. I’m fairly sure it was never a theatre in its own right, certainly not with this name, though two different theatres have used the name Theatre Royal over the years.
Inside it’s got a lovely central dark wooden bar, tiled floors, a large fireplace, chandeliers, giving it quite a grand but old-fashioned appearance. The walls are covered in posters form shows of the past, presumably hosted in the Playhouse, from Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, even Daniel O’Donnell.
It obviously wasn’t showtime when we turned up, as it wasn’t all that busy, with a group of folk at the front crowded round the big screen for some footy match or other. We had the back room all to ourselves. I’m sure you can imagine that it’s an entirely different story before or after a big show.
I didn’t realise it was a Caledonian Heritable pub, it was the Calton Gold that tipped me off, the house beer brewed by Belhaven. Other pubs in the group include The Peartree, Bannerman’s, Tiles, City Cafe, Ryan’s Bar, The Bailie, etc.
Cask: Harviestoun Schiehallion, Stewart’s No. 3, Alechemy Rhapsody, Taylor’s Landlord. Keg: Calton Gold, Budweiser Budvar, Caledonia Best, Tennent’s Lager, Inveralmond Ossian, Guinness, Heineken, Kronenbourg 1664, Stella Artois.
The round was £21 for 6 pints, so around £3.50 per pint.
Their website menu is either not up to date or just incomplete. On the right you can see their nacho offering, yet it’s not on the web site. They were pretty good, by all accounts. Burgers from £7 to £9.50, mains £9 to £15, slightly fancier-sounding than your average pub grub.
There’s a bit fireplace for those cold winter nights, and there’s big screen for sports.