#221: The Canons’ Gait, Canongate, Edinburgh

The Canons' Gait, Canongate, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Canons’ Gait seems to be an attept at a slightly classier than average traditional pub. There’s wooden panelling but it’s all painted white, sturdy leather dining room seats, spotlights everywhere, an odd semi-circular bar with a domed top and beery quotes and poems here and there on the walls. I find the space a bit odd, the tables seem randomly scattered around, not making the best use of the room. There’s a downstairs bar too, below street level, but it was closed on this visit.

When we arrived it was pretty busy and the bar man seemed stressed out. We eventually twigged that a large group of about 15-20 had arrived out of the blue and had all ordered food. When we went to order food too, the barman ran off to the kitchen but came back to tell us “sorry, the kitchen’s closed.” Perhaps 15 minutes later the place emptied out, leaving just a few couples, much to the barman’s relief.

It’s a DM Stewart pub along with The Guildford Arms, The Abbotsford and The Cumberland Bar. Somehow, this pub lacks some of the character of its stable-mates.

The Bar

The Canons' Gait, Canongate, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Alechemy 5 Sisters, Loch Lomond Project Belma, Broughton Merlin, Brewmeister Black Hawk, with 2 more off. Kegs: Williams Brothers Joker IPA, Black Ball Stout and Caesar Augustus, Staropramen, Tennent’s Lager and Addlestone cider.

Again, no notes on the price of a pint. Likely to be under £4 a pint.


A small menu of highish-brow variations on pub classics in the £8 to £11 range. I’m sure they used to do killer nachos, but not any more.


There’s another bar downstairs. It’s been used in the past for Edinburgh Free Fringe events, the only Canada Day celebration I’ve ever seen in town, and is also available for hire (I believe).

Castle View



Website: canonsgait.com
Twitter: @Canonsgait (quiet since June 2012)
Parent: DM Stewart


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