Deacon Brodies

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Deacon Brodies Edinburgh Reviews

HCSmooth66 HCSmooth…
64 reviews
Delicious, though perhaps a bit touristy Aug 31, 2009
I stumbled across Deacon Brodies after I had wandered up toward the castle. I had heard of this place prior to my visiting Edinburgh, but I didn't look into seeing where it was. But it was in a location that is hard to miss if you're wandering around the city centre near the castle.

I considered finding some other place for dinner because I figured this place catered heavily to tourists. But, as I was a tourist I decided to step inside.

I think everything in Scotland is tartan, from the kilts being sold at tourist shops to the carpeting at Deacon Brodies.

I had read a little bit about Haggis prior to visiting Edinburgh and knew that it sounded a bit disgusting. Fortunately I had totally forgotten what it actually was, or how it was prepared, and ordered it anyway. It was fabulous. It came with a side of potatoes (I think they were potatoes) and it made me wish I was spending more time in Edinburgh.

I ordered a local whiskey on the rocks and enjoyed my Scottish meal. I washed it all down with a nice English Tea.

A great time, great experience, and fantastic food.
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Had to do a Scotch Whiskey
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89 reviews
Deacon Brodies Tavern Jan 02, 2008
Deacon Brodies Tavern is decent place to grab a bite to eat as well as have a pint of ale or a dram of whisky.

Deacon Brodies Tavern is located on the Royal Mile just a short ways from the Castle. Its location can make the place either very touristy or very convenient.

The tavern's ground floor is home to the bar. Mar and I, however, headed upstairs to be seated in the restaurant. There was a queue to be seated but fortunately we didn't have to wait long for a table near the upstairs bar. The interior's rich dark wood furniture and a packed dining area gave the room a cozy atmosphere.

I ordered Cock-a-leekie soup which is a traditional Scottish recipe. The soup was very heartwarming and flavorful with chicken and leeks. Although traditional recipes call for the inclusion of prunes, I did not see any...which was a good thing.

Mar and I ordered haggis in some way in our entree. She ordered the roasted chicken breast atop haggis and slathered with whisky cream sauce and served with peas, corn, and roasted potatoes.

I ordered the Scottish olives...which has no form of olive in it. In fact the dish is thin beef steak stuffed with haggis atop onion gravy and served with peas, corn, and roasted potatoes. I am glad I tried this dish as the haggis was more in the form I was expecting it to be AND it still tasted good! The beef was not a tender cut of beef but it was edible and was very tasty in combination with the haggis filling.

The service was good, especially since the restaurant was packed.

Even though Deacon Brodies was a tourist trap, I still enjoyed my meal and it was affordable.

If you are in the area and are really hungry, then stop by Deacon Brodies Tavern.
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sylviandavid says:
Your description of scottish olives made me hungry...
Posted on: Mar 29, 2010
highlandmist highland…
3 reviews
Deacon Brodies, Edinburgh, Royal Mile May 05, 2008
Walking up the Royal Mile (because it's definitely uphill both ways) you can't miss Deacon Brodies, so stop by for a pint and some exceptional pub food, you won't go wrong.

A bit pubby downstairs, since it's a pub afterall, some tables out front for smokers, nice quiet atmosphere upstairs where we settled in, and we could've been served by a ghost for all we remember, but the food was very memorable.

As you'll notice I photographed our own food much to Andy's embarrassment and yes I had all the surrounding tables staring at us curiously, but within minutes after it they broke out their own cameras and started photographing each other and their plates and things got very lively. I just broke the ice ;)
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ClearSkies says:
Looks like a beautiful place! Scotland is on my list of places to go.
Posted on: Jul 05, 2008
ScottishFireball Scottish…
3 reviews
Wonderful food May 19, 2008
We ate here on our first full day in Edinburgh, I really enjoyed it. A bit pricey but worth it! If you want to try true Scottish food this is the place to go! I say try the Haggis its is wonderful!
vances vances
462 reviews
Jul 02, 2003
A delightful two-story pub/eatery on the Royal Mile with an intriguing background. Deacon Brody was apparently a real life character who served as an elected official in Edinburgh and committed a broad array of atrocities...serving as the inspiration for Robert louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde"!!! We enjoyed lunch here during our first day in Edinburgh and this was where I gained exposure to haggis. We would learn that the prices were reasonable compared to other venues on the Royal Mile, and the service was expedient and friendly!Thanks to our enjoyed lunch, we returned the next evening for a few Guiness...and it is a lively night scene too! The bartenders continued the jovial service and we were impressed that many of the patrons were locals...reinforcing this was an authentic cool place!
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euphemy says:
I'll have to remember this place when I go back to Scotland. Thanks!
Posted on: Sep 30, 2006

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