The Pear Tree

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The Pear Tree Edinburgh Reviews

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The Pear Tree Jun 12, 2010
The Pear Tree is one of the very few pubs in the centre of Edinburgh with a convincing beer garden. It is right across the road from the main campus of Edinburgh University. You can imagine this makes it quite a popular spot for most of the summer. It is about a fifteen minute walk from the more tourist oriented part of the city, and close to the student unions/popular Edinburgh Festival venues in Teviot, George Square and Potterrow.

I have very fond memories of the Pear Tree, as one of the few pubs that resisted re-fitting themselves as swanky bars in my four years in the city in the late 1990s, and I wasn’t disappointed on my recent return. It is still a proper pub with a nice, traditional island bar and, inside, a lovely cosy atmosphere. Well, lovely and cosy except during world cup games. Then it is rammed and noisy. But you know what I mean. There is a large beer garden, with large screens when the football is on, and an outdoor bar for special occasions. Prices are roughly standard for tourist Edinburgh – similar to London but dear by Scottish standards.

The bar is very, very popular with students in the early evenings, lunch breaks, and during more boring lectures. It is a little more quiet during the university holidays and later at night, when the students have moved on towards the clubs and bars.

I would highly recommend the Pear Tree if you are interested in talking to students, cheering England on in an environment where you won’t get in trouble for it, or during the holidays. It’s also really lovely in hot weather. But please avoid it if you are allergic to students.
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