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the merlin

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168 Morningside Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 4PU, Scotland
+44 131 447 4329
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10:00 - 21:00
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Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I were in Edinburgh and decided to try here for lunch. We ordered from the lunchtime special menu. My partner had the steak Philly, with him being American, he enjoy it, says it's not how it's properly made back home but it was still nice. A few tweaks and it would be awesome! My meal on the... More 

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Thank Lala2285
Lafayette, Colorado
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112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a very disappointing meal. The scampi, they may have been genuine scampi, were very small, quite tasteless and encased in a thick, hard batter. The chips were encased in a tough skin that couldn't be easily, pierced with a fork, were very difficult to chew and again were quite tasteless. My daughter opted for the baked potato and... More 

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Thank Bob S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I lived round the corner from the merlin for a few years and went numerous times for family meals. When we relocated we would always come back for a visit. On our last visit (and it will be the last) it was my sons birthday we ordered a kids meal and steaks for the adults and a cheesecake for my... More 

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Thank Pam R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Merlin provides indoor and outdoor seating in a bustling gastro pub. The menu is comprehensive with something for everyone. Servers were fine but could do with being a little more enthusiastic. Our party of three enjoyed our meals however, when we tried to order the 'special' hot chocolate we were told they didn't have the chocolate flake or mallows... More 

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1 Thank julieeclaire
GeneralManagerChris, Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you for your feedback on our food. We are glad you enjoyed the food but equally disappointing that we didn't have Deluxe hot chocolate. We had run out of stock and we are only able to order from our suppliers due to allegens regulations and company policy. We do hope this doesn't put you off visiting the... More 

edinburgh
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried this place on a Sunday afternoon, accepting it might be cheap and cheerful It seemed popular enough with plenty folk watching the football on a number of screens dotted about the room and the menu looked reasonable. The food when it arrived was barely edible, and certainly not enjoyable. None of us could finish our meal. I had... More 

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1 Thank itripney
GeneralManagerChris, Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for your feedback and I can only apologies about the standard of the food you received. We pride ourselves on yes providing good value but also taste pub grub . I will take this feedback back to my chefs. More 

Leven, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I 'ate' here on the 28th March, and it was an unforgettable experience, but in a very bad way! I'm Vegan, so ordered the baked potato and veggie haggis, as the only other option would have been chips. I should have ordered the chips, as the potato was inedible. Microwaved within an inch of its life, and... More 

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3 Thank Joan426
GeneralManagerChris, Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and I'm really disappointing to hear that you and your friend had such a bad experience . I will be sure to bring this up in our next Kitchen meeting. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First they got our order wrong , one plate of chille and one plate of plain nachos. We were given one plate of nachos with chille. We pointed this out and thought it had been resolved. The plate of chille arrived, so good so far but the nachos were burnt. They were returned with a request for fresh ones. The... More 

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2 Thank dcarnax
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello , It's really disappointing to hear you had such a disappointing experience. I will make sure this is brought up in our staff meeting this week. More 

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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Me and my partner went for a meal,on a busy saturday afternoon when the rugby was on,we got served very quickly and the staff were overly helpful,it was nice feeling of a family pub and well organized even though there was lots of screens on with rugby and football too,it was great,and the food was excellent too.i do recommend this... More 

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Thank Gordonski2
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for you positive feedback. We are glad you enjoyed yourself .We strive to try and cater to a wide audience and Families and kids are always welcome. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I normally go to the Waiting Room but thought I'd go up with a squad to watch 6 nations. It is a good pub don't get me wrong but the food is not great. Don't know where they source their chips from? but they make McCain taste brilliant. Totally tasteless and like a modified version of potato. 6 of us... More 

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Thank TheDoc P
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and I'm glad it was on the whole an enjoyable experience .We do strive to provide a great atmosphere . On the Chip front I have passed this onto our Development chef your comments about the chips and the quality . Again hope to see you soon again at The Merlin.... More 

Port Talbot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Travelled up from South Wales for the Six Nations Clash, stayed in just down from Morningside and this was definitely the place the be. Started on Friday with their Large Traditional Breakfast (and yes it was large), set us up for the day, returned later that evening for a few beverages (as you do). The Staff were very welcoming and... More 

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Thank stellaboy2016
GeneralManagerChris, General Manager at the merlin, responded to this review

We are glad you had a great weekend despite the loss to Scotland. We hope to see you again next time you visit Edinburgh . I will be sure to mention your glowing feedback of the staff to them at our next Meeting. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$17
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 21:00
Thursday
10:00 - 21:00
Friday
10:00 - 21:00
Saturday
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 Morningside Road | Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH10 4PU, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 447 4329
Description
We are a pub that service good quality pub grub cooked from Fresh . We have ample seating and show sports regularly on our 5 screens.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?