The Spylaw

27 Spylaw St, Edinburgh EH13 0JT
$$ English Top 10 Recommended New Editor's Pick View Outdoor Seating

Situated in the heart of old Colinton village close to the Colinton Dell,
it’s a haven for the local community, walkers and passers-by. With freshly prepared food, we cater to a wide variety of tastes,
offering an array of choices, from bar snacks to three-course restaurant meals.The bar has a selection of real ales, a collection of over fifty malt whiskies
and an assortment of wines sold by the glass and bottle. You’ll find this a relaxing, friendly place to enjoy a meal or just a good pint or glass of wine.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

If you wish to join us for drinks & food please book the Bar Area, We do have limited restaurant dog friendly tables but we can not always guarantee those tables are available. Please note tables of 9+ may be asked for a pre-order. Please also note tables of 7+ will be asked to pay a £10 per person Deposit, which will be taken off the bill the day of the reservation.

Business Info

  • Address: 27 Spylaw St, Edinburgh EH13 0JT
  • Cross Street: Spylaw
  • Cuisine: American | Continental | English | Hamburger | Steak |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Pub
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 0131 441 2783
  • Features: Full Bar, Sunday Brunch, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Seating, Smoking Area, Takeout Available, Winning Wine List, Wheelchair Access, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Date Night,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 11:00 - 22:30
Bar l Dog Friendly l Food Available 12:00 - 23:00
Garden l Closed. 17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 11:00 - 22:30
Bar l Dog Friendly l Food Available 12:00 - 23:00
Garden l Closed. 17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
Bar l Dog Friendly l Food Available 11:00 - 23:00
Garden l Food & Drinks l Dog Friendly 11:00 - 22:00
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
Bar l Dog Friendly l 11:00 - 0:00
Garden l Food & Drinks l Dog Friendly 11:00 - 22:00
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 11:00 - 21:00
Friday
Bar l Dog Friendly l 11:00 - 1:00
Garden l Food & Drinks l Dog Friendly 11:00 - 22:00
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
Bar l Dog Friendly l Food Available 11:00 - 1:00
Garden l Food & Drinks l Dog Friendly 11:00 - 22:00
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 11:00 - 22:30
Sunday
Bar l Dog Friendly l Food Available 11:00 - 23:00
Garden l Food & Drinks l Dog Friendly 11:00 - 22:00
Restaurant | Food & Drinks l 11:00 - 22:30

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
No, unfortunately, we do not serve food in our BAR area.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.68 out of 5 stars based on 2036 votes

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Aug 04, 2022
Susan B.
Relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and great menu options continue to make The Spylaw a lovely evening out. Will be back again soon

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 03, 2022
Chris M.
Great food, a wonderful pint and the service was spot on. What a lovely pub for a Sunday meal.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 26, 2022
Eileen J.
Food was excellent. Menu more extensive now. Very pleasant staff and lovely surroundings

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 25, 2022
Lucy M.
Really relaxed atmosphere, tasty food and friendly staff! Highly recommend the lamb roast.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 22, 2022
Nicky A.
Excellent food. Interesting menu. Attentive service. Enjoyed

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 18, 2022
Robert D.
One of the best gastropubs in Edinburgh

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 16, 2022
Fiona M.
Loved everything about The Spylaw. Have been before and will be back. Thank you so much.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 04, 2022
Jane S.
A wonderful evening catching up with family. Delicious meals all round and great location - we only wish we have popped in before! Thank you

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 04, 2022
Kevin C.
We loved the whole experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2022
Morag M.
Lunch with 5 friends was lovely. We all enjoyed our meal although those who had the peach salad all said there was too much dressing and would have preferred less. Apart from that, the food was very good.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 16, 2022
Shirley B.
First time we had been for years and were pleasantly surprised. Food and staff excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 06, 2022
Vikki H.
Very friendly service and staff and great food

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 04, 2022
Susan B.
As always made to feel welcome, a real home from home.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 01, 2022
Susan W.
Great food and the staff are always so friendly and welcoming. Doggy friendly too which is a huge bonus.

Overall: 10/10
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May 21, 2022
Yvonne S.
What a hidden gem! Thank you

Overall: 10/10
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May 16, 2022
chris S.
The Spylaw Tavern is always great - food, service and atmosphere. highly recommend it.

Overall: 10/10
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May 16, 2022
Catherin M.
Excellent. All The staff were amazing

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
May 09, 2022
David F.
Good food, lovely staff, a great place to eat with the family. We got a couple of extra fries on the side. Price was a bit silly. Otherwise, spot on :-)

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 21, 2022
melanie a.
my first visit to the spy law but it wont be my last ,super pub , lovely food ,welcoming staff

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 14, 2022
Mike M.
We were 4 walkers who had booked a table for 12.30 but due to slow walking we arrived at 1pm. We were warmly welcomed. The staff were lovely and very attentive. They could not be more attentive to 4 weary souls. The food was brilliant. I fully recommend this place

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 13, 2022
Emma W.
We were given a great table with a lovely view of the garden. The menu had a great variety, for foodies but also fussy eaters. The veggie options were great and really well thought out. Delicious too and friendly staff. I'd highly recommend Spylaw.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 10, 2022
Krystyna P.
Dropped in for lunch with the pooch as ever food is amazing staff cheerful love this place

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Apr 08, 2022
Tim R.
Excellent beer and food with great service. Only mark down - Salad on menu would have been appreciated

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 30, 2022
Peter B.
We had a fantastic meal, the food really is excellent, in a lovely atmosphere. Staff are very friendly. Highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 06, 2022
Greg J.
Excellent, as always...

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Mar 04, 2022
Susan C.
It's not the cheapest of places but staff are great and ambience is lovely! Great cocktails!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 19, 2022
Lindsay B.
Always a great meal served by friendly hosts. Cosy atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 14, 2022
Paul G.
Thanks for looking after us, lovely friendly service. Food was served in good time and nice and hot.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 10, 2022
Helen N.
We enjoyed a lovely relaxing lunch today and as we are both small eaters appreciated the large or small plate option. Thank you we will definitely be back soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 07, 2022
Scott W.
First time visitor for lunch - the menu had a great selection and the food we ordered was fantastic. Great service too. Lovely place and will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 06, 2022
Derek B.
Staff make the difference. Always so welcoming

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 01, 2022
Rosie C.
We arrived on Sunday afternoon and it was really busy. It was GREAT to see. This was our first visit as a family of 3. Even although it took a little while to get drinks we didn’t mind as it was such a lovely ambience. The food was delicious and my kids loved it. We will definitely be back... lovely waitress kept bringing me more wine

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Jan 30, 2022
Claire J.
Really enjoyed our visit. Made especially good by the very friendly and attentive server. She is a big asset to this business.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jan 29, 2022
Paul B.
A great little local pub. Good food, nice atmosphere and an interesting location. Well worth a visit!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 25, 2022
Gael F.
The beetroot and goats cheese tartlet was absolutely delicious. Lovely ambience and good service too.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 21, 2022
Phil L.
Excellent service. Selection of beers was somewhat reduced compared to previous visits which as disappointing.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 17, 2022
Caroline R.
Great food and good service.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 10, 2022
Frances C.
We had a lovely family meal and staff were friendly and attentive. Only disappointment was a couple of our favourite dishes not being available but staff explained reasons for this. We will just have to go back and have them another day !

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 05, 2022
Lyndsey M.
After a very wet walk with our miserable 8 year old boys, my friend and I were so happy to have received such a warm and friendly welcome to the bar area. The staff were so friendly and the service was excellent. The quality of the food was superb and my son actually said it was the nicest burger he had ever had. Will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 02, 2022
Mabe N.
Spy law gives great value for money, a warm welcome, and great banter!!! It’s good to go where some-one knows your name and important to support your local pub.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 27, 2021
Elaine C.
Friendly staff, very welcoming

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 27, 2021
Julie J.
We have been going to the Spylaw for a few years now and the staff are excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 26, 2021
Jane G.
Yet another super experience at the Spylaw. Welcoming environment which is modern country. Good food, nice wines and fabulous staff. See you soon

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 24, 2021
Charlotte M.
Great ambiance, lovely food, brilliant staff and gorgeous decor!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 23, 2021
Sarah A.
Very warm welcome and great quality food and drinks. Christmas cocktails were lovely! Thanks for being so accommodating with the dogs! Idyllic post winter walk spot.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 20, 2021
Derek M.
Great service and food. The staff were very friendly and attentive, especially with little kids!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 19, 2021
Kirsty H.
Really enjoyed our lunch. Delicious food and great service, will be back again soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 18, 2021
Andrew S.
All round very good experience . Both waitresses ( Newcastle and S Africa) attentive, informative and cheery . Overall an excellent night out.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 09, 2021
Dominique B.
What a fantastic pub! Great selection of drinks plus incredible food. Very family friendly too with really lovely staff. I can highly recommend stopping in here any time of day for food or drink, especially after a walk along the Water of Leith.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 06, 2021
Tanja R.
It was a fantastic Xmas lunch out. Thanks to the lovely staff and food. Until next time