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The Kenilworth is one of the finest pubs on Rose Street. The building it occupies emerged as a house in Edinburgh's then (very new) New Town in 1789.
Its conversion to a pub took place in 1904, and the result is nothing short of magnificent. The whole building and the pub are listed, and you can readily see why. Even from the outside the Kenilworth looks rather special, all the way from the knight's helmet at second floor level via the line of brightly coloured hanging baskets, to the tables placed on the pavement of Rose Street for Summer drinking and Winter smoking.
The interior is, if anything, even more magnificent than the exterior. The main front room is dominated by an oblong central bar, brightly lit through the windows fronting onto Rose Street. Well... almost dominated by the bar, because the truly stunning ceiling above your head takes some beating. What you see today is largely unchanged from 1904, though there was a sympathetic restoration in the late 1980s.
Behind the main room is a room designated as accessible by children, which is also where most food is served. The name of the Kenilworth comes from the novel of that title by Sir Walter Scott, whose picture adorns the pub sign outside.
The quality of the surroundings is matched by the quality of the welcome and of the food and drink on offer. Several real ales are always available, together with a large number of malt whiskies. Food is served throughout the day and can best be described as upmarket pub fare. The Kenilworth is popular with a very diverse crowd, including tourists, business people and locals, plus stag and hen parties at weekends.