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35 Hanover Street, EH2 2PJ.
Tel: 0131 225 6738.
Awards: Cask Marque
Beautiful Beer Gold Award
Milnes
Milnes

Milnes is found on the north side of Rose Street just east of its junction with Hanover Street. The more observant will also find it hiding at cellar level underneath a chemists on Hanover Street.

Sign Giving History of Building
Sign Giving History of Building
Entrance on Hanover Street
Entrance on Hanover Street

The building housing Milnes arrived with the first phase of Edinburgh's New Town in about 1790. It started life as the home of an advocate, and later of two sisters who worked as dressmakers. In 1880 it was purchased by John Norrie, a chiropodist. In 1910 the company Lomond and Milne opened a spirit merchants in the cellars here. By the mid 1900s this had become a pub known as Daddy Milnes.

Interior, Showing Bar
Interior, Showing Bar
Another Interior Shot
Another Interior Shot

In the 1920s Daddy Milnes. became the meeting place for key Scottish literary figures of the day, who gathered under the title of "Le Groupe de la Renaissance Ecossais". Ironically, given the language of their title, the group's main aim was to promote the use of the Scots language in literature, and key players included Hugh MacDiarmid and, later, Sorley MacLean.

In more recent times the pub has expanded upwards into the ground floor of the building, and the ground floor level entered from Rose Street, has been added. The result is a much larger establishment than before. An excellent range of well kept real ales is always on offer, and there are plenty of malt whiskies to choose from. Traditional pub food is available throughout the day. Milnes attracts a generally older local clientele than many of Rose Street's pubs, plus plenty of visitors to the city.

The Bar
The Bar
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