The story of Deacon Brodie written on the wall of the pub

Lunch at Deacon Brodies

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Sat 24 Jan 2015

It was my birthday last week and after a fun morning in town with my family, we decided to stop for lunch at the historic pub Deacon Brodies Tavern on the Royal Mile.

Deacon Brodies Tavern in Edinburgh

The pub dates back to the early 19th century. The pub retains traditional original features, and tells the story of Deacon Brodie through pictures and information on the walls. Deacon William Brodie was a respected 18th century Edinburgh businessman by day, but a gambler and thief by night. He was eventually discovered and hanged at the Tolbooth in 1788. Brodie’s double life later became the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde. 

It was a cold, snowy day in the city centre, and the tavern was a warm and welcoming place with friendly staff. We sat upstairs in the restaurant area and had a great table overlooking the Royal Mile. I ordered the Chicken and Mushroom Pie served with chips and vegetables.

Deacon Brodies

Our food arrived quickly and was tasty and hot. The pie had a lovely creamy mushroom sauce with big chunks of chicken. I really enjoyed the meal and would have happily stayed for dessert. However, there was birthday cake waiting at home so decided to save some room.

Although Deacon Brodies Tavern is now part of the Nicholson’s Pubs chain, this 200 year old building still has a traditional feel and its unique character lives on. Good pub food, wide selection of drinks and a great atmosphere!

Deacon Brodies Tavern, 435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2NT