Once iconic Edinburgh pub could be set to reopen in time for Christmas

The team behind a neighbouring pub have just announced they are hoping to bring it back

Locals are celebrating after learning that Edinburgh’s once iconic Caley Sample Room could be set to reopen – within weeks.

The much-loved venue on Angle Park Terrace called last orders during the summer, much to the dismay of the pub’s many regulars.

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But now, the Caley Sample Room looks like reopening after the team behind a neighbouring pub announced they are hoping to bring it back.

Locals are celebrating after learning that Edinburgh’s iconic Caley Sample Room could be set to reopen – within weeks.

In a post on Facebook, the Athletic Arms’ Kevin and Claire McGhee said they have “jumped at the chance” to help restore the venue.

They wrote: “We’ve been asked to open the Caley on behalf of Heineken (our shared landlord).

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“We jumped at the chance to return her to her former glory.

“There will be changes to stocking agreements as the lease conditions have changed.

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“We’re aiming for this side of Christmas depending on staff and building condition.

“Look out for social media updates directly once we gain access to them. Kev and Claire.”

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Fans of the Caley Sample Room rejoiced at the news, sharing their delight on Facebook.

Viv Haig wrote: “Great news. The Sample room used to be a great bar. I stopped going a long time ago as it really went downhill after the seating got changed and it was more of a wine bar. Used to be a great place to watch the Six Nations. This end of town needs more good pubs.”

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Karan Nagpal commented: “Brilliant news! Can't wait to see what you do with the place!”

Dave McLaren said: “Good news and good luck. It was a shadow of its old self the last few years.”

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