Cold Town House: Is this the beer garden with the best view in Edinburgh?

With pubs, cafes and restaurants preparing to open on Monday, people are turning their attention to the best place to enjoy the sun with a freshly poured pint.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 10:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:18 am

Edinburgh has a wide array of gorgeous beer gardens, some found through hidden doors, some protected by high walls covered in green ivy, and some are lucky to have one of the most iconic views in the Capital.

Cold Town House on the Grassmarket has its beer garden sitting right at the foot of Edinburgh Castle.

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Is this the beer garden with the best view in Edinburgh?

This view is not quite unique however, the Beehive Inn a few doors down also has a sprawling garden sitting with a slightly similar view.

The magnificent castle might just be the best thing to gaze at when you take that first sip of beer, straight from the tap.

Other cracking spots to enjoy a drink in the sun include the Pear Tree, Bellfield Taproom and The Outhouse.

The Scottish Government announced that from Monday, pubs, restaurants and cafes could open their doors again after months of lockdown.

Alcohol can only be served to those sitting in outdoor areas and social distancing restrictions will be in place.

Local licensing laws apply to outside seating areas.

Up to six people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place though chief medical officer Gregor Smith has warned that Scotland is a “good way off” reducing one-metre distancing in pubs and restaurants outdoors

As well as hospitality, shops, beauty salons, gyms and swimming pools will also be allowed to reopen.

There will also be unrestricted travel across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The Evening News is supporting Forever Edinburgh, a joint campaign between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) and VisitScotland. This encourages people to rediscover the city, its stories and places while supporting local businesses, promoting attractions, shops, bars and restaurants as lockdown eases.