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The White Hart is said to be the oldest pub in Edinburgh with records of it traced back to 1516, though the current building (photo 1) is more recent, dating only from 1740! Poet Robert Burns stayed here on his last visit to Edinburgh in 1791 and Dorothy and Mary Wordsworth were guests in 1803. Grassmarket was the main starting and finishing point for coaches and the White Hart served as a coaching inn for a period.
The attractive green and white frontage and painted, carved inn sign (photo 2) had the same appearance for many years but the pub has recently been ‘gastro-ed’ with an anonymous charcoal finish.
It’s surprisingly small inside with a traditional layout, and serves food all day.
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