Nicholson's Pubs

Deacon Brodie, Edinburgh


Discover our link to horror’s Jekyll & Hyde…

Built in 1806 on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, our historic pub has plenty of tales to tell!

The pub is named after one of the city’s most famous sons, Deacon William Brodie – one of the inspirations behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde.

Born in 1741, Brodie was a deacon of a group of skilled carpenters known as the Guild of Wrights. By day, he was a respectable citizen and a member of the town council but, by night, he became involved in gambling and drinking. To pay off his debts, he had to resort to burglary and a life of crime and, by 1786, he had a small gang of criminals working in the city.

Throughout the pub, you’ll see references to Brodie and his double life, as well as our fascinating, decorative wooden ceiling.

Find us


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

Tel: 0131 225 6531

Walk-ins are welcome

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Nicholson’s Pubs are known  for their individual style, exciting stories, and charming personalities — Deacon Brodies Tavern is certainly no exception.

Our pub is named after Deacon Brodie – one of the inspirations behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde. Born in 1741, Brodie was a deacon of the Guild of Wrights — a group of skilled carpenters. By day, he was a respectable citizen and member of the town council. But by night, he was caught up in gambling and drinking, and resorted to burglary to pay off his gambling debts. Brodie was hung for his crimes in 1788.

Find us

Deacon Brodies Tavern,435 Lawnmarket,
,EH1 2NT

Tel: 0131 225 6531

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 00:00

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 12:00 - 01:00
  • Christmas Day 12:00 - 18:00
  • Boxing Day 12:00 - 00:00
  • New Years Eve 12:00 - 01:00
  • New Years Day 12:00 - 00:00



As a staple in the pub landscape for over 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our classic pub menus.

Imagine taking your seat for a starter we know you’ll like… Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our Crofter’s Pie and British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another sensational classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is pub food, done right.



Here at Royal Mile Edinburgh, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in Edinburgh.