Welcome to Rose Street Brewery

You will find Rose Street Brewery in Edinburgh within a short stroll of Edinburgh Castle - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.

Famous for…brewing “Auld Reekie Ale” on the premises but only for the inhabitants of Rose Street because apparently it didn’t travel well!


Rose Street Brewery is situated on Rose Street and stands in Edinburgh’s New Town, which was built when a competition was held back in 1766.  The challenge went out to architects; “Let us boldly enlarge Edinburgh to the utmost.” It was won by a 23-year-old named James Craig.

The area has a long and interesting history. Thistle Street and Rose Street were built originally for the artisans of the New Town, although in an inferior style and of rougher workmanship than the main streets. But by the mid 1800s, Rose Street had established itself as a drinking oasis and this reputation is proudly upheld today. 


Rose Street Brewery at 55 Rose Street was founded in August 1983 in the former White Cockade public house by the Alloa Brewery Co. Ltd. The first floor, which was once home to the brewery that produced the renowned Auld reekie Ale, now houses the Brewhouse Restaurant. The brewing industry certainly contributed to Edinburgh’s earned moniker of “Auld Reekie” so named due to all the smoke produced by coal and wood burning furnaces and boilers. Auld Reekie is a traditional nickname for Edinburgh, the word reek meaning smoke.

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