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@ 8/10/2020
Following new ScotGov restrictions will be open for takeaway from Sat 10th Oct. 5 -7pm - see Facebook.

The beer garden reopened 10/7/2020 and indoor tables also now available.
Operating times:
Mon - Thu: 5-10 ("walk ins” only)
Fri - Sun: 2-10 (book any 4 hour time slot that suits).
Now showing Sky and BT sports again and will open at 12 on Sundays when Scottish football is on.

2020 Beer Festival will run from 7th - 9th November. Bookings only -sessions are 1.30 -5.30 and 6 -10pm. 1 - 4 persons per table. Up to 15 different cask ales over the weekend with 8 at any time. See Facebook for more information.

Table reservations ESSENTIAL Fri - Sun. Email
Contact details MUST be provided. 6 people from 2 household max.
Contactless payments preferred.
Children must, like adults, must stay seated except to use toilets.
Dogs MUST be on leads.
Avoid raised voices, shouting, singing, dancing and approaching other tables.

Takeaways will still be running as they have been but you will now queue from the side door again.
Pricing is £2.50 or £3/ pint - bring your own container or get one from the pub (50p deposit). Social distancing measures enforced. Pre-orders now available - DM via Twitter/Facebook before 3pm on chosen collection day.

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Volunteer Arms [Staggs]

(also known as Staggs)

81 North High St.
EH21 6JE

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.30 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
Sunday12.30 pm - 11.00 pm

About the Pub

Superb pub run by the same family since 1858. The bar and snug are traditional with a wooden floor, wood panelling and mirrors from defunct local breweries. The attractive gantry is topped with old casks. The more modern lounge opens at the weekend. The real ales, mostly pale and hoppy, change very regularly. The real cider is Black Rat. CAMRA Edinburgh Lothian Pub of the Year 2020, and winner of many previous awards. See the wall of the bar!

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Loch Lomond Silkie Stout
  • Oakham Bishops Farewell
  • Oakham JHB

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Fyne Ales --varies--
  • Loch Lomond --varies--

Mostly pale and hoppy.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Black Rat.

  • BeerFestival Beer Festivals

    Annually on remeberance sunday.

  • UsesAutovac Return tray
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Regionally Important Historic Interior


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Flat access but no disabled toilet.

  • Garden Pub Garden
  • Parking Parking

    Public car park next to pub with charging points for electric cars.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly


  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Although this pub is not targeting the family market, children are allowed in snug or lounge until 7.30pm.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Rear lounge can be booked.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Dominoes, cribbage.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Heated, canvassed area.

  • SportsTV Sports TV

    TV is muted.

  • WiFi Wifi


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Volunteer Arms [Staggs]

81 North High St.
EH21 6JE

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55.944151, -3.057204


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