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Welcome to Carlton Bridge Club

At the Carlton, we pride ourselves on welcoming all levels of players. Visitors can join any of our Tournaments and we will try to find a partner if needed. Our custom-built bridge Centre provides excellent playing and teaching facilities. Tournaments are scored using interactive technology and results are displayed promptly. We are pleased to offer our catering team, Westmains Catering who will be providing a range of soups, sandwiches and amazing baked goods as well as the normal range of teas, coffees, soft drinks and a selection of alcoholic drinks.

We are located just to the North of Edinburgh city centre.

Details of the regular tournaments are available here.  We offer classes on five days each week - details here.  

The Sutherland Quaich Results
The Sutherland Quaich Results

A big congratulations to Maurice Brady, Sandra Watson, Judith Smeaton and Dorothy Middleton who won the Sutherland Quaich with 88 VP's. 

In second place we have Linda Delworth, Clemmie Davidson, Kate Maxwell and Nicola Gray with 81 VP's.

In third place we have Heather Braid, Mary Stewart, Billy Mcgee and Frances Kay with 79 VP's.

Burns night social

Burns night social on Friday 24th 18.00 - there will be canapes including haggis bonbons, smoked salmon and complimentary wine followed by a night of relaxed bridge.

To help us the know the numbers please sign up on the sheet which is on the notice board in the club. There will be a standby player so if you turn up without a partner you will still get a game.

Christmas Raffle

The Christmas Raffle raised an amazing £524.13 for the The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian.

We will have a collection tin at the bar for the coming year and plan to have other fundraising events in 2020 to support this very good cause.



Whats on at the Carlton (Jan)

Dennis Wallace Cup

This competition's trophy is awarded to the member who wins most master points on the first ten available Thursdays of each calendar year.

District Final of National Pairs

On Sunday 26th January is the East District Final of the National Pairs. Registration starts at 11am. Play starts at 12pm. For more information please see the East District's website.

Club Cup

The third heat of the club cup is Monday 27th January. The best three results with the same partner determines the winners. There is a handicap prize for less experienced players. 

Whats on at the Carlton (Feb)

Bronze Challenge Pairs

The East District's Bronze Challenge Pairs will be held on Saturday the 1st  February. The signup sheet and more information can be found HERE.

Porteous Cup

The Porteous Cup is held in February and March. This is a team’s competition open to Carlton members. Up to 6 people per team. The dates for this competition are 4th February, 18th February and 3rd March. Teams must play in all three weeks to qualify. There is also a handicapped cup similar to the Club Cup.


Learn as you Play

Learn as you Play

Just finished lessons and not sure how to continue? Want some specific revision with hands to play and practice? Want some help with bidding and/or play and a note of suggested bidding?

If so, Thursday afternoons at 1.30pm is the place to come!

Each lesson will have a theme, followed by a series of hands to play on this theme. You can have as much or little help as you wish, and you will always get suggested bidding sequences as well as a hand record of the cards in each deal.

The Topics for the next 4 weeks are:

Thursday 23 January  -  Blackwood for slams

Thursday 30 January  -  More on the take out double

Thursday 6 February  -  More on transfers over 1NT

Thursday 13 February  -  Weak 2 bids

All sessions start at 1.30pm. No partner needed. Drop in and out if you wish.

This class will run in conjunction with Margo’s second year group. Cost is £5 or £3.50 for members.

Come regularly or just for particular lessons.

Upcoming changes in 2020

Wednesday Evenings free

In order to encourage players to come along on a Wednesday evening there will be no charge to play during January, February and March. There will always be a standby pair available.

Wednesday Evening Teams

The last Wednesday of each calendar month until June will be a teams’ competition. You can enter as a team of four players but you are welcome to come along as a pair as there will always be standby pair. This is great practice for league teams or those wishing to practice for the upcoming Porteous Cup in February. The first three team events of the year will also be free!

Wednesday Evening Standbys

As current Wednesday evening players know, the Board has been providing standby players to eliminate the half table sit out. Based on feedback from Club Members, we have decided to offer all Members the opportunity to act as the standby pair. There is a signup sheet on the notice board in the Club. On nights where no Club Members have volunteered, the Board will still continue to provide a standby, so there will never be a half table.

Bronze events and Thursday Evenings

To encourage Bronze players to try the regular Club competitions we are going to be offering free entry to the Thursday Evening tournament to anyone who wins a Bronze event on a Tuesday Evening or Wednesday Afternoon. Winners will receive a voucher which will be valid for a month. If you can win a Bronze event, you should be able to compete in a regular Club competition. The Board is keen to encourage Bronze players to spread their wings and try new events.

Friday Night Social

The last Friday of each month will be a relaxed social event. We will be offering a free glass of wine (or a soft drink for the drivers!) to all attendees. We will also be offering mentoring on these evenings. Newer players can arrange to partner a more experienced player on these evenings, with an eye on game improvement, in a relaxed setting.

If you are interested in acting as a mentor, or would like a more experienced player as a partner, please contact Andrew at

Wednesday Evening Tournament

Wednesday Evening Tournament

Starting on Wednesday 4 September, the tournament will be run with aggregate scoring

Why aggregate?

In aggregate bridge the most important feature is to make your contract. The overtrick(s) are not of paramount importance, unlike match pointed play. Aggregate scoring is the format used for League Team matches.

You score each board at your table in the normal way. At the end of the evening, all your scores are added together, both plus and minus scores, to give you a simple total. Only the total counts, rather than the score on each individual board.

This total is compared with everyone else playing in your direction and the highest score wins. There are two winners, one North-South and one East-West.

If there are two or more Bronze 1 or Bronze 2 pairs, there will be a prize for the highest placed Bronze 1/2 players.

There will always be a standby pair available, so there will never be a half table.

So, please come along, practise for your League team matches, or just take part in a traditionally enjoyable form of bridge.

This format will be the same until at least March 2020.

Disabled Parking Wheelchair Users UPDATE

Disabled Parking – Wheelchair Users

The Board has decided to designate the space nearest the kitchen as a parking space for members who require a wheelchair to access the club.

To reserve the space please contact the Club Manager who will use a traffic-cone to reserve it. Andrew is very happy to give out his mobile number, please ask him in the club if you need it.  When not required the space will be available to all members.

The Club control the space and therefore are not liable to follow the rules and regulations of Edinburgh City Council Blue Badge holders.

Personal Analysis on the Web Site

You can get a graph of your scores at the club with different partners and over different periods in Personal Analysis.  It is a sub-menu in Results Calendar, click here.  Select your name to see your scores.

Car Park

Members are kindly reminded to adhere to the speed limit when driving into the premises and respect the parking restrictions when using the car park.


Is available in Warriston Gardens [meter parking until 17:30 then free] and in Ferry Road [free]

Afternoon Start Times

Afternoon tournaments will start at 13:15.

Please be seated by 13:00. The director may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive late.

Please remember that the Tuesday Bronze tournament starts at 6:45pm and you should be seated by 6:30pm.

Please phone the Club if there are traffic problems.

Fire Assembly Point

All Club users should be aware that if the fire alarm sounds they should leave the building and go to the the Assembly Point signed at the bottom right hand corner (as you leave) of the car park.  

Contact Us

Telephone: 0131 552 3122

Duncan Cursiter

Carolyn Dempsie

Maurice Brady

Info on Lessons etc

Web queries

Andrew Bailey

Master Points Inquiries

Catering Inquires

Any other queries

2019/20 Classes

Please find the link for the online 2019/20 classes application form HERE. Alternatively you can pick up a paper application in the club on the noticeboard.

Membership Application Form

Click here to download form.

Tuesday Night Bronze
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Monday Evening
Friday Evening MPP
Thursday Afternoon
Thursday evening
Tue 21st Jan 2020
Tuesday Bronze 1/2
Rm 1 18.45
Wed 22nd Jan 2020
Wednesday Bronze 1/2
Rm 1 13.15
Wed 22nd Jan 2020
Wednesday Evening
Rm 1 19.00
Thu 23rd Jan 2020
Thursday Afternoon
Rm 1 13.15
Thu 23rd Jan 2020
Dennis Wallace 3 of 10
Rm 1 19.00
Fri 24th Jan 2020
Friday Evening
Rm 1 19.00
Sun 26th Jan 2020
ED District Final of National Pairs
All Rooms 12.00
Mon 27th Jan 2020
Monday Afternoon
Rm 1 13.15
Mon 27th Jan 2020
Club Cup 3
Rm 1 19.00
Tue 28th Jan 2020
Tuesday Bronze 1/2
Rm 1 18.45
Wed 29th Jan 2020
Wednesday Bronze 1/2
Rm 1 13.15
Wed 29th Jan 2020
Wednesday Evening
Rm 1 19.00