The New Melville Bridge Club
Located not far from Edinburgh Zoo
The place to learn and play bridge in Edinburgh
OnLine XIMP Pairs
Thursday F2F x-IMPS
Wed Afternoon MP
Improver Pairs
F2F pairs
OnLine MP Pairs
OnLine MP Pairs
Thu 29th Feb 2024
F2F XIMP Pairs
Pinkhill 7.00 pm
Director: Hasan
Fri 1st Mar 2024
OnLine MP Pairs
BBO 1.30 pm
Director: Troy
Fri 1st Mar 2024
F2F MP Pairs
Pinkhill 7.00 pm
Director: Jeff
Mon 4th Mar 2024
F2F MP Pairs
Pinkhill 12.45 pm
Director: Andrew
Mon 4th Mar 2024
OnLine MP Pairs
BBO 7.00 pm
Director: Tom R
Our Weekly Bridge Schedule

Monday F2F and Wednesday F2F

starting at 12.45 pm at Pinkhill.

Thursday F2F and Friday F2F

starting at 7.00 pm at Pinkhill.

N.B. Pre-Booking is required by members for our Monday afternoon tournament as it is very busy.  Visitors are requested to phone the club on: 0131 334 4467 if they wish to take part or by email to the the bridge operations manager.

OnLine Bridge on BBO

Restricted to members only.

Monday and Thursday evenings

starting at 7.00 pm

Friday afternoons

starting at 1.30 pm.

Social Bridge

We offer weekly games of social bridge on the RealBridge platform for use by players making up their own tables of four. The charge is £4 for a table.

A new set of 24 hands is created on Mondays and these remain the same for seven days.

Players are requested to submit their payment after they have finished playing by using this Payment Link or the link above the lobby table view on RB.

One of the four players should login using this LOGIN link. That player can add a table IF the ones showing have been used, or partially used, by using the + late table button. That player can also start the round, if nobody else has, by clicking on the Start round 1 button.

Please DO NOT open the TD table, it serves no purpose for the purposes of social bridge.

The other players should login by clicking HERE .

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Welcome to The New Melville Bridge Club
About our club
About our club

We are the largest bridge club in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK with 612 members and 150 students learning bridge in our Academy.

If you know how to play bridge and are interested in joining our club then click on the Membership button above for more information and an application form.

Members can also read pages reserved for them using the membership button.

Click HERE for a virtual tour of the club.



If you are interested in learning how to play bridge, click on the Melville Bridge Academy button for information about our classes and an application form. Classes for the current term started on 8 January and will finish at the end of March.

Last updated : 25th Feb 2024 12:48 GMT
Aileen's Last Week

This week is a sad week for the Melville as we say goodbye to our stewardess Aileen on Wednesday. She is the longest serving employee of the club as she worked at the previous premises in Grosvenor Crescent for about twenty years. We wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement.



Last updated : 27th Feb 2024 12:16 GMT
Former Chairman Passes Away

We are very sad to announce the death of Fiona Lawson who passed away a few days ago. Fiona was a very long-standing member of the club serving as club chairman in 1985 and again in 2001. She was a fine bridge player and reached the SBU rank of Grand Master about 15 years ago. Her name will be engraved on numerous club, district and national trophies.

Fiona's funeral is on 11 March at Warriston Crematorium at 2.30 for a short, non religious ceremony then to the Caledonian Hall at the Botanics for a celebration of her life.

Last updated : 29th Feb 2024 09:53 GMT
SBU National Pairs Heat

The club will be hosting a regional qualifying event for the SBU National Pairs on Sunday 17 March 2024 commencing at 1.00 pm.  A minimum of 32 boards will be played, table money is £6.00 per player of which £1.50 will be forwarded to SBU. There will be a break after the first 24 boards and we would expect to finish by 18:30 hrs. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available for purchase during the event. Chris Miller will be your TD.

The winner of this event is guaranteed a place in the final due to be held in Glasgow on the 13th April. The next best scores from the six regional events will also be invited. The SBU are hoping that the final will be contested by 24 pairs.

The club will be open from midday, with registration and payment at the bar as normal, so please arrive early enough for this to be progressed smoothly prior to the start at 1300 hrs.


Last updated : 25th Feb 2024 12:23 GMT
Job Available

Due to the retirement of a key member of staff the Board of NMBC are looking to engage a suitable individual to undertake the duties currently undertaken by Aileen on Monday afternoons (11:00am - 15:00pm) and Wednesday afternoons (11:30am to 15:00pm).

Duties include: taking card payments on an easy to use payment system, being a welcome face to attending members and guests, serving tea, coffee, limited foodstuffs and alcohol as required, tidying the kitchen area, noting stock requirements and informing the facilities manager.

Any other duties as specified in the role profile. This role will be paid at £13 per hour. If any member knows of anyone who would be interested in this position, It would be appreciated if they would advise Andrew, Julie Choudhury or Sandra Watson, or any Member of the Board.

Last updated : 25th Feb 2024 12:23 GMT
Bridge Sessions for Players New to the Game

On Tuesday evenings at Pinkhill we hold an Improvers Pairs session at 7.00 pm. These sessions are aimed at people making the transition from student to club player. They will help to build confidence enabling new players to play hands in under 8 minutes - the club standard is a maximum of 7 minutes per board. Help and guidance will be given intermittently on aspects of bidding, play and table organisation. Players with, or without a partner are most welcome.

On Wednesday afternoons at Pinkhill we hold a Novices Pairs session aimed at players who have completed one or more years of lessons. Help with the bidding and play will be provided from an experienced player.

Table money for each of the above sessions is £3 payable by debit or credit card at the bar.

Written commentaries of the hands will also be available to take away after play has finished.


Last updated : 25th Feb 2024 12:21 GMT

The New Melville Bridge Club is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. 

Registered Office: 1 Pinkhill, Edinburgh EH12 7BA. Telephone: 0131 334 4467

Company Registration Number: SC 437291. Charity Registration number: SC043594, 

The Club is affiliated to the Scottish Bridge Union and the SBU East District.


Last updated : 13th Jan 2024 12:55 GMT
Ronaldson Bowl 2024

Entries are now being taken for the Ronaldson Bowl teams of four competition which is played over two sessions on Wednesdays 20 and 27 March in the evening. Teams can have up to six members.

Please enter your team using the form below.

Last updated : 25th Feb 2024 12:26 GMT
Melville v Carlton

We are looking for sixteen pairs for the annual friendly match between the Melville and the Carlton which is being held at the Melville on Wednesday 10 April at 7.00 pm. Both clubs will field a team with a range of abilities and experience. If you would like to be considered for the team please add your name to the list below. We are looking for pairs of players.

Last updated : 25th Feb 2024 12:26 GMT