The New Melville Bridge Club
Located not far from Edinburgh Zoo
The place to learn and play bridge in Edinburgh
Improver Pairs
Tuesday Bronze
F2F MP Pairs
OnLine MP Pairs
F2F MP Pairs
F2F XIMP Pairs
OnLine XIMP Pairs
Tue 23rd Jul 2024
Improvers Pairs
Pinkhill 7.00 pm
Director: Edward
Host: M Gray
Tue 23rd Jul 2024
Bronze Pairs
Pinkhill 7.00 pm
Director: Edward
Wed 24th Jul 2024
F2F MP Pairs
Pinkhill 12.45 pm
Director: Rob H
Wed 24th Jul 2024
Novices Pairs
Pinkhill 12.45 pm
Director: Fiona G
Wed 24th Jul 2024
Accumulator Week 15
Pinkhill 7.00 pm
Director: Troy
The Accumulator
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This annual, summer long F2F evening competition, runs on Wednesday evenings until the end of August.

It is aimed at players of all standards and experience as a handicap system, based upon SBU master point ranks, is applied. ..........

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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 over 630 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.

Last updated : 15th Jul 2024 09:27 BST
SBU On-Line Bronze Swiss Pairs Winners

Congratulations to club members Dawn and Peter Beckett who won the SBU On-Line Bronze Swiss Pairs on Sunday 21 July with five wins and a draw in a field of 24 pairs. Peter Martin and Walter Hamilton finished in third place with five wins.

Last updated : 21st Jul 2024 17:04 BST
Learn to play Bridge at The New Melville
Learn to play Bridge at The New Melville

Are you interested in learning how to play Bridge? If you are, we offer lessons at the best bridge academy in town with a team of dedicated teachers and excellent facilities. Classes for the autumn term will start the week beginning Monday 23 September and are offered at various levels from complete beginner to those wanting to improve their game.

Click on the Melville Bridge Academy button at the top of this page for more details and the full programme of lessons we are offering this autumn.

Bridge is fun, sociable and good for your brain. For most people, playing around a card table is the most enjoyable format of the game but it can also be enjoyed on-line from the comfort of your home.

Last updated : 21st Jul 2024 17:00 BST
Murder at the Bridge Club
Murder at the Bridge Club

The club is organising a 'Murder Mystery Evening' at the clubhouse on Saturday 14 September as part of the 'Festival of Bridge' initiative that is being jointly sponsored by the SBU and the EBU. Net profits are going to the Festival of Bridge charity; Cancer Research. All you need is a team of 4 people but they do not need to be bridge players, so bring family and friends along to join you for an evening of fun.

Tickets cost £30 for a team of 4 people and that price includes sandwiches, cookies & tea and coffee. The bar will also be open for other drinks.  

We will all sit down as if we are about to play a game of bridge, but although we all like to take our bridge seriously, we can't just carry on when this happens.......

So come and join us on 14 September at 19.00 to help Inspector Spade discover "who done it" and why.

Tickets can be purchased on-line by clicking HERE.

If you are not able to attend that night you can make a donation to Cancer Research by clicking HERE.

Last updated : 21st Jul 2024 16:59 BST
Summer BBQ
Summer BBQ

Tickets are now on sale for our Annual BBQ which is on Saturday 3 August. Click HERE to purchase a ticket. This is one of the most popular events in the Melville calendar.

The day will commence with a drinks reception from 1.00 pm followed by a pairs tournament starting at 2.00 pm prompt.

The excellent barbecue will be held at the end of the bridge tournament and will include Pulled Pork and Salmon Salad which proved to be “fans’ favourites” last year. Vegetarian options will also be available. The BBQ will then be followed by a further optional bridge session and is likely to commence shortly after 6 pm.

Tickets are priced at £30 per head. This is a Members Only event and numbers will be kept to a maximum of 100. Click here to see who has bought a BBQ ticket.

Last updated : 21st Jul 2024 16:59 BST
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 : 18th Jun 2024 10:25 BST

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
Our Weekly Bridge Schedule

Face-to-Face Bridge (Open to members and visitors)

Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 12.45 pm.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 7.00 pm.

Tuesday evenings are aimed at bronze players but all are welcome.

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

OnLine Bridge (Restricted to members only)

Monday and Thursday evenings at 7.00 pm on BBO

Friday afternoons at 1.30 pm on BBO

Last updated : 18th Jun 2024 09:59 BST
New Melville Leagues Autumn 2024

If you are entering a team for the next iteration of the New Melville Leagues please enter the names of the players in your team below. Teams can have up to six members all of whom must be members of the club.

Last updated : 10th Jul 2024 09:35 BST
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 .

Last updated : 22nd Jul 2024 16:35 BST