Once again, I was on holiday for this visit. Here’s the summary from the lads on another Tuesday after work:
Mediocre wood. 10% off for CAMRA members. Plenty of seating. Friendly staff.
I haven’t been in for years, apart from 5 minutes to pop in for these photos on a Saturday afternoon. Pretty busy then, but not on a Tuesday obviously.
The story goes that in the 1920s it was a popular meeting place for a group of literary types of the time including Hugh McDiarmid, Sorley MacLean and Norman MacCaig. They called themselves “Le Groupe de la Renaissance Ecossaise”, and their aim was to promote Scots language in literature.
What I like about this pub is its relatively labyrinthine layout compared with most pubs in Edinburgh. It’s one of only a few pubs in town that are anywhere near as convoluted as some of those in Dublin or London. Still pretty small by comparison, but there are essentially three bars; one upstairs and two downstairs.
On cask for this trip was Everards Equinox, Oakham Ales Inferno, Orkney Corncrake, Shepherd Neame Late Red, Inveralmond Lia Fail. Keg: Guinness, Kronenbourg 1664, Carling.
The round worked out at around £3.80ish per pint, but no exact numbers.
The lads said:
Too expensive for very standard pub fare.
“Big Ben Burger” not big enough (by a mile) and £11. No matter how much salt was added to chips they were tasteless.
‘ooks at bar. TV showing sport. Clock.
-ve. Lamp has one mismatched shade.
There’s also some seating out on Rose Street, and a few more down the steps from Hanover Street outside the downstairs bar.