#58: The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh

The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

This is another of Rose Street’s well-preserved old pubs, with a huge, intricately-carved mahogany bar, tiles, a fancy ceiling and stained-glass windows. This certainly attracts tourists.

The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

For no particular reason, I’ve hardly been in here. The few times I have been in the past it always seemed absolutely rammed and lively, in a good way. On this occasion, however, it was fairly quiet, the lights were up and it seemed to lack any real atmosphere despite the lovely bar and fittings. It’s probably just the usual Tuesday night quietness of most pubs in town, but the cynic in my says perhaps it’s a little bit to do with the switch to a Nicholson’s pub several years ago. I’ve already had my Nicholson’s rant, so I’ll spare you this time. On the plus side, the staff were friendly and helpful.

The Bar

The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

5 out of the 6 cask lines were on for this visit: Nicholson’s Pale Ale, Brains SA Gold, Harviestoun Natural Blonde and Bitter & Twisted, and Leeds Brewery Gathering Storm. On keg, the usual suspects: Tennent’s Lager, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Peroni, Strongbow and 1 other I can’t make out.

All the cask beers were £3.40 per pint.

Food

We had our tea here. It’s the usual Nicholson’s menu, burgers (£8-£11.50), fish and chips (£10.75), sausage and mash (£7.50) etc. They do nachos but they were over a tenner, which is an automatic disqualification, so nobody had them.

Amenities

Music: Franz Ferdinand, pop

Function room through the back.

Castle View

Nada.

Contacts

Website: www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thekenilworthrosestreetedinburgh
Parent: www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk

The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh (interior, ceiling)

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One response to “#58: The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh

  1. Nice blog, you can get drunk just by reading …
    I have stolen a picture to write a post on Edinburgh pubs I visited last weekend, I put a link from my blog to your.

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