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.
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.
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.
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.
Music: Franz Ferdinand, pop
Function room through the back.