This is an amazing pub. Just look at it! Not only does it look the part, there’s a decent selection of good beers and whiskies to boot.
The front half is decked out with what I can only assume is original woodwork from the turn of the 20th century, intricately decorated and painted in places. The ceiling is also very detailed. Through the back it’s more ordinary with half height wooden panelling and plain white walls with a bit of ugly wallpaper here and there.
It can get extremely busy, particularly during the Edinburgh Festival, and I’m sure I’ve been crammed in here before watching the rugby (admittedly years ago), barely able to move.
There are 10 cask lines, with 9 on for this visit: Wells Bombardier, Windswept APA, Caledonian Deuchars, Orkney Dark Island, Stewart’s 80, Tyne Bank Rauchbier, Young’s Bitter, Summer Wine Barista Espresso Stout, Highland Old Norway.
14 keg taps: Tennent’s Lager (x2), Williams Joker, West St Mungo, Estrella Damm, Fruli, Addlestone Cloudy, Peroni, West Hefeweizen, Staropramen, Budvar, Bitburger, Guinness, Caledonia Best.
Our round was £18.60 for 4.5 pints (2 Joker, 1 SWB, 1 Windswept, half Fruli), so actually a bit steep at £4.13 per pint in this small sample. I blame the Fruli and the Jokers, but I’m still a bit surprised.
There’s the “Gallery Restauraunt” upstairs or you can get food down in the bar too. I didn’t get a look at the menu but if it’s anything like the Abbotsford or Cumberland it’ll be good.
No music. TV showing adverts for the Guildford Arms and 80s Tennent’s adverts. There’s often football on.