This must be one of Edinburgh’s biggest pubs, situated in Oddfellows Hall, an old Oddfellows “grand lodge”. This helps to explain the rear portion of the pub, a big room with a balcony, high ceilings and old stonework (pictured below). It’s much more impressive in person, reminiscent of some of the huge old pubs in Dublin.
It was fairly quiet on this visit (a Tuesday night around 7pm) and felt a bit soulless. The size doesn’t really help when it’s quiet, but no doubt it’s heaving at the weekends with live bands drawing in the punters.
Two casks, Caledonian Deuchars and one guest I didn’t notice on the night (thanks for the spot Pat). The rest on keg: Heineken, Caledonia Best, Budweiser, Magners, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Staropramen, and Innis & Gunn Lager.
Round was £15.10 for 3 Deuchars and a Best, so around £3.78 per pint.
Around 11 burgers in the £7.50 to £13 range, though most of them are £9 or under. My burger wasn’t bad, but not that exciting. The nachos looked big and impressive for £8, with very nice nacho chips, and Russ (our nacho expert) was initially singing their praises. However, I think they lost points for having the wrong sort of cheese or something and they went cold too quickly.
Live music and big screen(s?) for sport. There’s a hostel attached too in case you’re that much of a party animal. Russ complained that the toilets were in bad nick, with the tap on only 1 out of 3 basins working.