#110: Cask and Barrel South Side, West Preston Street, Edinburgh

Cask and Barrel South Side, West Preston Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

So after filling up on a nice big lunch at the Southern, it was onto the Cask and Barrel for pub 2 of 15 in our pre-Christmas bender. I had been bigging the place up to the lads before we got here because I really like it, but the lads weren’t that fussed. They thought it was a bit old man-ish. My kind of pub.

It’s apparently a modern recreation of a traditional Victorian tenement pub. There’s lots of dark wood, a horseshoe bar, heaps of mirrors, pictures and old cigarette adverts etc, 6 TVs mostly showing football and one with the horse racing. On this Saturday afternoon it was mostly full of middle aged gents. I’d suggest a fair majority of them were regulars too.

It won CAMRA Edinburgh Pub of the Year 2012 and is a sister pub to the Cask and Barrel on Broughton Street.

The Bar

Cask and Barrel South Side, West Preston Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Really well kept beer here, by all accounts. On cask this visit was Caledonian Deuchars, Stewart’s 80/-, Orkney Best, Jarrow McConnell’s Irish Stout and Swinging Gibbet, Red Willow Mirthless, Fallen Dragonfly, 1648 Gold Angel. Keg: Staropramen, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Belhaven Best, Stowford Press Cider.

The round was £17.85 for 5.5 pints, so about £3.25 per pint.

Food

None that I noticed, just crisps, nuts etc.

Amenities

6 tellies showing footy and horse racing.

Castle View

Nowt.

Links

Twitter: @caskandbarrelss
Facebook: Cask and Barrel South Side

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