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.
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.
None that I noticed, just crisps, nuts etc.
6 tellies showing footy and horse racing.