The Bailie is a surprisingly large basement bar with a very traditional feel to it. It’s got lots of red leather seats and stools, red ceiling, black walls, old photos, a central bar, real fire, old lamps, mirrors and a sneaky hidden telly.
It was pretty busy for a Tuesday night, with a wide range of age-groups and walks of life, really adding to the old-school local pub feel, and it felt very friendly. Westy’s dog Murphy was treated to a bowl of water all to himself, and we didn’t even ask for one.
It appears to be a Caledonian Heritable pub, so a sister pub to the likes of Ryan’s Bar, The Peartree, Tiles, etc. The tip-off was the Calton Gold link on their website (Calton Gold being the house lager for Caledonian Heritable pubs). A little digging on the web brought up Caledonian Heritable Limited at Company Check, and the address of the Bailie is listed there as a trading address, though that’s not exactly foolproof. Why doesn’t Caley Heritable have its own web site? It’d be a lot easier. And why do none of its pub websites say they’re part of the same family, are they embarrassed about it?
6 cask: Courage Directors, Caledonian Deuchars, Taylor’s Landlord, Cairngorm Wildcat, Caledonian Old Acquaintance, Orkney Dark Island. Keg: Budweiser Budvar, Tennent’s Lager (x2), Blue Moon, Guinness, Inveralmond Sunburst, McEwan’s Export, Caledonia Best. There may be some missing as, being a Caledonian Heritable pub (probably), they’re highly likely to have Calton Gold on. I didn’t go all the way round the bar.
It was £9.05 for 2.5 pints, so around £3.62 per pint.
The food looked good though we’d already eaten. Russ hadn’t yet though, so he ordered the nachos and thought they were pretty good. £8 for the 2-person portion (he ate them all himself, of course). Can you elaborate on “pretty good” please Russ, in the comments? The burgers are all around £9 and the mains £8 to £10.
Tellies for sport, real coal fire, live music, outdoor seating.