#141: Indigo Yard, Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh

Indigo Yard, Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh (exterior)

I still have a soft spot for Indigo Yard. It used to be an old Friday night haunt of ours when we were fresh out of uni, back in the day when you could get a jug of Stella for £4 (or something). You could barely move, it was so busy, until happy hour was over when things would calm down.

It’s quite different now, having had a makeover some time last year. They’ve gone full tilt for the whole “craft beer” meme, but I’ll spare you my rants about that for once. The decor is industrial-meets-garden-shed, vaguely reminiscent of but nowhere near as far gone as The Potting Shed. Old stone walls meet steel girders, glasses are in a metal gantry above the bar, there’s distressed wood cladding on the bottom of the bar, and the dining-friendly area is similarly wooden.

It was quite busy for a Tuesday night, with a good mix of age groups. We had no bother getting a table.

It’s part of the Montpeliers group of upmarket bars around town, their cohorts being Montpeliers in Bruntsfield, Rick’s Bar, and Candy Bar.

The Bar

Indigo Yard, Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

There’s a big list of beers, but no indication of which are cask or keg. Without photographic evidence I’ll guess that the casks were Doom Bar, Caledonian Deuchars and the house beer, No. 7 by Belhaven apparently.

The rest were Innis & Gunn original and lager, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Franciscan Wells Rebel Red and Shandon Stout, Blue Moon, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Belhaven Best, Belhaven Black, Grolsch Blond, Carling, Peroni, Estrella Damm, Budvar, Staropramen, Krusovice, Asahi, Cobra, Molson Canadian, Coors Light, Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime and Cornish Orchard.

“Craft beers” bottles section of the menu has: Innis & Gunn, Williams Brothers, Harviestoun, Stewart’s, Barney’s, Sharp’s, Camden, Kernel, Redchurch, Anchor, Samuel Adams, Goose Island, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, 10 Saints. More bottles are available, but I haven’t bothered writing them out, they’re the usual dull crowd pleasers.

No notes on our round, but we probably went for the cheapest option, the No. 7 at £3.95 a pop. From the menu it’s £4.71 per pint on average. The “craft” bottles were £4.87 on average.

Food

Burger at Indigo Yard

Tasty food at confusing prices. £10.95 for a burger on its own or £10 for the same burger and some mighty tasty salt & pepper chilli ribs (normally £5.45). Go on then, you twisted my arm. The offer applies to any starter plus main in the designated list. Otherwise, mains are in the £10 to £13 range.

The cynic in me is thinking the £10 deal is a ploy to make you stay longer and thereby drink more of their expensive beer, but the maths still doesn’t add up. So I’ll give it a rest and admit it – it’s a great deal.

Amenities

There’s a decent sized patio area out the front with umbrellas and possibly heaters too.

Castle View

Zilch.

Links

Website: www.indigoyardedinburgh.co.uk
Twitter: @IndigoYard
Facebook: Indigo Yard
Parent: Montpeliers (Edinburgh) Limited

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