Now here’s a pub that ticks a lot of boxes. Good beers, friendly, wooden, a little old-fashioned and not in any danger of being modernised, ‘ooks at the bar, pub dugs, and near my flat. So why have I only been about 10 times in 7 years while living only a few hundred yards away?
You could be mistaken for thinking that, at first glance, this was an “old man’s pub”, but it isn’t. Yes, there were a few older gents in, but there were also (shock!) females, some of them even young. It still has the same vibe it used to, the formula seems to appeal to a wide range of age-groups and walks of life. I was surprised at how busy it was on this Tuesday night visit, but the pub quiz kicking off downstairs probably explains that. It’s not exactly a destination pub, so I assume most of the punters are locals and regulars.
The pub is split over two levels, the upper level presenting a traditional pub feel with a nice dark wood bar, leather pews, small tables, old brewery mirrors, footy on the tellies and Cream on the stereo. Downstairs seems a bit more lively and, dare I say it, trendy. That’s where the pub quiz action happens. The bar down there is a little smaller and I think the real ales are all upstairs (could be wrong), but there are similar leather seats and some books I think.
This is the last Shilling Group of the tour, having ticked off the rest already. Stable-mates are Bar Kohl, Thomson’s Bar, The Fountain and Cross & Corner.
8 cask taps but only 4 on at the time: Alechemy Bad Day At The Office, Scottish Borders Dark Horse, Stewart’s Pentland IPA, Fyne Ales Nebula. Keg: Belhaven Best, West St. Mungo, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Williams Ceasar Augustus, Stowford Press cider.
£16.30 for 4 pints and a coke, so about £3.60 per pint.
There is a kitchen, but there was no sign of food when we were in. I was sure they did basic pub classics though like pies and toasties. Maybe that fell out of favour with the switch to The Shilling Group.
TVs for footy and a weekly pub quiz on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm, occasional live music.