This is one of Edinburgh’s biggest pubs and attracts large crowds at the weekends, especially in the summer because of the large courtyard. On this visit, a Saturday night, it was busy with general revellers, stag dos and hen dos, a real party atmosphere. It can also get very busy for big sports events, particularly rugby internationals, where they wheel out a big outdoor screen.
Inside it’s quite cavernous with lots of old stonework, stone floors, wooden bars, alcoves and vaulted ceilings. It’s a nice old building and I’d be interested to know what it used to be. My guess would be something to do with brewing.
It’s a G1 Group establishment, so a sister pub to the Ghillie Dhu, Biddy Mulligans and Cabaret/Cafe Voltaire.
This was pub 15 of 19 on our random February blowout. We were only aiming for 8 but got very carried away. Quality will suffer, sorry. I’m not proud of the achievement, it was stupid.
All I have written down is “1 cask, Guinness, Belhaven Best, Tennent’s Lager.” I’m sure there’s more than that so I’ll have to go back at a quieter time and get a better list.
I’ve no idea how much our drinks were.
The menu online looks tempting. Fancy an entire cooked breakfast crammed in with a burger? Or on a pizza? I do. There are 11 burgers and 8 pizzas to choose from, mostly in the £7 to £9 range. Large sharing platters are also available for £12, including non-beef chilli nachos (i.e. pointless).
Pool table, outdoor table football, a “party bus”, dancefloor(s), live music and one of Edinburgh’s largest beer gardens.