The Advocate is a reasonable pub with real ales, with just a hint of Belhaven cut-and-paste styling about it, a little clinical in its execution of “authentic pub”. That at least means it’s clean and well presented. The photo of the bar below is a bit crap, the full size of the place being around two to three times the size. There are lots of tables and plenty of seating.
This visit was on a Tuesday night, as usual, somewhere around 8 to 9pm. It was relatively busy but we had no problem getting a table. The clientèle were a mixed bunch, but mostly 30s and up with a fair proportion being tourists and/or business types I suspect.
It’s one of 7 Belhaven Pubs within a mile of the castle, the others being Drouthy Neebors, Pivo, The Black Bull (Leith Street), The World’s End, The Albanach, and The White Hart. There are around 90 Behlaven-branded pubs in Scotland, with an unknown number of unbranded ones that are leased out by Green King, Belhaven’s parent.
There were 4 cask taps, but only 1 in action on this occasion, Belhaven St. Andrew’s Ale. Kegs were Peroni, Stella, Staropramen, Carling, Tennent’s Lager, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Strongbow.
More crappy notes, “Coffee, coke and 1.5 pints for £8.80”, so price of a pint is a bit of a guessing game. Here’s my rough thinking: £2 for a coffee, £1.50 for a coke, meaning a pint’s easily under £3.50.
A fairly large menu with about a dozen burgers from £7 to £9.50, mains from about £6 to £9, fish and chips £8.30, hot dogs, nachos, etc. We ate here once a long time ago just after it changed to a Belhaven outfit, and it wasn’t bad. I seem to remember the nachos were above average but not prize-winning (according to our resident expert).
Live music on Friday nights, quiz night Sunday from 9pm. There were three TVs showing winter olympics, football and news.