It was strange being back in here, an old haunt from uni days, though back then it was a Hogshead pub and full of students. It’s barely recognisable though, having been entirely revamped at some point in the intervening decade or more. Relatively well presented, if a little contrived and busy-looking, you can expect assorted chairs, assorted floor coverings, assorted lamp shades, assorted wallpapers, pictures, mirrors, knick-knacks on the walls, puggy machines, several TVs and fake wooden beams. It’s also really quite large.
This visit was pretty quiet, quite normal for a Tuesday night. Considering how cheap the food is though, I’d have expected it to be a bit busier. There were a few business types in and some relative youngsters up the back. I think it’s still leaning studentwards in general.
It’s a Stonegate pub, along with the other ex-Hogshead on Rose Street, now the Amber Rose (though that’s still closed due to a fire last year). The Living Room on George Street is also part of the family along with the Slug & Lettuce chain and Scream pubs.
On cask: Caledonian Deuchars X 2, Stewart’s SRA, Inveralmond Ossian, Strathaven Old Mortality. Kegs: Guinness, Carling, Tennent’s Lager, Becks Vier, Stella Artois, John Smith, Magners, Strongbow.
A pint of Ossian was £3.45.
Pretty cheap. 7 burgers from £6.45 to £8.45, mains £5.95 to £9.95. Some meals are on special offer, £8.45 for two from a list of about 10 pub classics. There’s also “burger and a drink” for £6.95, and most cask beers are included (anything under 4.3% ABV).