The Auld Hoose is a traditional tenement pub with a large central bar, dark wood panelling, hooks and stools at the bar, wooden floor, a jukebox, fitted benches and a mixture of old and new beer advertising on the walls.
We arrived just before the quiz night kicked off. It was busy enough that there were no tables left, but there was plenty room for us to stand by the bar. Most of the punters were in their twenties, but it didn’t really feel like a student pub.
Speaking of the quiz, you should go just to witness the amazing voice-projection abilities of the quiz master. We thought he was hooked up to the sound system, but no. He wasn’t shouting either, but his voice seemed to be emanating from the very walls. Quite remarkable.
Cask: Bristol Beer Factory Independence, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Wychwood Hobgoblin. The last two there are their “resident” beers. Keg: Hoegaarden, Staropramen, Carlsberg, Guinness, Addlestone cider and Stowford Press cider. Bottles: Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, Anchor, Westons, Brooklyn, Brewdog.
I’ve no record of the price of our round, but in one of the photos above it says the Addlestones cider is £3.70, so I suspect the cask beers are about the same or maybe cheaper.
I have it on good authority, though not from our resident nacho expert, that the nachos here are very good. I saw a massive plate being served and had to ask if they were the regular or large portion, but they were only the regular. The large version, “Muchos Muchos Grande Nachos”, are apparently “the largest nachos in Edinburgh”. We’ll have to come back and try them out some day.
The rest of the menu is fairly simple, classic pub grub like burgers, chilli, steak pie etc, all £8.50 or under. Gav seemed to enjoy his burger. Students get a 10% discount on all food.
Pub quiz on Tuesday nights at 8pm. We witnessed it kicking off, which meant we didn’t get a go of the jukebox, apparently the best stocked “metal, punk and goth” selection in town.