The Royal Mile Tavern is certainly after the tourists with its old school appearance, but it’s sufficiently dark and wooden to make me instantly like it. It’s a bit over the top, what with the likes of a stag’s head and a medieval-looking wrought iron chandelier, but some of the details really do look old, like late 19th / early 20th century, though I’m no expert.
In particular, most of the woodwork, cornices, picture rails and embossed bits above the picture rail seem genuine, though I suppose they could have been reclaimed from elsewhere. The walls are festooned with black and white photos and mirrors, but they’re probably from Olde-Pubs-R-Us.
It was relatively busy for a Tuesday, circa 6:30pm, but we had no trouble getting a table. I’d say most of the punters were tourists, if not all, excluding us. Music on the stereo was to our liking, Hurricane by Bob Dylan, On the Beach by Neil Young, etc.
It’s a Bruce Group pub, sister pub to the likes of Whistlebinkies, Bar Salsa, Fiddlers Arms, The Globe, etc.
Cask: Orkney Dark Island, Taylor’s Landlord, Caledonian Deuchars and 80/-.
Keg: Tennent’s Lager, Caledonia Best, Stella Artois, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Williams Joker IPA, Leffe, Innis and Gunn Lager, Estrella Damm, Guinness, Royal Mile Gold, and Magners cider. I didn’t think to ask who makes the house beer.
It was £20.10 for 5 pints, averaging out at £4.02. That’s just high enough to tag it as Pricey (£4 or over).
A small selection of burgers, mostly just shy of £10. Nachos from £8, but not with chilli. Mains are Scottish pub classics like fish & chips, sausage & mash, haggis etc, mostly under £10.
Live music most nights at 10pm. See their website for up-to-date listings.
Nobody went to look, but there’s some sort of wee room above the bar, we figured it was probably for private hire or just more seating.
Ach, we didn’t check. Given that next door was a “yes”, I’ll guess this is the same, but there’s no proof.