I think The Inn On The Mile hasn’t been open for much over a year, replacing The Bank Hotel, a pretty unlovable place. There isn’t even a hint of the old place left, now very modern and a bit flashy. It doesn’t feel like a hotel bar, you’d be forgiven for not realising there are rooms available too.
The high ceilings, cornice and tiled floor hint at the old nature of the building, but are outgunned by the rest of the decor: huge lampshades, shiny bronze and gold, leather seats, chunky tables, a treasure chest and what can only be described as some “geometric installations”. A big display of bottles and stuff behind the bar is quite dominant, all lit up in blue.
Russ wanted me to point out that the front door is stupid – it doesnae shut properly, and lets the cold in. Doug found a half pint glass hidden near our seat, and in it was a note saying something like “take me to the bar for a free half!” It worked, too. That got us looking for more, but we didn’t find anything else, not even in the treasure chest.
It wasn’t exactly packed, but busy for a Tuesday, and busy enough that we thought we weren’t going to get a table. Punters were mostly youngish, in their 20s and 30s. I couldn’t tell if they were tourists, hotel patrons, students, etc.
As part of the G1 Group, it’s sister bars include Ghillie Dhu, Biddy Mulligans, The Three Sisters, etc.
Cask: “The Mile” ale (house beer brewed by Inveralmond), Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Caledonian Flying Scotsman and Deuchars. I’m not 100% sure the B&T was cask.
Keg: Harviestoun Schiehallion, Innis & Gunn Original, Guinness, Tennent’s Lager, Heverlee, Estrella Damm, Caledonia Best, Magners cider.
They had a small “cockt-ales” menu, 3 cocktails involving Deuchars and 1 with Schiehallion. I can’t say the idea particularly floats my boat.
The round was £21.45 for 3 Bitter & Twisted, 1 Shiehallion, a Blue Moon and half house ale, so about £3.90 on average. Schiehallion was pricey at £4.20.
A relatively short menu of pub classics, steak pie, burger, fish and chips etc, ranging from £7 to £13, but mostly under £10. We ate here on this visit, food was nice enough, but it was too long ago to really remember. No complaints, certainly.
Live music, at least on Thursdays, perhaps more often. Mondays are quiz night, but their web page says 1pm, surely not? The big screens were showing footy, and there were some books over at the end of the bar.
Amy said it was worth pointing out that there were baby changing facilities in the toilets.