No. 1 High Street is a nice straight-forward pub, not trying too hard like others on the Royal Mile. It’s quite traditional without being over-the-top, pretty wooden, a few pictures on the wall and one very nice huge map of old Edinburgh from 1835. My only complaint is that the wallpaper gives me the boak a wee bit, too busy for my tastes. There’s a small raised platform at one end of the bar with seats, where I suppose the musicians sit.
At about 830pm on a Tuesday it wasn’t very busy, fairly normal for Edinburgh in general, but others on the High Street tonight were noticeably busier. The folk that were in did appear to be tourists, but there wasn’t much of an atmosphere. All they need is to dim the lights, shove a stag’s head on the wall and bump the prices up a bit and I’m sure it’ll work wonders. Seriously though, it’s probably busier on other nights, Tuesday seems to be the one night that there are no activities like live music or pub quiz. It’s a nice pub, and above average beer choice round here, no reason to avoid it.
Cask: Strathaven Claverhouse Red, Williams Harvest Sun, Stewart’s 80/-, Tetley’s Best Bitter (just finished), Sharp’s Doom Bar, Caledonian Deuchars, Westons Rosie’s Pig (cider).
Keg: Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Belhaven Best, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Magners cider.
Round was £11.40 for 3 pints, so about £3.80 per pint.
Pub classic mains from £9 to £13 but mostly under £10, burgers from £8 to £11, hot dogs from £6 to £7, nachos but no chilli nachos.
Pub quiz monday 830, regular live music. I think you can hire the back room for small functions.
It was too foggy to tell.