This is the second Mathers on the tour, the first being ticked off on our first night back in July last year. I don’t know if they’re related, but they share more than just a name, both being traditional pubs with real ale and lots of woodenness. I’d say that this one has had a recent mild refurbishment, but it’s not lost much of its character. It’s split over two levels, with the bar at street level and a raised bit at the back, with steps up and a wooden bannister.
It was busy, Tuesday nights obviously no obstacle here. We got the last table, up the back where it was a bit quieter. The punters were mostly males in their 40s or over, but it didn’t seem as much of an “old man’s” domain as it used to. There were plenty ladies and some younger faces too, and the atmosphere was generally lively but friendly.
Cask: Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde, Williams Fraoch, Broughton Greenmantle, Caledonian Deuchars.
Keg: Caesar Augustus, Tennent’s Lager, Stella Artois, John Smith’s, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Kronenbourg 1664, Caledonia Best, Guinness, Symonds cider.
It looked like there was an above average whisky selection.
The round was £13.15 for 3 pints and a soft drink. I’ll put that down as £3.72 per pint, assuming around £2 for the soft drink. I did notice that it was a whopping £4.65 for Schiehallion! Unexpected in a pub like this.
They do food, but I’ve no menu to consult. Burgers, soup, nachos etc. I’m sure we’ve had the nachos in here a couple of years ago and they were fairly decent.
Plenty TVs showing sport and a fireplace, though not sure if it’s still functional.
Twitter: @MathersEastEnd (very quiet, never posted anything)