Guest post by Iain, cheers guv.
Friendly little pub with a traditional timber bar on the left as you walk in and then a small area to the back with tables and chairs. The decoration to the rear is a bit dated and it looked like there had been a small leak around one of the windows. [I think the “dated” decor is why I like it so much. It reminded me of a small-town pub on the West coast of Ireland. Dave.]
As for the name of the bar, there’s a western isles feel to the place, a big map of the Hebrides on the wall, faded tartan carpet with matching stools and there was traditional Scottish fiddle music being played on the stereo. Just in case you’re not from Scotland, it’s pronounced Heh-brid-ease, not He-brides as we’ve heard it pronounced before. That would be a very different bar.
The small bar was busy with the sociable locals sitting around and the criac seemed lively. The bar staff were equally friendly and although the pub was relatively busy the beers were poured proficiently.
Cask: Orkney Dark Island, Caledonian Deuchars. Kegs: Belhaven(?) Best, Tennent’s Lager, Carling, Stella Artois, Guinness, Strongbow.
The round cost £10.50 for 3 pints, so £3.50 a pint.
No food served.
Thursday night is jazz and blues music and also live music is played Saturday/Sunday nights from 9pm. One small TV above the bar, but is very inconspicuous.
[Erm. We didn’t check, but going by Google Streetview I’d say yes, you can probably see the ramparts looking all the way up Market street. Dave.]