Platform 5 opened in May this year, housed within the ground floor of the adjoining Tune hotel, across the road from Haymarket train station. It’s not a hotel bar though, it’s a Belhaven pub, and a pretty big one to boot.
The interior has a modern mix of wood, cement, steel girders and exposed brick, with a little bit of pastel colouring here and there. The flags that were up for the World Cup added some more colour, it could look a bit drab without them. Downstairs at street level there are high ceilings and almost ceiling-height windows, and yet it still seemed a little dark, probably cos they’ve gone spotlight crazy. At one end of the long wooden bar there are some steps up to the rear bar which has some loungey fitted seats and a lower ceiling, making it relatively cosy compared to downstairs.
A big bar and a Tuesday night is often a recipe for a quiet pub, but it seemed to be relatively busy on our visit, most tables were occupied. New bar, the World Cup, cheapish beer, and proximity to the station could all be playing their part.
Despite not being a hotel bar, it does feel a bit like one, or maybe an airport bar, slightly sterile and chain-y. Maybe it’s the concrete. Iain took quite a dislike to the place, but nothing about it elicits any strong opinion either way from me.
Cask: Inveralmond Ossian, Greene King IPA, Caledonian Deuchars, 1 off. Keg: Belhaven Best, Craft Pilsner and Twisted Thistle, Tennent’s Lager, West 4, Carling, Guinness, Heineken, Peroni, San Miguel, Innis & Gunn Lager, Stella Artois, Strongbow.
The round was £10.15 for 3 pints, so about £3.38 a pop.
Quite a large menu, mostly pub classics (fish & chips etc), curries and burgers. Burgers all under £9 including a drink from their “selected range”. Almost everything else is under £10, and some are “2 for £10.50” Sunday to Thursday.