Cosy, enjoyably chatty backstreet pub with good value lunchtime food and an excellent choice of well kept beers
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This convivial little pub is tucked away from the tourists in a back street and has an eclectic mix of customers and an enjoyable local feel. There are long, curving, well worn, red-plush wall banquettes and stools around cast-iron tables on red carpet, and red pillars supporting a red ceiling. Décor is simple with big casks and vats arranged along the walls, old wine and spirits merchants' notices and gas-type lamps. A quiet panelled back room (a bit like a library) leads off, with a narrow, plank-panelled pitched ceiling and a collection of books ranging from dictionaries to ancient steam-train books for boys; there's a lovely warming coal fire in winter. Seven real ales on handpump might include Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Theakstons Best, plus guests such as Caledonian Edinburgh Castle 80/-, Courage Best, Stewart Telos, Thwaites Wainwright, and Timothy Taylors Landlord; they also stock more than 50 malt whiskies aged from eight to 50 years old, and ten blended whiskies; board games. In days past, the pub was owned by John Kay, a whisky and wine merchant; wine barrels were hoisted up to the first floor and dispensed through pipes attached to nipples that are still visible around the ceiling light rose. Dogs may be allowed outside food service times.
Good Pub Guide Food
Lunchtime food is very good value and includes stovies, pâté with toast, chicken or beef curries, steak pie, chilli con carne, prawn salad, and puddings such as chocolate fudge cake.
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