Just love the design of this place: opulent elegance hits you as you enter, a wonderful central bar and plush decor all around it. The eating room is also a joy to see (did not eat, but had a good look around). Friendly staff, good conditioned cask ales and not enough seating on a Saturday night (25th Oct 2014). We stood next to a painting of Faraday and I pontificated about his electro magnetic fields while downing two excellent pints of Scottish Ale.
One of the most beautiful grand design Victorian pubs in Britain. If your budget is not a big issue eat in its Oyster Bar, just to say you have done it. Could and should be a lot more adventurous with its bottled beers. If anywhere needs to know the benefit of stocking a small elite range of high quality bottled beers it is here. The bottle cabinets look like a sponsored advert for a new design of toilet wallpaper.
Beautiful bar with polite service.In terms of beer, it doesnít stand up to its impressive neighbour the Guildford Arms. However, Iím not sure if this is because they donít really have their finger on the pulse of whatís good in beer right now or whether they donít have quite cellar-mastering experience. Itís good to pick up the odd beer you wonít have had before.
danlo (88) Darlington , England | November 6, 2013
Bar located just off Princes Street in central Edinburgh. Interesting interior with lots of mosaics on the wall and traditional central bar. Some Scottish real ales but a fairly limited selection compared to others.
I was quite surprised how lowly reviewed this pub is. First, the interior of this pub is truly splendid, well worth a visit. Location is very convenient for the new town and train station. On my visit they had 7 cask ales, all Scottish. While I wouldnít say the selection is awesome from a pure beer nerd point of view (a bit samey, no real standouts), it is more than adequate and unless youíre Scottish youíll probably get a tick or two if thatís what you need. But come here for a pleasant pint in a lovely old pub.
Decorative pub in the city centre with beautiful fixtures, tiling and windows. The beer range was pretty staid on our visit, which seems to be quite normal by the looks, but well served. More about the pub than the beer here, certainly worth a visit.