Good selection of beer, often a focus on Scottish cask. Very recently added two more keg lines so expect to see the selection improve. Has had a frequently changing kitchen, don’t think I’ve ever eaten here though. Good staff, good prices, nice pub.
Visited on Saturday lunch time so it was very quiet. Kind of traditional pub. Some great local ales on tap one of them was brewed for the pub only. Didn’t check the bottle selection and food. Friendly and informative staff. Card paymet charged with +40p extra which is strange. Worth a visit.
Booze hall type layout. Mostly cask ales in terms of interesting beers, always in good condition. Staff are friendly, service is good. Decent pub all round but not exactly a Willy Wonka factory of craft beer, always something worth drinking though
Visited on Saturday 08/12/12 around 4pm.
Just a 2 or so minutes walk from the Hanging Bat, Cloisters is a trad pub in an old stone building.
Pretty spacious inside, the way the furniture is laid out does not make this place feel cramped.
8 beers on cask during my visit, largely Scottish micros, supplemented with one or two Engels, all in good condition.
Lively and friendly Saturday afternoon crowd all in good spirits, service was fine.
Decent boozer and well worth a visit before or after the Bat.
Friday 24th Oct 2014: rammed with happy customers. Friendly, busy staff and good conditioned cask ales makes the mini-scrum at the bar worth it. We found the girls seats and my mate and I stood. Came here years ago and it was the same: very popular with locals and tourists alike, mostly locals on both my visits. Nice bar but too small for the amount of customers it can cram in. A proper drinking bar with character.
2014-07-09. Nice selection of casks and taps but few I would rave about tonight. bartender is friendly and seems knowledgable. Cozy, friendly puppy at next table. Atmosphere is very comfortable, lots of wood with a very traditional pub feel, but with just a bit of a cafe infusion as well. We only stayed for one drink here as we had had a big day already but would have liked to have stayed longer.
Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. This is another bar that we’d been to a few times before with Craig and Stella but on this occasion we were on our own. Cloisters as you might expect is close to a church, I’m not sure of the name of the church or even the area where we were. The bar has lots of wood and appears quite old we both like the spiral staircase. It had a rather stale beer smell today which was one if the only negatives. Whilst there were plenty of taps/handpumps from which to choose, the choice was a little too dominated by Abbeydale beers which are fine but with such a thriving beer scene around now I think by limiting themselves they might be missing a trick. The barman was very good he spotted a beer (already served) on a table and was clearly unhappy with the appearance offering to replace it for another beer which I believe he did in the end. The bar is to the left and in front of you as you enter. I really like Cloisters, however it is clear that competition is really hotting up on the pub/bar front in Edinburgh and I fear that this bar could effectively be left behind by the top choices and become something of a ’best of the rest’ type establishment.