Scotland > Edinburgh
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A very worthy stop, just out of the train station, in a little alleypath heading towards the Royal Mile. A most charming little corner bar with excellent traditional scottish food (The haggis was excellent). Cosy and friendly undoubtedly, this was probably my favourite in Edinburgh for the atmosphere. They had this thing going on in summer 2007 where every week, they had all their beers from a same brewery, scottish of course. Excellent if small selection, intended for the local.
Sigmund (169) Tau, Norway | August 27, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Visited with the RBESG 2007 crowd. Charming tiny pub with 3-4 decent cask ales. The haggis was very tasty, despite being warmed in the microwave.
pivnizub (500) Bochum, PorķřŪ, Germany | August 16, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Tiny, cozy pub just a few steps off the "touristic" mile; friendly and helpful staff (including a friendly dog...), a nice selection of four cask- ales is waiting for the thirsty beer-geek. Worth a visit !
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | July 29, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A flying visit here whilst changing trains at Edinburgh on the way up to Aberdeen. The original intention was to stay a bit longer and sample some of the traditional Scottish food on offer such as Cullen Skink, Neeps, Haggis etc but bad weather caused a delay to my train so it was just a case of a couple of quick halves here. Found the pub to be very cosy with a friendly atmosphere and will have to pay another visit when next in the capital.
DonMagi (50) bantervile, England | June 3, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Great haggis, homemade by the manageress apparently. Didnt feel entirly welcome the big bushy haired cellarman? was chattin to me but with a slight outside tone to him which i didnt appreciate too much concidering i was trying to shower him with praise. Really small but only 4 hand pumps let the place down for me it could do with another 2.
cgarvieuk (208) Edinburgh , Scotland | May 22, 2007| Updated July 5, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Another of Edinburgh Clasic Pubs, hidden away down a narrow edinburgh close. This is a tiny little place with 4 tap usually carrying interesting beer. Again excelet quality. Did food at half ten at night, last time i was in after a long crawl ,and the haggis was just superb and just what i needed to soak up the beer. Service varies depending on what staff are on.
bhensonb (521) Woodland, California | February 5, 2007| Updated July 5, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Been three times; ate twice. Good fish and chips. Only place I could get cullen skink in two week trip. Went through Cullen at 2pm, and no cullin skink was available. Great to find it here. Real ales that you are not likely to easily find elsewhere. Kelburn Cart Blanch / Inveralmond Inkie Pinkie It is small, but pick your time. A bit of a relaxing place.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 11, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Truly a hidden treasure, no doubt about that. The living room size and atmosphere canít help but make you feel like a local, and when the landlord is there, heíll make you feel welcome as well. The cook appeared to be his wife; her friendliness and interest for her work is contagious, and her pub meals are high quality (the game pie and cullen skink are excellent). Note that when she is not there, food quality drops a bit (at least thatís what happened to us on our second visit, a Monday evening). They have 4 guest cask ales, ranging from the mundane to the obscure, from the passionless to the excellent. You will not pass in front of this quaintest of pubs if you donít actively seek it, but when you know where it is, it is actually easy to find. Fleshmarket Close is its location, a "close" being a narrow staircase which links the Royal Mile in the higher Old Town to the lower reaches of the train station and New Town. If you walk along the Royal Mile, you will eventually see this Fleshmarket Close which will lead you to this smashing pub.
Gazza (163) Worcester, England | October 25, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Probably with the best claim to be the cityís hidden gem, this tiny bar is located halfway (as the name suggests) up the precipitously steep steps between Market Street and Cockburn Street and, although it could just about admit a rugby team, serves up to four beers with some being on the very rare side. Good, solid, honest bar snacks are served all hours.
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