This is a magnificent building right in the centre of new town. Marble columns, intricate tiled floors and a nicely set up solid wooden bar. Lovely fixtures and fittings, then the JDW tat, fortunately not as bad in some places. A place for conversation, they had a little beer festival on for Fringe month. Good place.
A very grand building, formerly a bank, in neoclassical style with a portico at the front, a magnificent hall and a very high, ornate ceiling. We sat in the front room, which was dedicated to Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexander Graham Bell. There were four large bookcases and an interesting collection of old books - real ones, which you could take off the shelves, not wallpaper made to look like books! It’s a Wetherspoon pub so of course we were there for breakfast - £3.49 for the traditional breakfast. Unfortunately they didn’t serve the Scottish breakfast, which I prefer as it includes black pudding. There were three or four sets of five hand pumps and a few Scottish beers, including Stewart, were on offer.
(Visited 3 February 2017).
(Visited Sunday 21/02/2016 – early afternoon) This place looks very impressive from the outside but on entering it was absolutely rammed and very noisy. All tables were taken and lots of people standing. A table opportunity opened up so sat to check the menu which was essentially a one sided blured rough photocopy which was incredibly difficult to read, it was the same on all other tables – no normal spoons menu, weird. Went to the bar but equally packed and service very slow. In the end left without purchasing anything (probably a good thing) – doubt I will revisit.
The main entrance to this large Wetherspoon in a grand hall room is from George Street, but there’s an entrance accessed from the pedestrian Rose Street where there’s many a bar to be found. The bar occupies one length of the fine main hall which is split level to allow some tables to be placed in here. The main area in front of the bar gets really busy on some evenings and it does get full of groups standing just across from service area. There’s plenty of seating to be found in the smaller room areas out of the main hall. They were showing English Championship football on the big screen the last time I was in here.
Large Weatherspoons in central Edinburgh, with an entrance just off Rose Street. Impressively large room with high ceilings. Lots of tables, chairs and TV screens. Usual JDW range of beers, cheap prices & food and regular beer festivals.
Typical Spoons in an absolutely huge old bank building. This plus it being packed to the brim on a Saturday evening and the staff walking around in Rocky Horror-themed apparel raised a bit of an eyebrow upon entrance. 15 casks, very cheap.