- Telephone 0131 343 3000
- Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
- Food served Wed–Thu noon–3.30pm, 5–9pm; Fri noon–3pm; Sat noon–4pm; Sun noon–4pm.
- Average price £16 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
Busy, unpretentious boozer with good food and great selection of cask ales and whiskies.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Some bemoan the death of the traditional boozer, but there are valiant efforts being made in this easygoing, friendly pub to keep the emphasis on hanging out and propping up the bar while drinking an ever-changing selection of great cask ales. The food menu has been ‘gastropubbed’ for sure (fish and chips here is a deliciously crisp catch of the day mixed with triple-cooked chips, seaweed mustard and radish, fennel and rocket salad), but the results are impressive and relatively unfussy – expect large portions and good cooking. Sharing boards from ‘the land’ (pâté, smoked meats, cheeses and pickles), or ‘the sea’ (marinated anchovies, salt cod fritters, seaweed-cured salmon, mackerel pâté) are full of flavour and ideal as an afternoon stop-gap or informal tea for two. Sunday roasts are recommended, although fresh ingredients run out fast on busy days, so get along early.
- High point: Unpretentious, busy boozer with good cooking
- Low point: Snooze and lose out on their Sunday roasts and duck fat potatoes
- Notable dish: Sunday roast chicken with fennel puree, duck fat potatoes, spring greens, broccoli, Stornoway black pudding, stuffing and gravy
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 40 seated, 70 standing
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £13.25 per bottle
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