Classy New Town boozer for a pint watching sport or cocktails and a meal out.
This cosy downstairs bolthole appeals to a wide audience – it’s simultaneously relaxed enough for a pint while watching the match yet smart enough for some serious cocktail action or a meal out. The copper-topped horseshoe bar casts a cheerful glow, while the book-lined walls, squashy leather sofas and mismatched chandeliers contribute to its quirky charm. There are half a dozen local cask ales – plus all the usual mainstream options on draught -– along with a serious stash of malt whiskies, a decent wine selection and a cocktail list. While the menu may not stray far from the tried and tested, there are nods to local sourcing, such as the Breadwinner brioche burger buns and Loch Awe salmon. Sharing platters include meat, seafood or a pie of the day with all the trimmings, while the classic burger and fish and chip options come with homemade ketchup and mushy peas respectively.
- High point: Reliably good food, drink and service
- Low point: It can be mobbed at times
- Notable dish: Desperate Dan-inspired pie of the day for 2
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classic rock
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £18 per bottle