A very traditional Scottish pub, in the best sense of that phrase. Before the smoking ban, it was no fun for non-smokers but that has changed big time.
Last night (23.8.7) I had 20 minutes to "kill" before I collected my son from Scouts, so I walked down the steps towards the harbour. Dusk, with light cloud drifting across the moon, the lights of the ships anchored in the Firth of Forth and the lights of the East Lothian villages on the other side.
One pint of Newcastle Best (a real ale produced by Northumberland Brewery), then back again. Good way to chill at the end of the day.
The pub must be at least 100 years old. Staff and locals friendly. Good selection of real ales which changes every week. Pub brews its own beer as well. Lots of malt whisky to choose from too.
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This is a traditional Scottish pub. Friendly, no loud music (well almost).
It is more than 250 years old! Established 1750. Can't get more traditional than that.
Having said that, they do have live bands in the lounge next door. Its odd in such an old place, and because it attracts a student type crowd. Anyway, they stick to their bit and the traditionalists stick to theirs.
It is only about 50 m from the sea, and you see it from the front door. Even at night you get the lights of the ships at anchor, and from Edinburgh across the water.
Yesterday (24-5-8) they were offering a special deal to old age pensioners - 2 course lunch £4 (€5). Wow! Wish I qualified!
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A traditional Scottish pub, with a bit of a difference. Old fashioned in some ways, modern in others.
Its one of my favourites, because I like the atmosphere and the cider - Addlestone's.
Went there the night of the SNP national election victory in May 07, just for a quick one to sooth the nerves after all the excitement. Turned out all the local SNP politicos had chosen it as well.
One of the things I like is the short walk from the car park to the pub, down by the sea. Especially good in summer, but even in January with the wind trying to blow your ears off, I still like it.
They also supply daily newspapers to read, if having a solitary pint.
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