Category Archives: Gorgie

Pryde’s Bar: ditching football for families in Gorgie

Pryde's Bar in Gorgie reminds me of some of Leith's Scandinavian bars
Pryde’s Bar in Gorgie reminds me of some of Leith’s Scandinavian bars

[Note: as of July 2015, Pryde’s is now Entwine, describing itself as a bar and bistro specialising in fresh Italian food]

I was never in Robertson’s bar on Gorgie Road. Painted maroon and white and sporting a Heart of Midlothian crest as its pub sign, it wore its heart on its sleeve. Add in the zero tolerance on away supporters and the imposing doormen and no one other than a rampant Jambo would venture through its doors, ruling myself out. Times change, however, and just as┬áthere have been major changes at Tynecastle in the past year, this traditional football pub has also undergone a revolution and is now Pryde’s Bar – a family friendly establishment painted cream and determined to change the reputation of the premises. Continue reading Pryde’s Bar: ditching football for families in Gorgie

The Golden Rule: definitely more hit than miss

Battleships, beer and potato-based snacks: the Golden Rule is perfect for after work
Battleships, beer and potato-based snacks: the Golden Rule is perfect for after work

“F8? Miss. G3? Miss. H6? Miss. I1? Hit! It’s the dreadnought.” And so went much of the conversation I had with a mate recently in the Golden Rule up Polwarth way. The reason of course was a highly competitive game of Battleships in the lower part of this great local Edinburgh pub.
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Caley Sample Room: if only Phil Spencer had been there

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The Caley Sample Room is often regarded as one of the first gastropubs in Edinburgh

I remember many years ago when “gastropub” became the ghastly word de jour. The Eagle on London’s Farringdon Road, next to the old Guardian building, seemingly the original culprit. In Edinburgh, I first associate the word with The Caley Sample Room in Slateford. With pubs serving decent food a cut above the usual toasties and chips now proliferating in the Scottish capital, including the nearby new-look Fountain, has this one managed to keep up a high standard?

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Diggers: great Gorgie pub seeks glasswasher

The Athletic Arms, aka Diggers, in Edinburgh has not changed in many years
The Athletic Arms, aka Diggers, in Edinburgh has not changed in many years

I mentioned before that an acquaintance of mine maintained that Bennets Bar near Tollcross was the best pub in Edinburgh. Well, another acquaintance makes the case for Diggers, also known as the Athletic Arms. This claim is all the more remarkable given his Hibs-supporting tendencies and this pub’s location in the opposition’s Heartland, if you’ll pardon the pun. So, situated on the corner of Angle Park Terrance and Henderson Terrace, is Diggers worthy of a place near the top of Edinburgh’s pub league? Continue reading Diggers: great Gorgie pub seeks glasswasher