Thursday, October 13, 2011

#37. Barony Bar, 81-85 Broughton St, Edinburgh

According to a reviewer on (erm,, the Barony Bar "...used to be a storehouse used to keep witches and criminals awaiting trials and sentences to be executed." Today, it's a charming local pub, unique for its tiled walls instead of wainscoting, which you can see here:

Linus ordered fish and chips, which came with quite a lot of mushy peas. He enjoyed the food and thought it was good value. Here he is studying the menu, with the bar in behind him:

As for the bar, it offered a good selection of ales, including beers from Black Sheep, Caledonian 80, and something called Old Peculier (sic). I love bad spelling, so I ordered a pint of the latter, which turned out to be a strong brown ale, weighing in at 5.6% alcohol. Old Peculier really is spelled that way, and is brewed by Theakston. Apparently, this is "...a rich, dark, smooth-tasting beer with an unequalled flavour. Brewed using the traditional Fuggle hop, Old Peculier is our best known beer and has a large and enthusiastic following all over Britain and around the world." The Fuggle hop is a variety of hops grown in the UK.

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