Downm a side street, but near the sea front. Fairly traditional inside, but nothing very special, there was cask, which was nice, but it was distinctly below par, which was less nice, having had a decent pint of the same beer just hours earlier. Food available, but not when we visited.
Another pub with no cask, but a “craft” IPA sufficed. Decent food, friendly staff, and a good layout with plenty of bench seating made this feel a bit more relaxed than the surrounding pubs on a very busy Saturday night, and returning later in the week it felt positively spacious.
Busy pub with standard pubfood menu on the A78 seafront. This was another packed pub; the good weather had brought Glasgow out for a seaside drink and meal, and this wasn’t a bad place for that.
Still a limited choice of cask ale, but at least there was something drinkable. Food looked OK, staff friendly.
Our first pub in Largs, our first drink being in a hotel bar, so not counting.
Had quite high hopes for this; it’s just away from the seafront, and was listed in our Good Beer Guide (even if our GBG is a little out-of-date). As it was, it didn’t impress; not awful by any means, but walking in, the only cask ale was Doom Bar (shudder), and the place was packed with people watching the kicksphere: it was dark and noisy. Half of Glasgow was in Largs, and many of them were in here.
A subsequent visit made it a bit better- still no drinkable cask, but Shipyard keg, and we found the beer garden. Staff were OK, and it was one of very few pubs with an actual beer garden in town, but it wasn’t what we hoped for.
There’s a theme here: a historic interior again, and along with The Abbotsford a member of a small chain. We’d left the Cafe Royal, and knew it was close, just not how close (next door). Lovely interior, great staff and beer, very, very close to Waverley Station.
Glorious Edwardian pub in one of Edinburgh’s busy streets. Fantastic heritage interior, great beer selection, and really good, different food at a reasonable price. Very friendly staff too, surprisingly chilled as the Fringe was still on.
A typical drinker’s pub right in the middle of town, with a heritage interior, with lovely cornice and mirrors. No food, no real ale, but very friendly staff and locals and a proper pub atmosphere.
Annan, Dumfries & Galloway:
OK, it’s a hotel, but this has to be stretched in Scotland: generally the local hotel is also the pub. There’s several pubs in town in this case, but this isn’t always the case, and the bar felt pubby.
No cask ale, but tolerable lager (Staropramen). Barman friendly enough, atmosphere OK (but marked down for TV showing some third-rate channel), nothing exceptional though.
Lively pub with live music and food. At the time we enjoyed it a lot- pleasant staff, good music, good beer, only a few minutes walk from our hotel (and in Bangkok, walking any distance is not comfortable), but the following day saw me with a case of food poisoning. Whether that was something I’d eat earlier is another question: the food seemed good enough at the time.
Just about pubby enough.
A wait for a connecting flight saw us with time to kill in Dubai, and this was the only option near our gate. Pleasant enough- pub-like atmosphere, food looked OK in a chainpub way, drink was fine and the staff were great. There’s worse ways to kill an hour or so.