We had read in a trusted guide, unconnected to the brewing trade, that this was a good local pub for an authentic "salty sea-dog experience". And how glad we were that we visited. As with many Scottish bars, you can't see inside until you open the door and are already committed. However, the tatty exterior belies the charm of the interior. Consisting of classic saloon and public bars, with a seating area at the rear dedicated to pool, this is an old-fashioned pub in the best sense. The public bar, propped up by locals (ex-fishermen, we would guess) exudes warmth and character, and a friendly hound added to the feeling of intimacy. If you don't mind your language a wee bit on the colourful side, the atmosphere is great. There's an obvious nautical theme, with knots displayed on the wall, model ships and a fishing net hung from the ceiling, but we can smell artifice a mile off and this wasn't it. There's a dartboard with the name of the pub printed on the frame, and a jar for 20p contributions for cab bookings, both homely touches - plus a poster celebrating the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320. The beer is standard Scottish, mostly lager, decent enough but with a touch of the sophisticated in Peeterman's Artois as well as a few decent malts. A wider choice of real ale (though they did have Belhaven Export) and this place might border on five pints. Recommended.
Reviewed by kentish_man
29 Jun 2010