A popular place, particularly with students, the Polwarth Tavern struck us as being neither fish nor fowl. We went in after searching the streets for somewhere to escape a cold, wet evening Edinburgh evening and have a night-cap (it being a stone's throw from a number of guest houses/B&Bs, it's a handy destination for out-of-town visitors). Unfortunately, not a seat was to be had: it being a Thursday, the place was packed with what we subsequently discovered is one of the west end of Edinburgh's most popular quiz nights. Vaguely gastro in style (solid, unvarnished wooden tables, cuboid leather seats, imitation plants), but also very obviously aimed at students (flyers for local bands, taxi firms, carry outs, discos etc were plastered everywhere) yet also well-frequented by older people. It also does surprisingly cheap beer - around £2.50 for a decent local guest ale whose name escapes us (this was the last stop on a mini-crawl for us). It's difficult to judge what this place must be like on a quieter evening, but we'll keep an open mind.
Reviewed by kentish_man
29 Jul 2010