Situated in the Gorgie area in the west end of Edinburgh, the Tynecastle Arms is best known for being the nearest pub to Tynecastle Park, home of Heart of Midlothian FC. Unlike a lot of football pubs, this place is worth visiting in its own right, as we did. It's a fine example of a classic-looking Scottish pub, in a style which is traditionally Edinburghian. From the dark-stained, varnished bar (perhaps mahogany), to the dim lighting and burgundy leather settees and armchairs, it really is a rather handsome place, with some interesting Hearts memorabilia on display for good measure. Service was prompt and polite, whilst the regulars (mainly 40s and upwards) created a homely atmosphere. The beer is typical for these parts - Belhaven and Tennents - but that said, it is increasingly rare to find a broad selection in Scottish pubs (or anywhere, in fact) these days. A further point of interest is that Gorgie is the location of the North British Distillery, whose distinctive odour was a feature of this part of "Auld Reekie" until control measures were controversially implemented a year or so ago.
Reviewed by kentish_man
24 Jul 2010