HAND PULLED IN MUSSELBURGH

 

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Taking a look at the local CAMRA Guide to Edinburgh (3rd edition, 2008) is instructive.

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Just the two real ale pubs, the venerable Volunteer’s Arms ( Staggs) and the somewhat lesser known Leavenhall Arms.  Nine years on, the only addition (Rugby Club aside) is the inevitable Spoons, the derided chain that provide the only decent cask in a large swathe of central Scottish towns.

Tandleman has reported on variable quality in Scottish Spoons on his regular trips. To be fair, in Dalkeith and Musselburgh I had some of the best real ale of our break.  In Dalkeith, the custom for pints of Deuchars at £2 a pint may have put an end to cask elsewhere in town, but the David Macbeth Moir is hardly sounding the death knell for Staggs.

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The Macbeth (am I allowed to say that ?) isn’t competing with the classic bar across the road, but has an interesting range, nevertheless, comparing well with your average English Spoons for choice.

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Only a fool would have gone for the 6.5% Tushkar Oatmeal Stout after a heavy day, but you need to get top value from your Rarebit Burger Meal Deal, so that’s what I did.

Only a mischievous rascal like Charles would have asked the poor barmaid for a pint of the Thrappeldouser, which I bet you didn’t even notice with the top of the pump broken off.  Unable to summon help, she had a go with half a pump.

Quite how the game barmaid managed to pull off a pint, even with Charles’s helping hand (top photo), I never worked out.

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Whatever, the beer was cool, silky, and full of beery goodness (NBSS 3.5/4), the burger full of calories, and the Macbeth full of odd and occasionally grumpy Monday drinkers.

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We did like this Spoons a lot.  Cheerful staff, your average ragbag of drunken customers, and the best cinema conversion outside the Capitol in SE23.

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In extreme foolishness, Charles decided on (another) nightcap close to our apartment. The Auld Brig had “Malt of the Day” for £2, a Tennents I’ve warmed to, and a curmudgeonly old man atmosphere straight from Sam Smiths. I loved it.

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