3.37: Best Scottish pubs


3.37: Best Scottish pubs

To find out where to get the best beer (Real Ale), look in The Good Beer Guide, available from all major bookshops. Published by CAMRA. ISBN 1 85249 006 3. Published in October each year.

Edinburgh: Bannerman's; Bert's bar; Bow bar; Canny Man's; Cumberland Bar; Clark's Bar; Drew Nicol's; Golden Rule; Greenmantle; Guildford Arms; Halfway House; Hampton Hotel; Holyrood Tavern; Kay's Bar; K. Jackson's Bar; Leslie's Bar; Malt and Hops; Oxford Bar; Robbie's Bar; Royal Ettrick Hotel; Smithie's Ale House; Southsider; Stable Bar; Starbank Inn; Todd's Tap The Caledonian Brewery (Slateford Road) has a big beer festival in early June; The biggest beer festival in Scotland is held at Meadowbank Stadium in early October.

Glasgow: Athena Taverna; Babbity Bowser; Bon Accord; Boswell Hotel; Brewery Tap; The Horse shoe; Mitre; Cask & Still; Sloane's; Station Bar; Tennents; Three Judges; Ubiquitous Chip; Victoria Bar

Non-smoking bars in Scotland. Compiled by Craig Cockburn. Please e-mail additions or corrections to me at craig@scot.demon.co.uk This list is regularly sent to anti-smoking organisations and compilers of books.

Borders Selkirk: Tibbie Shiels Inn, Tel: 0750- 42231 Swinton: The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Tel: 089 086- 257

Central Dollar: Strathallan Hotel, Tel: 0259- 42205

Dumfries and Galloway Dumfries: Station Hotel, Tel: 0387- 54316

Highland Inverness: Glenruidh House, Tel: 0463- 226499 Kingussie: Royal Hotel, Tel: 0540- 661868 Ullapool: The Ceilidh Place, Tel: 0854- 612103


Edinburgh (Canonmills): Old Coach Inn (totally non-smoking lounge bar) Tel: 031- 539 8123. Also has a regular folk evening and real ale.

Edinburgh (Newhaven): Starbank Inn. Tel: 031- 552 4141 (not a proper no-smoking bar, but a no-smoking restaurant which converts into a no-smoking drinking area when they stop serving food. Real Ale).

Edinburgh (Newington): The Festival Theatre. 031-529 6000. Real Ale, no smoking allowed at all. The bar is at the front and you don't have to be attending a performance to have a drink there. You can watch the performance on the TV screens.

South Queensferry: Hawes Inn Hotel, Tel: 031- 331 1990 (no-smoking family room until 9pm, smoking is allowed after 9pm).

Lothianburn: The Steading. Tel 031- 445 1128 (no-smoking restaurant which converts into a no-smoking drinking area when the meals trade dies down, usually after 9pm)

Strathclyde Ayr: Chestnuts Hotel. Tel: 0292- 264393 Glasgow: Boswell Hotel, Tel: 041- 632 9812 Kilmarnock: Hunting Lodge, Tel: 0563- 22920 Paisley (Glasgow Airport): Tap and Spile, Tel: 041- 848 4869

Tayside Broughty Ferry: Old Anchor Inn, Tel 0382- 737899 (no-smoking area is only at lunchtimes) Dundee: Speedwell Bar, Tel: 0382- 67783. Sawdust on floor! Kinesswood: Lomond Country Inn, Tel: 0592- 84253 Montrose: George Hotel, Tel: 0674- 75050

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