TPN 2016 #12

Being away for work is often a chance for triple pork nirvana, because it usually means starting the day with a cooked breakfast in a hotel. This was the case today, a classic Holiday Inn Express breakfast (their cooked items are always sausages, scrambled eggs and beans):-

Lunch was this chicken and ham concoction from the conference centre:-

And dinner at Holyrood 9A was a blue murder burger, with cheese and bacon (blurry because I was in a hurry to eat it):-


A tasty triple once more! Just a shame it wasn’t triple plate nirvana!

The Mitre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

A pub I’ve visited before, when on a trip here in April 2014. We had a burger and a beer on that visit, and it was pretty good. I was continuing my Edinburgh research tonight, so popped in for a drink before turning in for the night. It doesn’t seem to have changed all that much, which is a good thing.

In 1615, the site of this pub was occupied by a fine tenement that was owned by John Spottiswood, then Bishop of St Andrews. The tenement burned down in 1814 and was replaced by The Mitre – a nod to the bishop’s headgear. Legend has it that the bishop’s throne is buried under what is now the bar area. Some say his spirit still walks the pub. I say no.

A quick peek at the menu shows the usual pub grub, and plenty of decent ales to choose from, coming from near and far. They also have a few ciders on, including Thistly Cross Elderflower and Weston’s Caple Road and Caple Road Dry, which are new to me. Some nice looking puddings on the menu too, including that Scottish favourite cranachan.

I had a pint of Cameron’s Craft Fridge Magnet, which was bitter but not a pale ale.

Certainly worth another visit, if only to try the Belgian IPA.

No 1 High Street, Edinburgh

Another one on the research list, well placed on a crossroads on the Royal Mile. I popped in for a drink and to have a nose around. A pint of St Andrews Blonde was a nice bitter pale ale, and I also spotted that they do scones for just £2, which is pretty good value when you spot a cream tea up the road for ten times that. There is also a quiz night on a Monday evening – I do love a pub quiz! The menu looks like a good pub menu, pub classics mixed with a few Scottish classics as well as a Thai green curry and a haggis topped burger

Above the main entrance on the High Street is a Royal Archer. The Royal Company of Archers is a ceremonial unit that serves as the Sovereign’s bodyguard in Scotland, a role it has performed since 1822 and the reign of King George IV, when the company provided a personal bodyguard to the King on his visit to Scotland. Luckily, Edinburgh is a very friendly place nowadays, so you shouldn’t need their services.

It’s certainly worthy of further investigation on my next visit.

Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh

Tonight was to be the night. A visit to The Hanging Bat. The weather had other ideas. A rain shower soon gave way to a full on hailstorm. I’d been warned of its approach by my friend Martin, who lives nearby and had spotted it on the horizon. So shelter was required, and the Holyrood 9A was very handily placed just down the road from my accommodation. It was high on the list of places to visit anyway, so the weather was just accelerating my decision making.

A lovely old pub feeling when inside, all wooden panels and wooden flooring, but that’s where the old stuff stops. When we get behind the bar, we find the very new – a huge array of taps with a wide range of ales from near and far. And like many modern pubs, you can take a flight of these, ordering thirds of a pint so that you can sample lots of different styles and flavours. All of this alongside an impressive menu of burger styles with one or two other options.

So let’s get ready for take off on our first flight…

Another Long White Cloud to start (like last night), which was still a hoppy delight. Next up a Goldfinch gluten free IPA which was certainly something a bit different. You know that I like to moan about IPAs not being pale enough, and this one was no exception, but it was pretty good. The first flight ended with a Grapevine pale ale, again, not pale but a good balance of hops and malt.

As the first flight came in to land, the Blue Murder burger arrived. This was absolutely delicious, a proper messy burger, and the final piece in today’s triple pork nirvana jigsaw, with the addition of a slice of big tasty bacon. The photo is blurred because I was in a hurry to eat it and didn’t waste time trying to perfect it 🙂

I must briefly mention this crime against mustard:-

which was visible on the table, although I soon moved it out of harm’s way. This is an abomination. It is not mustard. Mustard should be made fresh from Colman’s mustard powder. Or perhaps Tewkesbury cannonball mustard. But not this yellow gunk. Ban this sick filth!

And now the second crime, dinner served on bread boards. Look what happens to them, it just looks a bit odd. And again, chips in a cup, hard to season. It was all very lovely and tasty and a really nice burger, just my usual “we want plates” gripe 🙂

And now the second flight, starting with a Captain Laurence pale ale, which was pleasant and hoppy, an Allendale Marpiosa, pale but lacking hops and a Volcano IPA which fails massively to live up to its name – nothing on the nose, no great hoppy hit, just a pleasant ale. Nothing like a volcano, I was expecting explosions of hops and tropical fruits. Err, no. No eruptions of tropical fruit here.

A shame to finish on a downer, but a great pub, great burger and a great selection of beers. MOFAD approved and I have a feeling I will be back soon 🙂

It’s stopped raining now, so I can venture forth into the Edinburgh streets once more…