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…

7 thoughts on “Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh

  1. Louise says:

    I heartily concur with all of the above! Great place, great burgers, good beers BUT they do offer normal plates too, there is a bit on the menu that tells you.
    Enjoy future trips!


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