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.

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