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Friday, 15 April 2016
Edinburgh pubs: World's End, The Southern and Tiles
22-26 South Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9PR
0131 662 8926
Sylvia and I had brunch one day at The Southern, which was near our holiday flat in Newington. I liked the dark exterior which suggested a cosy interior. More importantly, the menu promised a good veggie fry up.
The music was fun British classics and the pub very quiet at about 10.30am so Sylvia and I had fun dancing while we waited for our meal. It gave us a laugh. However most of our laughter came when Sylvia thanked the man who brought in the barrels of beer and then told me she had embarrassed her pants off!
It was an excellent way to start the day and we had fun watching people and buses going by out the window. If I had had the chance I would have liked to try the vegetarian burgers.
4 High Street, Royal Mile
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1TB
It amazes me that it has taken me this long to eat at the World's End pub on the Royal Mile. I first noticed it on my first trip to Edinburgh 20 years ago. I just never went in. There are so many pubs and so little time in Edinburgh. In 2006 I ate at the opposite pub (then called The Tass) and took this photo of the exterior through the window (apologies that it is the only photo I could find). On our last visit, I tried to get in but they would not let Sylvia in with the stroller. Finally this year we ate there.
Unfortunately pubs are traditionally places for drinking too and I am not so interested in alcohol. I asked about the alcohol free Kopparberg berry cider on the drinks menu. It was dismissed as being just juice. Hurrumph! It was actually a very nice fizzy fruity cider.
1 St. Andrew Square
Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
0131 557 3228
I arranged to meet with an old work colleague one evening in Edinburgh. She suggested Tiles, a bar that she goes to after work regularly. It is in the old Prudential Insurance art deco building and is really worthwhile to spend your time there staring up at the amazing ceiling.
It was great to visit these pubs in Edinburgh. I wish I had found more time to sit in pubs enjoying the pub grub and the general ambiance. It is hard to get into them as laws mean that a 7 year old is not welcome in many of them. Hopefully we will visit a few more next time.
Meanwhile, you can check out other Edinburgh pubs I have written about: The Kenilworth, The Last Drop, Sheep Heid Inn, The Beehive Inn, The Auld Hoose.