The Bow Bar

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Date of travel

April, 2015

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The Bow Bar

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During our visit to Edinburgh, we decided that no visit to Scotland would be complete without trying out one of the old-fashioned, original town pubs and tasting some of Scotland’s national product – whisky!

The Bow Bar was recommended to us as one such establishment. It even gets a mention in one of Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels, which are set in the city. It’s a typical town pub – no frills, just bench seats and chairs around fixed tables which cannot be knocked over! Further, if you like real ales, it is perfect. There is a large selection and for us the highlight was called Happy Chappy, brewed in Cromarty in Scotland. For whisky lovers, it is even better. I believe there are over 250 to choose from, to suit all tastes. Faced with the problem of which to try, we were helped by the barman who was very knowledgeable and who came up with an excellent recommendation – a 10 year old Edradour which made our visit complete.

My one regret is that, having already had lunch, we felt unable to try the Bow Bar’s undoubted delicacy, the haggis, cheese and chilli pie! Next time certainly…!



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