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McCowans Brewhouse, Edinburgh

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Sorry - I've just remembered that this was actually a John Barras pub - possibly a slight improvement on Greene King.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Jul 2015 20:55
I think this place has recently re-opened. There's still no brewing on the premises and it now appears to be owned by an offshoot of Greene King. A modern-looking establishment in an inner city retail area, it's spread over 2 floors and clearly popular with diners after a chain bar/restaurant experience. Nevertheless, it does dispense real ales - Orkney Dark Island, Inveralmond Lia Fail & Greene King IPA. It was very busy. But there are plenty of tables. So there was still something to eat. The upstairs bar no longer offers service. Ok, but lacked a proper pub atmosphere.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Jul 2015 20:39
Can't understand why they built a new pub with a micro-brewery on site and they don't brew !! The Inveralmond ales were fine though but the place although quite busy lacked something - it is not a pub but a bar/diner. There is a pool table and TV screens. Service was slow. I will return if they ever start brewing.
mcroyal - 13 May 2012 10:27
A pleasant pint of 80 Shilling, but the pub (if you can call it that) is rather soulless. Over-loud rock music, dull food, but that shouldn't put you off dropping in for a quick pint if you're heading out of Edinburgh.
ETA - 5 Dec 2008 08:38
Does your mam know you're on her computer?
Alfnoax - 20 Nov 2007 14:32
2-1 to the italy sweaty socks

anonymous - 20 Nov 2007 14:20
Large open, bright (all that glass), modern pub with (usually closed) mezzanine floor. Good value beer, usually of good quality and good food makes this a very good pub. Only real problem is that the service can be slow.
Zaphod_Beeblebrox - 4 Mar 2006 04:14
Modern brewpub with All Bar One decor in leisure complex. Emphasis is on food rather than beer (it's a pre or post cinema destination really) but a good selection of site ales (four) plus guests and Cally 80-/-. Miller, 1664, Guinness and Strongbow on risers. Usual suspects in the bottle fridges and the usual spirits on optics, but, as would be hoped from any bar in its location, an interesting selection of whiskies. The house heavy Domnhul (4.6%) resembles Youngers No 3 as a dark, fruity ale. Boo Beer is a 6.5% winter ale with vanilla and malt but hard to finish a pint. The 80-/- is reasonably drinkable. In all a friendly. modern bar with the added value of microbrewery but I would suspect it does more business on the risers and the 80-/- than its own beers and guests.
foffo_spearjig - 17 Dec 2004 00:18

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