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Malt and Hops, Leith

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Just about the best real ale pub in Leith. Friendly with a good beer selection. Its a traditional pub in the trendy shore area of Leith well worth seeking out.
ed_hill - 26 May 2018 13:19
Reasonable alehouse on a cobbled street adjacent to the river. fair selection of drinkable ales.
Snarling_Mallard - 17 Apr 2016 17:55
Good pub. Perhaps one too many hand pumps on but cask ale pretty good for Leith. But also Green Devil IPA on keg for 2.30 so not really complaining. Friendly bar staff who appear to be pub regulars too. Solid 8
dry_riser_inlet - 17 Aug 2014 18:51
Looks like a cross between an olde-worlde pub and an alehouse with hopbines and mirrors etc. Real fire which was nice. Fair selection of beers although I didn't go all the way to Edinburgh/Leith for a pint of Youngs Bitter or Courage Directors or the other English ales which were on tap - still I suppose they are guest beers to this part of the world. A nice feeling to the place and you can sit outside in fairer weather. Newspapers to read, beer to drink and a warm atmosphere - that'll do me.
mcroyal - 13 May 2012 10:55
Great great selection of ales from 8 handpumps,3.10pint,lovely pub decor feat various nicnacs such as pump clips,jugs etc. Very nice friendly chatty barmaid aswell, sadly dead when visited although it was a tuesday lunchtime, 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 13 Jul 2010 11:06
The best pub in Edinburgh, a good range of well kept beers and friendly staff.
eadweard - 29 Aug 2009 13:48
The best pub in Edinburgh, a good range of well kept beers and friendly staff.
eadweard - 29 Aug 2009 13:48
After making my way along from Ship to Shore and surrounding bars I had almost given up on finding a proper pub and was beginning to dread what might have happened to the Malt & Hops as a consequence of the new money that has moved into Leith. I need not have feared though, as in the the realms of proper pubs this is a King among paupers, and the sight of eight handpumps cheered me up no end. It's thankfully much as I remembered it from a few years ago. The 'library' is still there with its back catalogue of GBG's, there are pump clips on the walls, water jugs on the ceiling and the whole bar is festooned with hops interspersed with fairy lights. Atop the fireplace is a large oil painting that I recall my Kiwi mate insisting was Italian, probably a Canaletto, until I pointed out the Lothian bus making its way across the 'Ponte Vecchio' and that it was in fact a painting of the scene outside the pub. Two old copper lanterns still sit in the windows and an old sign announces that 'Motor Buses stop here 6, 9 and 34'. I'm not sure if the numbers are the same but most buses going to Ocean Terminal stop outside and you could do worse than stopping off for a pint in this wonderful unspoilt pub.

Millay - 16 May 2009 07:40
I should, of course, have said the better of the 2 GBG pubs in Leith...
ETA - 5 Dec 2008 08:33
Agree with the point about not using sufficiently wide range of breweries. What was on offer was good, if a little predictable, though. This is the better of the 2 pubs in Leith and I would be happy to come back in when passing.
ETA - 4 Dec 2008 16:13
Very pleasant if completely deserted (went around lunchtime and saw just two people in the 90 minutes we were there) historic pub in the deathly quiet Leith. Decent ale from a reasonable selection but I can't understand why pubs with good guest options fail to make more imaginative Scottish choices from a range of good microbrewers?
JonW999 - 18 Aug 2008 23:24

Haven't been down there for a while. What happened to the guy that ran it?
Coldie - 11 Jan 2008 14:52
I think the previous reviwers are going to have to revise their comments owing to a recent change of ownership. ONCE a haven from prefab pubs, top notch ales and friendly staff, NOW rather shabby, poor standards and unpleasant inattentive staff. Take my advise and walk right past the place in favour of Carrier's Quarters (round the corner at the traffic lights) you'll find most of their old regulars there anyway! A sad demise for a well loved and respected gem!
spoo - 7 Feb 2007 15:10
This is a good, wee real ale boozer. Real fire in winter, and dog friendly ( at least on last visit). Small selection of real ales, but they do get rotated, albeit at length.
Coldie - 29 Aug 2006 16:49
Historic one room pub with minimal lighting and no lunches at weekend. Has various local artifacts on the walls and a large collection of pump handle clips. Difficult to find a Scottish ale amongst all the imports from across Hadrians Wall
lout_from_the_lane - 14 Jul 2004 14:00

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