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Pub Of The Month - July 2020 with sheffield hatter on the Pub Forum

Monty's, Edinburgh

185 Morrison Street
Phone: 01312289149

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Monty's

An attractive and traditional looking pub just a short stroll from Haymarket station, it’s quite small internally with only a limited amount of seating and not a great deal of standing space either. Windows take up most of the exterior frontage, and these are arched at the top with etched glass at the bottom.

Décor wise it’s quite traditional, with a wood strip floor in the bulk of the pub and some Victorian style chequered tiling around the bar area. A lower section of ceiling at the rear was covered in an old black and white map of the locale, while the front ceiling was much higher with some ornate cornice work around the perimeter. A TV screen was stuck up above the porch in the corner, but unusually listed the current drinks selection rather than a TV channel. Seating was limited as mentioned, with a couple of fitted benches at the rear but the majority of the rest of the pub being laid out for vertical drinking with ledges along the side and front, and a large beer barrel to rest your pint on. A number of shelves covering the whole wall behind the bar counter was something of a feature and containing an extensive range of spirits, and a ladder was alongside in order to reach the higher shelves.

Beers on tap were Two by Two’s New England Pale, Anarchy Smash, Orkney IPA, St Austell Trevail, Wakatu and Vocation Low & Behold. There were also a few keg options dispensed from taps on the back wall and listed on a chalkboard next to the bar. After that lot, the cider choice was distinctly disappointing with…..nothing at all, or at least, not on tap. A real shame, as I thought this was otherwise a cracking little pub.

On 10th February 2020 - rating: 7
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Colin Walker left this review about Monty's

This former bar called Ossian’s, then Carters and now called Monty’s sits about 5 minutes from Haymarket Station. The main front door gives access to the door on the left which leads to the bar and almost straight on is down stairs to the toilets and to the right to a small beer garden. The bar area gives access to further seating to a slightly cosy / cramped upstairs area. So, if using the bar and upstairs you will feel like you are going back outside to use the toilets. There is a good choice of pumps available with Cross Borders Brewing Company World Beers, Fine Ales Jarl, Dark Revolution - Velveteen a dark chocolate stout, Dark Revolution So.La - a west coast ale, The Mobberley Brew House Maori – a New Zealand pale ale, Ilkley Brewery – Mary Jane, all on tap. So, when having too much to drink and you slump on the floor you can always study the map of Edinburgh on the ceiling.

On 25th October 2018 - rating: 10
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Ian Mapp left this review about Monty's

Modern bar, more like a cocktail bar than a pub but very smart, with a lovely ceiling map of Edinburgh.

Very well kept pint of Timothy Taylor Landlord. Worth checking out, along with Thompsons Bar, over the road.

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On 11th January 2018 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Carters

Cosy bar, irregular in shape, with more space upstairs apparrently (not visited). Traditional furniture and decor. Sunday night folk session ongoing when I visited, with a small but appreciative audience. Three handpumps on the bar, with Stewart Brewing's Copper Cascade (£3.55) being the pick of the crop. Overall, although not well known, worth a visit if in the Haymarket area.

On 3rd February 2013 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about Carters

Small 2 floor bar serving 3 real ales. A picture of Michael Caine as Jack Carter(Get Carter) adorns the bar.

On 19th December 2012 - no rating submitted
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William Purnell left this review about Carters

Ossians has returned to its former name 'Carters'
[edit: actioned 26/10/09]

On 26th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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