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Cask & Barrel, Edinburgh

115 Broughton Street

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Quinno _ left this review about Cask & Barrel

Opened-out but still has a bit of character. U shaped central bar with a wedge area off left and a rectangular area off right. Quarter length dark varnish wood panelling and cream walls decorated with prints and brewery mirrors, alongside a nice bar gantry. 10 pumps with a hopeful seven cask on, my Orkney Corncrake was perhaps inevitably a smidge warm despite one being pulled before mine (NBSS 3), so maybe I dodged a bullet there. The hyperactive Weegie barmaid kept a tight eye on proceedings and refused service to a group of lads upon whom she’d decided to check their ID; she must have taken a shine to me though as upon my spotting some filled rolls on the bar for sale, she gave me one gratis. I made sure to give her a winning smile upon receipt. Not a bad place overall but too many ales on (I only saw two more being pulled whilst I was there despite it being pretty busy).

On 15th November 2021 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Cask & Barrel

A good sized, street corner pub with a curved frontage, it’s far enough away from the prime tourist hot spots that’s it’s not absolutely rammed, and as it’s name suggests there is something of an emphasis on beer here.

Décor wise it’s quite traditional with sanded wooden boards on the floor, dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls, pale lemon painted wallpaper on the upper part of the walls and burnt orange paper on the ceiling. Some padded bench seating was fitted around the perimeter, as well as large barrel that had been converted in to a table for vertical drinking. Old brewery mirrors covered much of the walls, and I noticed Ind Coope, Tetley and Guinness amongst them. In addition to this, there were a few old whisky and cigarette adverts, and some old black and white photographs. Several large TV’s were showing a mix of sports and terrestrial channels, but at least the volume was off so this was not as intrusive as it might otherwise have been. A large U-shaped wooden bar counter filled the central area of the pub, and there was some ornate carved woodwork behind it.

Beers on tap were Bass, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Stewart’s Jack Back and Face of Winter, Orkney Best, Greene King IPA, Old Golden Hen, Jaw Drop and Tryst Raj. A further pump for Deuchars IPA appeared to have run out. After that lot, the cider choice was extremely disappointing with only Strongbow being available.

On 9th January 2020 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about Cask & Barrel

The first pub I ever visited in Edinburgh as it's just round the corner from where a mate of mine used to live. I called in here many times in the late 90's when I was working in Edinburgh as well. There used to be a small side room as well as the main area, but that has now gone. It's now a large open plan room with a horseshoe bar. Plenty of leather seats around the walls along with some dining tables and chairs and a couple of barrels to stand at for vertical drinking. The walls are covered with breweriana including several mirrors. Lots of handpumps with 8 ales available on our recent visit. The pint I had was in good nick and Ms CAMRA's Fyne Jarl was also in top condition. Good to see it's still going strong.

On 22nd May 2014 - rating: 8
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hondo . left this review about Cask & Barrel

Horseshoe shaped bar with brewery memorabilia on the walls. Up to 10 real ales and a good selection of continental bottled beers. Plenty of tv's for watching sport. The pub makes a good double header with the nearby barony bar.

On 28th August 2012 - no rating submitted
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E TA left this review about Cask & Barrel

Slightly grandiose feel to this great town pub, which sits at the bottom of Broughton street and is therefore usually at the end of a crawl. There are multiple tv screens, but they are frequently not in use. Bare floor-boards, old barrels used as tables and a selection of brewery mirrors give it a traditional feel. Clientele range from the CAMRA clique to the hen-night set. Staff are a bit off-putting at times, but the beer is fine, as evinced by their GBG entry. There were 10 ales on this week - I had Cairn Ddu, which was in very good condition and much appreciated. Definitely worth including in a crawl and a good place to spend an evening.

On 27th October 2011 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Cask & Barrel

A fine, traditional pub on the edge of the city centre. Good range of seating around the horseshoe-shaped bar. Plenty of screens showing sports TV. Excellent selection of real ales from the 11 handpumps - mostly local plus a few from northern England (e.g. McCrory's Irish Stout, which actually comes from Northumberland, at £3.00). Quality.

On 13th February 2011 - rating: 8
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dragonfly xxx left this review about Cask & Barrel

great selection of real ales.large traditional pub with tvs that can be viewed from anywhere in pub.good atmosphere especially when football is on sky.good place to watch THE derby match for both hibs and hearts fans(no football colours)friendly but no-nonsense staff

On 16th January 2011 - rating: 8
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