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Doctors, Lauriston, Edinburgh

32 Forrest Road
Phone: 01312251819

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Old Boots left this review about Doctors

A Taylor Walker badged corner pub with an ale house ambiance of scruffy faux Victoriania, beer choice from 10 pumps of Scots ales, although only six in use, plus the usual keggery. Two big screens, quiet background music - so quiet I don't know what style it was. Seating at tall tables at one end, wide booths with tables in the middle then flowing through round the end of the counter into more intimate seating. This part has some medical related bits and bobs to tie in the name with the nearby medical school, I've been in worse GBG listed pubs.

On 25th January 2014 - no rating submitted
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hondo . left this review about Doctors

Up to 10 real ales and food served.

On 18th August 2013 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Doctors Bar

Unusually-shaped pub due to being located at the rounded end of the buildings at an angled road junction. Any visitors from London will immediately recognise typical Taylor Walker features such as the traditional-looking wooden furniture / decor and the standard corporate food and drink posters, menus, etc. The interior is partially divided by screens, and there is also an additional small seating area off one end of the bar. Good range of real ale from the eight handpumps, ranging from the 'house' Doctor's Order to two from the local Stewart Brewing and guests such as Kelburn Cart Noir (£3.40, and in fine condition). My meal was also reasonable value too. Overall, worth a visit if in the area.

On 29th January 2012 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Doctors Bar

Although the building was built in 1874, the Doctor’s has only been a pub since 1970 when it was called the Mortar before the current name was adopted in 1979 to mark the building’s link with the Royal Infirmary. It had previously been an undertakers and a surgical instrument buisness among other things according to the history gumph above the front entrance.

The single bar has bare floors, simple robust furnishings and décor including a few old McKeowns brewery mirrors. One side is divided into smaller sections and one corner to the right of the bar contains a small snug area. There are 3 TV’s with multichannels plus a couple of screens over bar advertising forthcoming quiz nights, live music and food/drink deals.

The main reason for popping in is its ales – 8 in all that included on my visit Inveralmond Doctors Orders (the brewery house brew that pops up regularly in various pubs), Inveralmond Ossian, Stewarts 80/-, Stewarts Copper Cascade, Kelburn Pivo Estivo, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Caledonian Deuchars and Cairngorm Wildcat. Whilst this is a decent selection of local ales that will delight beer tourists from afar like me, I can’t help feel that it is probably a bit of a mainstream choice for the regulars.

There was some good value food on offer with courses around £4-£8 and given the number of people eating I suspect that this is a popular lunchtime destination.

The place may lack a bit of character and be a little formulaic with tourist leanings but whatever your feelings towards it, it will be the best vist to a doctors you’ll probably get and it’s certainly worth popping in if passing by.

On 3rd November 2011 - rating: 7
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