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Sandy Bells, Lauriston, Edinburgh

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25 Forrest Road
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hondo . left this review about Sandy Bells

Proper old style pub serving 5 real ales. Best to visit at night and catch the traditional music.

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Sandy Bells

Definitely went into this famous folk pub at the wrong time, as it was very quiet (and frankly rather depressing) at lunchtime. Anyway, the small, traditional interior is divided into two parts by a wooden screen with a limited selection of basic furniture and dark decor. Four of the five handpumps were operational, with Isle of Skye Red Cuillin being the most interesting offering (£2.80, but not in the finest condition). Overall, difficult to rate as I suspect that it would score a lot higher if you caught a cracking eveing music session...

On 29th January 2012 - rating: 6
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Roger Button left this review about Sandy Bells

The Sandy Bells, an Edinburgh institution for traditional folk music, appears to be the sort of pub that got a little left behind on the timeline.

The small basic bar is divided into front and rear sections by an arched wooden screen with the bar extending along most of the right hand side. The furnishings are quite rustic with some window sill seats, padded benches, small tables and a fine high backed settle. At the far end are a couple of tiny drinking ledges making the most of the limited space that is available. The walls contain song lyrics, sheet music and photos of the various folkies that have turned up over then years. A basic TV is housed in the far corner.

Drink wise, there were 3 ales across 5 hand pumps, 2 from Inveralmond (Ossian and Chillie Ale) and Deuchars IPA. Some 30+ whiskies were also available. I didn’t note any food availability.

My afternoon visit didn’t coincide with any entertainment despite the Edinburgh Festival being in full flow and there were just a couple of hardy drinkers occupying the rear end. I get the impression that when the place is in full flow the atmosphere would be terrific although I can imagine it being somewhat cramped. Next time I hit town, I would definitely check out a music night.

On 14th December 2011 - rating: 7
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Edinburgh, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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  • Live Music : Yes last updated 07 January 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 December 2011 by Alan Winfield
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