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The Caley Picture House (JD Wetherspoon), Edinburgh

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31 Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2DJ
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J D Wetherspoon

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Quinno _ left this review about The Caley Picture House (JD Wetherspoon)

A Spoons in a converted cinema (2016) and we love those, don’t we kids? Enter to an empty lower foyer section housing nothing but an old projector, you have to do a long walk up the stairs to get to the bar. Pretty impressive on entering, the servery backs onto the old stage which makes for an impressive backdrop. Black and gold is the colour scheme of choice, with the gold picking out some impressive cornicings. Apparently there is also a mezzanine area but I either missed it or it was closed-off. Four genuine guest ales, my Stewart Brewery Pentland was in good shape (NBSS 3.5) and no arguments about my lunchtime pizza. Well-worth a visit.

On 15th November 2021 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Caley Picture House (JD Wetherspoon)

An impressive Wetherspoon’s conversion from what was, as it’s name suggests, a cinema in a former life, they have done a really good job here preserving much of the building's original architecture and making a real feature of it. Whether it’s one of the company’s earlier outlets where they seemed to do a lot of these grand buildings I’m not sure, but it’s certainly a lot more impressive than many of their more recent shop conversions.

The pub is located entirely upstairs, but a large film projector in the lobby is an immediate reminder of the building’s history. Once you get up to the pub itself, you’re met with a very impressive, very high ceilinged interior which was painted in a deep blue colour scheme, but with some elaborate gold detailing. Low hanging globe lights were suspended from the ceiling. The main focal point of the pub was the old screen at the front, and this had a large black and white picture of Edinburgh on it to recreate the effect of watching an old movie. The screen itself was surrounded by elaborate gold cornice work which made quite a striking visual impression. At the rear of the pub was a mezzanine level balcony, and this too was quite ornately decorated. Flooring was predominantly carpet with some striking black and white tiling by the bar counter and some of the seating around the perimeter was enclosed in wooden booths that had something of an Art Deco style to them. The walls were clad with very dark blue wood panelling up to first floor level, with cream plasterwork above. A water tap on the bar was an unusual feature, presumably to add a splash to your whisky.

The menu offered the usual very extensive choice, with all sorts of dishes having options to customise to your precise requirements. An unusual feature of the pub was the semi open kitchen at the rear which I don’t recall seeing in any of their other outlets. I went for the chicken tikka masala which came complete with a couple of poppadum’s and an (extremely greasy) garlic naan. Overall it tasted decent enough, but wasn’t an especially generous portion and a couple of the pieces of the chicken were so solid as to be almost inedible. Quite what they had done to them I don’t know, but presumably involved an industrial microwave somewhere along the line.

Beers on tap were Nethergate Suffolk County, Lymestone Stonefish Mild, Skye Red, Deuchars IPA, Burton Draught, Abbott Ale, Skye Gold, Banks & Taylor’s Black Dragon, Doom Bar, Stewart’s 80/- and Nottingham Supreme Bitter. All were priced at a very reasonable £2.49 or £2.69. Ciders meanwhile were Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime, Thistly Cross, Magners, Strongbow, Strongbow Dark Fruit and Thatcher’s Gold, which was a bit of a result and not something you often find in these parts. Overall, a very impressive pub and well worth a visit, although I doubt I would bother with the food again.

On 10th May 2019 - rating: 8
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hondo . left this review about The Caley Picture House (JD Wetherspoon)

As mentioned below a grimy exterior but then Edinburgh earned it's Auld Reekie nickname the hard way. A large 2 floor interior with the main bar in front of the old stage/screen location.

On 16th February 2018 - no rating submitted
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Haymarket, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Edinburgh, 0.93 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.56 miles, 49 min walk (show)
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15th Nov 2021, 15:20
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No - July festival only - last updated 22 June 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
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