I The Gate 408 Sauchiehall Street. 333 0250. Another bar has joined the legions of hostelries in central Glasgow. Standing on the former site of 51st State. The Gate has been designed with a modern Scottish theme in mind. so tasteful tartan is in and touristy tack is firmly shown the door. This still leaves plenty of scope for an imaginative decor complete with chandeliers to highlight the sculpted wood which adorns the bar and set off the gilt- edged paintings on the purple walls.
Tennents supply the beer so you know what to expect in the draught department but various guest ales do make an appearance. Helpfully for the hard-up. the bar runs an all day Happy Hour from [lam—7pm when all draught beers and selected spirits are greatly reduced.
Unusually for most bars. The Gate offers an interesting bar lunch menu that warrants careful perusal. Forget
No roll out the barrel jokes. please
bog standard lasagne slush and third rate curries and think instead of mussels. sour cream pancakes. smoked salmon. baked haddock mornay and clootie dumpling. Scottish to a T and tasty to boot.
I The Caley Sample Room 58 Angle Park Terrace. 337 9054. The Caledonian Brewery on Slateford Road has been producing fine ales since I869 yet it is only now that the full range of their beers has been available to the quaffing public under one roof. Russell Sharp. the managing director of the Caledonian Brewery. teamed tip with Douglas Smith. who runs the city's Bannerman‘s bar and Mather's among others. to re-create the brewery"s Victorian maltings. the original of which was badly damaged by fire last summer.
The end result is a large. open-plan pub with an incredibly long bar to accommodate the pumps for all thirteen of the Caley’s cask ales. Wood from the brewery's maltings lines the walls
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and shirts from the Five Nations rugby teams hang above the bar courtesy of the brothers Hastings. Sepia-tinted photos of the Caley brewery over the years emphasise the close links between the beer producers and the pub and give a fascinating glimpse into the working life of one of Edinburgh's most distinctive landmarks.
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end-all ofa pub is the beer. Bearing in mind the reputation for quality enjoyed by the
.Caledonian brews real ale
enthusiasts will be rubbing their hands in glee. No doubt the brewery‘s flagship beer the Caley 80/— will be the main seller but some of their lesser known ales such as their porter are well worth sampling. The bar also boasts a stunning range of malts ifyou a fancy a wee chaser. Given the pubs proximity to Tynecastle and the maroonish colour of some of the brickwork. every second Saturday afternoon is likely to be a lively affair as Hearts fans drown their sorrows or celebrate their victories. (Jonathan Trew)
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Located just off Prince's Street at 4, South Charlotte Street. Edinburgh.
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