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Steel Coulson Tap
24 Henderson Street,
0131 467 2479
Pics by Simone Hilliard Photography
Open Monday-Thursday 4pm-11pm (Quiz Tuesdays 7.30pm); Friday 4pm-Midnight Saturday Noon-Midnight; Sunday Noon-11pm

Steel Coulson Tap had been recommended to Mrs Bite by ‘folks in the know’ and it had won Runner Up in the CAMRA Edinburgh and SE Scotland Cider Pub of the Year 2018. Intrigued she headed swiftly to Leith.

The ‘pouring today’ list was impressive. The idea of pairing food with beer, as opposed to wine, has been fermenting for a decade or so but is reaching a head now with so many varied beers available due to the rise of craft brewing.

Steel Coulson’s selection extends to 17 varied cask, keg and ciders on tap. They hail from around the corner to across the UK. So there is an IPA from Pilot, Pale Ale from South Queensferry and an irresistible roasted s’mores Porter from Tiny Rebel Brewery Newport.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; first up something to douse the thrapple and to pair with ‘The Best Scotch Egg Ever’. Mrs Bite chose The Hoppy Botanist from Campervan tasting of rhubarb and custard and fruit salad chews. Simone had Pearescope, a juicy Perry from Tiny Rebel. Scotch Eggs came rolled in Stornoway Black Pudding and for the vegetarians, chick pea. Orange yolks indicated good quality eggs and Simone commented that although the black pudding was delicious it didn’t overwhelm. I also drank a lemon gose ‘Sleeping Lemons’ from the Wild Beer Company.

We were really enjoying ourselves. Décor is cosy, colourful and homely. Dogs are welcome, and you can recharge your gadgets as well as yourself.

We ordered a sharing platter of meat and cheese; fruity Somerset cheddar, Welsh goats’ cheese, crunchy cornichons, rich chorizo, salami and pastrami were variously grazed on, mixed and munched along with oatcakes and toast. Pudding came in the shape of small glasses of that marshmallow porter, ‘Stay Puft’ again from Tiny Rebel. 

There is a beautiful blue and green stain glass door depicting an elephant. The pub’s motto is ‘never forget’ and Steel Coulson’ was actually a brewery in Abbeyhill until the Sixties. Steel Coulson hope to revive the heritage and intend to install their own nano-brewery in due course.

This bar is unique in Leith and worth a trip too. If you like beer it’s a must. (S. Wilson)

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