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The Golden Rule
The Golden Rule
30 Yeaman Place,
EH11 1BT
0131 229 3413
Mon-Thurs Noon to midnight; Fri Noon-1am; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 12.30pm-midnight

October 2010

The Golden Rule is usually quoted as being the “ethic of reciprocity," of which the common English phrasing is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." In pub terms this might be taken to mean that one has to take one's turn in buying a round!


The pub in question lies in the Fountainbridge / Polwarth area, off Dundee Street, and is basically a traditional community pub with a mixed, regular clientele. It's especially busy when Hearts are playing at home along the road at Tynecastle, although the atmosphere is maintained at a friendly, boisterous level. It is set on two levels, with the upper level being the standard bar area, and the lower one a cosy snug area with very comfortable velour-covered bench seating. It is keen on its real ales, always having at least four on offer. I sampled the three guest ones on my visit  ( the fourth being the standard ale, Deuchers IPA (3.8% abv, £2.90). Arran Red Squirrel (3.9% abv, £2.90) has a rich, almost molasses-like aroma, with a nice creamy taste which slipped down gracefully. Kelburn Gold Hops (9% abv, £2.90) was much lighter and tangy, slightly sweet to the taste. The final one was Blonde Bombshell (4.0%, £3.00). This was light and frothy with a subtle kick at the end - I was rather taken by this one. Other ales in the pipeline include Fyne Ales Avalanche and Hurricane Jack, Atlas Nimbus and 3 Sisters and Kelburn Pivo Estivo.


The Malt of the Month was Highland Park, on offer at £2.30 for a single, and a very welcome £3.80 for a double.  


Several TV sets cater for the sports fans and there is a quiz on Tuesday nights. Food on offer is limited and basic with primarily snacks and nachos.


The notice board displays a number of those little cuttings from the Evening News showing readers' opinions of the “Top 5 pubs," and The Golden Rule features quite prominently. So, a little off the beaten track from the city centre, but easily reached, and worth it for real ale aficionados.  (D Albury)


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