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The Gait Craft Beer Bar and Kitchen.
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The Canons' Gait Craft Beer Bar and Kitchen.
232 Canongate,
High Street,
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0131 556 4481
Food served: 12 noon-9pm


Smokey Jack and the Brownie!

Some beer and food pairings have gone horrendously wrong and I've been left shaking my head and wondering ... why? So I'm really pleased to say that no such travesties befell me when I bevvied beer and gorged great grub at the Gait on the Royal Mile.

With seven cask beers (six from The Ferry Brewery in South Queensferry) and five on keg, we were spoilt for choice. The same goes for the food; Mr H jumped for the haggis, tatties and neeps because it goes so well with many ales. Being a ditherer, I went for the matching menu - four dishes with four 1/3 pints (£18).

They arrived all together, three wee bowls of savoury and a brownie, served on a wooden board. Smoked mackerel pate came with Witches Brew; lightly hoppy with hints of citrus balanced the oiliness of the fish, a great start. Ferry Crossing is a fabby quaff with the Thai red chicken and apricot curry, perhaps the dish could have had a bit more heat, but that wouldn't stop me from having a larger bowl with a pint.

The final savoury was my favourite - venison braised in Smokey Jack (also the tasting tipple) on rosemary mash topped with parsnip crisps. The meat had wisps of smokiness that titillated my taste buds; the earthiness of the herby spud was a harmonious collaboration.

Ahhh, then pudding! Oatmeal brownie was a surprise (an idea that I will nick); my initial thoughts were, 'please don't be stodgy and claggy!' Oh yea of little faith! The kitchen hadn't let me down so far and I needn't have worried. It was the right side of squidgy with a real chocolate hit, sweetness imparted from crumbled tablet. The malty rich Ferry Stout and its slight bitterness reverberated nicely with the brownie.

As I ate my way through the tapas-like food, he worked his way through the rest of the beers (1/2 pints) with his haggis and help from the wonderful bar staff surprising him with the different beers including the draught largeresque, 'Paolozzi' from the Edinburgh Beer Company. Named after Scottish born sculptor, Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, whose work can be found at across the city, including the giant foot at the top of Leith Walk.

What struck us about the Gait, apart from really great pub grub and excellent beers, is that there is a good mix of ages from twenty something groups of girls and hipsters to middle-aged tourists and locals. It's not as big as I thought it would be but has a bright airy feel, a lively atmosphere, sassy, knowledgeable staff and a kitchen that knows how to work with beer. The pumps change weekly and the food is matched to the new brews on tap.

And, as for beer's a man's drink - pah! This place shows women can enjoy a good pint too!(L. Harris) 




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