The Edinburgh Spotters are big beer fans (just check the selection of pubs!) so it’ll come as no surprise one of our usual meeting points is one of Edinburgh’s craft beer pubs. Down Blackfriars Street between the Royal Mile and the Cowgate Salt Horse has become a default option for Spotters meetings for the past year or so.
The small bar offers a rotating range of craft breweries from all over the world on cask and keg as well as a huge selection of bottles. Last time we were in the favourite was a Helles beer from Harbour Brewing Co in Cornwall. Mikkeller from Denmark has been a previous option as has Thornbridge from Derbyshire. The draft beers are all served in 2/3rds so it’s a great excuse to try a few more than you’d normally have, just keep an eye on the strength – they can get quite strong!
To help soak up all the beers, Salt Horse usually have a popup food option. At the moment it’s Meat:Stack from Newcastle. I’ve not tried them yet but if it’s anything like the previous options from Jones & Sons, Twelve Triangles or Mangal, then it’s not to be missed.
If you don’t drink beer, don’t worry, Salt Horse also has a pretty good wine and spirit selection – not huge, but good.
They also apparently have a beer garden. We’ve never sat outside yet but maybe one of these days the Scottish sun will shine…