By barton808 on Jun 23, 2007
After last night's sessions I led a merry band across the Meadows and
through the Bruntsfield links to one of my favorite Edinburgh
establishments, the Golf Tavern. There were two of us from Sun (Tom
and myself), four from Canonical (Doko, James, Collin and Kyle), 1
Googler (Drake) and Peder from Norway who works on a Debian derivative
used for the national education system.
Although the pub is said to have been established in 1456, its come under new ownership in the last several years. While it looks the same from the outside, inside it now boasts flat screen TVs and an international menu, meaning that alongside such local dishes as Haggis, neeps and tatties (turnips and potatos) and Yorkshire pudding, they also serve buffalo wings and nachos -- needless to say we stuck to the local fare.
Turns out that the Bruntsfield links where the tavern is located is
purported to be the locus for the invention of golf and the site of the
oldest golf course in the world (albeit short hole). In fact, since I was at
school they have brought back the course and there were a bunch of
folks out hitting.
The food was great and I got to have my much beloved 80 shillings. Specifically, the tavern served "Caley 80" of which one Scottish guide to beer had the following to say:
This beer is the standard by which all Scots Heavies should be measured. Caledonian 80/- having won the Camra2 Champion Beer of Scotland several years in a row - is a fine pint. Meaty enough to give you something to chew on, but light enough to enable continued drinking. Almost never bags you up and creates the well-known 'two pints of Caley' (2POC) feeling. The 2POC feeling is unique to Caley 80 - simply drink two pints, put on some Pink Floyd and relax. Man.
The majority of us then broke down and had the "traditional" gigantic ice cream sundaes for desert.
Pau for now...