Tuesday, 27 July 2010

CAMRA launches Edinburgh Pub Walks book

‘Explore Scotland’s capital city, while never straying too far from a decent pint’

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today ensured drinkers visiting or living in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, can explore its beautiful surrounds without missing out on its historic public houses.

Edinburgh Pub Walks, by CAMRA author Bob Steel, is a lovingly illustrated, practical pocket-sized guide to the most iconic pubs in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, taking in 25 town, country and coastal walks, from the best of the Royal Mile, to the Dunbar Coastal Trail, 25 miles from the centre of the city.

Edinburgh Pub Walks is an indispensible title for both urban explorer and discerning beer drinker alike. Dividing the guide into two manageable sections – ‘Edinburgh Old and New’ and ‘Beyond the Fringe’ – Steel’s trails perfectly capture Scottish heritage, allowing the reader to experience the city using short, simple routes which take in the historic hilltop views and superb architecture of the capital. Highlighted on each route are key cultural attractions, recommended pubs, and access to public transport facilities, with trails intertwined to allow more intrepid walkers to undertake longer routes through Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

For those interested in the most renowned heritage pubs Edinburgh has to offer, Steel – an author with a lifelong passion for pub architecture – introduces the reader to the most unmissable pubs in the city to take in the nation’s rich pub going history. These include-

-Athletic Arms (Diggers), 1-3 Angle Park Terrace, EH11 2JX – ‘exceptional interior and relatively little altered from a scheme of about 1900.’

-Leslie’s Bar, 45/47 Ratcliffe Terrace, EH9 1SU – ‘A great late Victorian Edinburgh bar, it’s the work of P.L Henderson, probably the most prolific, and arguably one of the best pub architects Scotland has seen’

-Cafe Royal, 19 West Register Street, EH2 2AA – ‘Grade A listed, this mid Victorian pub is surely in terms of the richness of the fittings top of the league of Edinburgh pub interiors.’

-Kenilworth Arms, 152/154 Rose Street, EH2 3JD – ‘Another impressive island-bar pub, it has recently been deservedly upgraded to a Category A listing.’

-Oxford Bar, 8 Young Street, EH2 4JB – ‘The ‘Ox’ is something different – here is a plain, basic and wonderfully intact old drinking shop from the early 19th century with few embellishments; but for all that one of the city’s great pubs.’

Bob Steel, Edinburgh Pub Walks author, said:

‘The late great beer writer Michael Jackson once said there was nowhere he would rather pub crawl than Edinburgh, and in my opinion there isn’t a more attractive city to take an urban walk. The city’s topography and built environment offer continually changing points of interest, and there’s always a good pub close to hand when you need one!’

‘For anyone unfamiliar with this beautiful city, the guide supplements the trails with information about this historic festival city and its origins, complete with an overview of the Scottish real ale industry.

‘Edinburgh Pub Walks contains everything you need to start your expedition around this fantastic city, whether you are a seasoned real ale drinker, a history buff, a lover of beautiful city walks, or a fan of breathtaking pub architecture.’

Edinburg Pub Walks is out now, priced £7.99 for CAMRA members and £9.99 for non-members. The title is available from the CAMRA shop and all good retailers. ISBN: 978-1-85249-274-8