Category Archives: Features

MICROPUB SPOTLIGHT: Rutherfords, Kelso

Running a micropub in Scotland can provide it’s own set of challenges. So, it’s just as well there is a trailblazer who has not only given it a go but also trains those keen to follow their lead. Here, RUTHERFORDS OF KELSO – the first micropub to establish itself north of the border – is… Read More »

MICROPUB SPOTLIGHT: The Just Reproach, Deal

Micropubs are springing up all over the country, providing a much-needed alternative for punters weary of poor quality boozers. In the second in a series of Q&As with those who have taken the plunge and decided to run their own such establishment, Mark Robson of the JUST REPROACH in the historic Kent town of Deal,… Read More »

Would you ban children from your local?

Okay, so the title of this post may be slightly provocative, but if I gave you a magic wand, would you ban kids from your local? I’m sure if you had possession of a magic wand then you’d probably have better things to wish for, like a jackpot-winning lottery ticket, a villa in Italy or… Read More »

Best pubs in Edinburgh, Scotland

The InnSpectre reviews some of the best pubs in Edinburgh, Scotland. I love the four and a half hour train journey from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh. Not only does it offer fine views of the Yorkshire countryside and the Northumberland coastline, but it gives me plenty of time to research the beers and boozers… Read More »

Edinburgh pubs: Grassmarket

Edinburgh Castle casts a menacing shadow across the quaint corner of the city called Grassmarket – a mixture of shops, eateries and more importantly, great pubs. This part of the Scottish capital is a microcosm of what is great about the city with live music, great hospitality and a wide-range of real ales. In one… Read More »

Home brewing beginners’ guide

Come on, let’s be honest; beer is plentiful, available at supermarkets, off-licences and pubs throughout the land. So why are so many people turning to homebrew kits? It could well be that with the recession in full flow, people are looking to home brewing as a cost cutting measure. For a reasonable amount of start-up… Read More »

The InnSpectre samples Aass Pilsner in Oslo

A month has now passed since my trip to Oslo with my old pal Grundle and I am still getting over the price of a pint. I know the Norwegian capital is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but I still wasn’t quite prepared for the pain and loathing I felt at… Read More »