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Old Blackfriars, Aberdeen

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Visited twice. Nice pub with friendly staff, food is the big thing here, but I did not eat. 4-5 cask ales on, and a few kegs and bottles.
Sigmund - 30 Aug 2017 17:30
Surprising and interesting pub opposite the Archibald Simpson. The entrance brings you into what looks likes a dining area with the bar positioned downstairs where there are booths and tables to create another dining area.

There are comfy seats up the top and this actually acts as a snug when customers are not eating.

First impressions make you think this is just a restaurant but that was due to there being more food on the go than drinks but this definitely a pub.

I was in on a Saturday night and it was packed out. There was an acoustic guitarist playing and as good as he was it was a bit wasted as most punters were busy in conversation.

5 ales on tap, all of which were Scottish (there's a pattern forming here), I had a pint of Robert Burns from Belhaven, good poured pint.

Copies of the old stainless glass windows are behind the bar.

A decent pub but a bit too food orientated for my liking.

lezford - 28 Jan 2013 13:41
Pleasant enough though has a bit of a chain feel and is more food orientated though not oppressively so like some chain pubs. Ale was okay and probably worth a drop by if you're at the top end of Union Street.
anonymous - 31 Oct 2012 21:17
A brief visit here allowed me to squeeze two beers in, namely the excellent Cairngorm Tradewinds, and a half of the new Belhaven IPA (3.8%) which is superior in every way to GK IPA and is to be encouraged as a more than satisfactory alternative in any Belhaven pub where GK IPa is served. that said the other three beers were GK brews which was a shame. Still, the beers appear to change frequently so go see what you can find
ahscum - 25 Jul 2011 21:07
Fairly good chain pub. Deuchars IPA, Ossians, Creel Ale, Tetley's Mad Trumpet, Ruddles County and Belhaven on pump when I went. The dungeon-like doors open on to a mezzanine with a larger bar area down a small flight of steps. Tartan carpet. S'alright.
BitterShurn - 4 May 2011 20:49
A Belhaven pub featuring 9 handpumps of which 6 ales were on offer when visited. Very warm and stuffy pub and dare I say the ale was pretty warm too,but it was still a good tasting pint from Inveralmond Brewery. 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 10 Jul 2010 21:38
Probably more a pub to go to for food rather than drink. Staff are friendly but a bit on the slow side, especially when busy in the evening/weekend.
ImOnlyHereForTheBeer - 7 Mar 2010 21:24
This was the second time I have been here. It was quiet the first time I visited. This time it was even quieter. There is however a good selection of real ales from Greene King - Abbot Ale, Deuchars IPA, Inveralmond Ossian, Belhaven 80/, St Andrew's Ale and TT Landlord. The highlight of our visit was watching somebody from the adjacent courthouse being bundled into a waiting vehicle.
blue_scrumpy - 20 Mar 2009 18:08
Not over impressed with this pub, i managed to find one table that wasn't reserved at 6pm on a Wednesday and a menu was thrust towards me. I ordered a pint of Bitter and Twisted (not very nice) and a pie and chips (mediocre), I found it hard to settle the bill as nobody seemed to want my money (i'll walk next time).
davebatt69 - 22 Aug 2008 14:07
Wish we had Greene King pubs like this in the South - great beer choice (Ossian excellent), good food and a great building. Even table service !
mtaylor40 - 12 Mar 2008 21:10
At 5pm on a Friday evening, this felt to be a nice enough pub with - at that time - no sign of food (although a friend asked me whether it was a Wetherspoons: it has the feel of the best of that pub group). I noticed Abbot and Deuchars IPA and a couple of other beers in addition to the Inveralmond Ossian Ale which we three settled on. It is in the CAMRA guide. I liked it but then I'd just finished a 370 mile cycle holiday and had warm feelings generally.
drtimthornton - 23 Sep 2007 14:36
Looks like it originally must have been a very characterful old place, with its different bars on different levels and heavily timbered interior. Food looked good.
Greshon - 14 Feb 2007 13:32
Used to be a good pub, far too much of a restaurant feel now.
starzyboy - 15 Oct 2006 17:13
Big place, Freindly staff. Beer was fine, special offer on Malts. Comfortable.
johnbabercomb - 10 Feb 2006 21:13

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