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VACANCY

  Can you help? We need an Assistant Manager, preferably somebody with a fair bit of experience in a similar position. We will pay you £16,000 per annum for a 35 hour week Actual shifts are negotiable but you will be expected to work weekends and Christmas (sorry!) Must be an enthusiastic drinker with a fair […]

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Gettin’ Jaggy With It.

I think we are in broad agreement that the 21st century has had a pretty rough first couple of decades. Our institutions, finances, social fabric and bodies have all aged terribly these last few years. But few things have changed quite like the public perception of cider has. When I was a child “cider” meant […]

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I ♥ The Eighties

Way back in the mists of time, when what is now the Scottish Parliament was an abandoned brewery and pubs still reeked of baccy, I was a fresh-faced art student determined to drink my way around Edinburgh in as cost effective a fashion as possible. Back then, spending an evening in the pub was actually […]

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TELL ME WHY.

With Heather’s departure  the shop will be a man down for the next couple of months. To keep our sanity and to let us maintain the same quality of service, I’ve made the (frankly easy) decision to close the shop on Mondays.   So, from the 4th of March, we will try to stick to […]

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So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Goodbye.

  If any of you guys are regulars from way back, you might have noticed that I have been absent from the shop floor for large stretches of the last couple of years. Front of house duties and, to be honest, all day to day areas of shop management have largely fallen on Heather. She […]

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Blind Drunk

  If the past two years has taught us anything, it’s that as human beings, we are full of irrational prejudice (apologies if that sentence is a bit inflammatory, depressing and lacking in yuletide spirit) This is as true in matters of taste, as it is in (slightly) more important matters like love, religion, politics […]

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All Grain, No Pain.

  Rob Hill of the Swannay brewery way up in Orkney, may be Scotland’s most consistently excellent brewer, but few people would call him innovative. He specialises in moderately hopped, traditional beers of the kind that your dad would recognise. (He brews a world class mild, for instance) These are nearly always the best drinks […]

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Vino et Vinyl

Popping corks and spinning discs! In the old past, we’ve proposed some pretty specious not to say spurious reasons for tastings, but this one really takes the biscuit. If you will believe it, we are going to attempt to pair not wine and food but wine and music, pressings of grapes and vinyl if you […]

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LES FAB FOUR

As we hurtle into a scary, angry and ever more insular 2019, lets have one last bash just before we leap head first into the merde at the end of March. We have booked the Walnut on Sunday 10th Feb and we hope you can join us for a wee celebration of the grapes that form the […]

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PLEASE MAY WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION (and your tinned tomatoes)

It’s turned right nippy out and the nights are drawing right in. We’re all a little bit skint and wondering whether we should get the kids that video game they’ve been droning on about. Frankly, winter 2018 sucks and 2019 looks like it’ll be worse. Well, its time to start counting your blessings. For one, […]

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