The Malt and Hops is a traditional public house located by the Water of Leith in the Shore area.
It’s a one-room affair with all manner of knickknacks and brewing memorabilia covering the walls and the ceiling, which also has garlands of hops hanging from it. The walls are also bedecked by hundreds of pump clips, bearing witness to the many various types of real ales that have been poured here in the past. A few antique bar mirrors help give the place a much larger feel.
Real ale is the speciality here. They have eight hand pulls on the go at any one time, with at least the same number racked and ready to go, ensuring that the supply never falters. Beers on offer are sourced from all corners of the UK, with maybe a slight bias towards Scottish and northern brewers, but there is always something interesting to be found.
If real ale isn’t your bag they have 11 other taps on the go with more mainstream offerings such as Tennent’s, Carling and Guinness, along with a couple of ciders and the odd guest craft beer. There’s a fair spirit selection, with a good selection of whisky, rum and gin, and a reasonable wine selection which is all available by the glass.
In winter, with the real coal fire blazing, it’s a wonderfully cosy place where you can easily while away an afternoon or evening and it’s a complete suntrap on a sunny summer day. There is limited outdoor seating, but there are a number of huge whisky barrels on the pavement outside, giving you somewhere to rest your drink while topping up your vitamin D levels. You might even catch a glimpse of the neighbourhood swans gliding past with several cygnets in tow.
Address: 45 Shore, EH6 6QU
Phone: +44 131 555 0083