The Golden Rule
Our Beer Man’s Verdict
The Golden Rule is an unassuming pub you’re unlikely to stumble across by chance.
It’s tucked away on a corner of Yeaman Place, just off the much busier Dundee Street.
It’s an extremely short walk from its sister pub The Fountain but doesn’t appear to have much in common with its modern, stylish sibling and seems more in tune with other pubs in the chain like Carriers Quarters and Thomson’s.
And that’s fine, because on a dreich and extremely gusty night, I was looking for somewhere cosy – style wasn’t a consideration.
That’s where a pub like the Golden Rule is always going to win hands-down. It won’t win any style awards and it’s certainly not doing anything innovative, but sometimes a traditional pub is the only thing that’s going to meet your drinking requirements.
It’s dark, cosy and determinedly old-fashioned – right down to the wooden rack which advertises “today’s papers”. Lots of wood panelling, brass fixtures and warm red lighting. Heavy drapes match the red leather seating.
There’s a comfortable main area with a large wooden quarter circle bar, and a marginally more modern lounge in the back down a couple of stairs.
The beer selection is a pleasant surprise. As well as the usual selection of keg – including Caesar Augustus from Williams – there’s a good range of cask on which pretty much caters for all tastes. So there’s some dull Pivo Estivo from Kelburn, the ever-reliable Happy Chappy from Cromarty and a lovely orange and rosemary Belgian pale from Bad Seed (a steal at just £3.70 a pint).
I opt to try the Fatal Flaw from Pig and Porter (£3.60), which is fine: a decent enough malty ale with slight hop character which is billed as an American Amber. The JHB from Oakham (£3.60) is great: a really nice English bitter with no frills. As well as the draught, there are some bottles in the fridge, including Alechemy and Drygate.
It would have been easy – particularly with driving wind and rain outside – to stay in the comfortable embrace of the Golden Rule all evening. It may not be the most obvious destination in this part of town, but I’ll certainly be back for another visit. It’s an appealing place which it would be hard not to warm to.
The beer selection won’t blow your socks off, but I get the feeling they will chuck in the occasional surprise alongside a solid selection just to keep things interesting.
Address: 30 Yeaman Place, Edinburgh, EH11 1BT