Our Beer Man’s Verdict
Monty’s in Morrison Street – formerly Carter’s Tap – is never a place that had registered on my beery radar.
It’s almost directly opposite the dependable Thomson’s and just a little too far from places like the Bat or Cloisters to form part of any beer-focused crawl.
But its unexpected appearance as a verified venue on a beer-rating app piqued my curiosity enough to make me visit. Don’t get more wrong, this paid-for endorsement really offers no assurances about anything – except that the venue is aware there’s a market for decent beer.
It’s an enticing little nook: low-ceilinged with a seating area upstairs. it feels a lot more welcoming inside than it looks from the outside, which also has some seating.
The welcome was warm, and service was a real strength throughout.
The beer selection, however, would probably be described as solid rather than spectacular. So there’s a couple from Dalkeith-based Cross Borders on cask, along with JHB from Oakham and Timothy Taylor. As well as Tennent’s and Guinness on keg, there’s also Staropramen, Hoegaarden, Goose Island IPA and Farmageddon Mosaic. So far, so mixed.
There is, however, an intriguing selection of cans and bottles in the fridge, with some of the best of British as well as the Belgian classics.
I start with a half of the St Titus from Saltaire and, well, it’s alright. The ever-reliable Jarl from Fyne is, always, excellent: light but with bags of refreshing citrus.
Monty’s is a nicely-appointed venue and merits a visit if you’re passing. If great draught beer is what you’re after, it feels to me very much like a good place for a quick pint before you head on somewhere else for the evening.
Address: 185 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8DZ