Jeremiah's Taproom

Jeremiah's Taproom

7/8 Elm Row


What is it? Edinburgh is a frontrunner in the beer revolution, with some of the best bars around. Jeremiah's Taproom can join that list. Its formula is very straightforward: it serves quality beer from small breweries and some delicious home-cooked food. Unlike some leading "craft" bars it doesn't take itself too seriously and there's a great laid-back atmosphere.

Interesting fact: India Innes is the head chef. She is the trainee Gordon Ramsay plucked from an obscure Parisian restaurant in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. She learned her trade under Ramsay's team at London's Claridge's and the Boxwood Cafe but, a proud Leither, she missed home.

Verdict: This place used to be The Elm Bar - a rough-and-ready, karaoke-and-SkySports kind of place. It has been extensively refurbished by the firm that runs the excellent cask beer bar No 1 High Street on the Royal Mile and it has got it spot on. The decor is contemporary but not in your face. This is a bold step here and I believe it's going to be around for a long time.

Drink: There are 16 taps. I couldn't resist the Valentina pale ale by the Out There Brewing Company from Newcastle. Lovely stuff.

Food: I had salt-and-pepper squid as a starter and it was sublime. I followed it up with a main of pulled pork with barbecued corn on the cob and rice - a real taste of the American South with a side of hot sauce. Utterly amazing. (Note to self - next time try the Big Kahuna Burger which includes grilled pineapple and peanut butter!)

Price: Most pints on keg are around the £4 to £5 mark with cask around £3.80 and all cocktails are priced at a reasonable £5.95. My two courses came to £15.90, which was great value for the quality of food.

Children: Allowed in to 8pm.

Alfresco: Seating for 30 on the large pavement in front of the building.

Avoid if: You don't think that you have to pay for quality beer.

Perfect for: Good beer, great food ... and not a karaoke singer in sight.