RATING: Food (not tried), Atmosphere 4, Service 4, Drinks 4, Toilets 3.5
I remember The Malt Shovel from my days at The Edinburgh Evening News as it was a welcome change from the Half Way House and the Jinglin’ Geordies in nearby Fleshmarket close.
Sadly, I’ve not been in for years but I popped in after a meeting recently and this remains a traditional pub.
It is conveniently placed near Edinburgh’s main station, Waverley, and the walls display Scottish memorabilia and trinkets. The bar is well-stocked (there are over 100 whiskies) and real ales are available. My pick was Hippopotamus, a refreshing brew (ABV 3.8%).
Overall, this pub is popular with the city centre workers, students and tourists and jazz is featured. It’s a pleasant place for a quiet pint.