Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Diggers, Edinburgh

It’s rare for the Buddha Belly to write a review of an establishment that only serves drink. However, on this occasion he has made an exception and wishes to share with you probably the finest pint of beer available anywhere in the world. The establishment that serves this beer is The Diggers in Edinburgh, just off Gorgie Road, near the home of the famous Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

The proper name of The Diggers is The Athletic Arms. Its nickname comes from being across the road from a cemetery, whose gravediggers in days gone by would visit the pub at the end of their shift. The Diggers décor is not to modern taste. My wife often comments that it would be nicer if they got it carpeted, put a dado rail up and invested in some curtains. She’s no taste! However, the linoleum flooring, slightly threadbare upholstered benches and screwed to the floor tables provides the drinker with an interesting environment in which to wet their throat.

When the Buddha Belly visits the Diggers he is only interested in sampling the delights of The Diggers 80/. It is his view that the 80/ or “Electric Soup” is the best you will find. This beer has legendry status and a number of folklores have arisen as to why it tastes so good. Legend has it that the staff add some special liquid to each barrel to make it taste so good. It may also have something to do with the staff keeping the pipes meticulously clean. The Buddha Belly’s Dad thinks that it is something to do with the temperature of the cellar in which the barrels are stored. It could be all of the above. Who knows? It’s a secret.

The staff at The Diggers are the best in the land, in fact they may even be psychic. No need for words to be exchanged, just use your fingers to indicated how many pints of 80/ you wish and they will be poured pronto from one of the fourteen 80/ beer taps. Yes fourteen! The Diggers actually has 16, the other two are for Guinness and lager. But, be warned the Electric Soup is strong. I’ve even known some Australians to feel its effects after just a couple of pints.

So if you are ever in Edinburgh and your throat would benefit from being wet by a superb pint get yourself to The Diggers. Oh! I nearly forgot the steak pies smothered in brown sauce aren’t bad either.

Contact Details:

The Diggers (Athletic Arms)
1-3 Angle Park Terrace
EH11 2JX
Telephone: 0131 337 3822


west end girl said...

Was there a man selling fish from his coat? W
hen are you getting over to the West. Love your reviews.

Paz said...

Best wishes on your food blogging activities!


Blether77 said...

You're taking your poetic licence just a little bit far Buddha......'The Famous Heart of Midlothian Football Club'!??! ahem!
Loving the blog.

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