‘Tis the sea­son to be Jolly.. about find­ing a gen­uine gem of a gin joint

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You wouldn’t ex­pect to find one of Scot­land’s finest gin jaunts tucked up an al­ley­way but then life is full of sur­prises.

And the good ones tend to be when and where you least ex­pect them.

The Jolly Gin And Craft have an eye- pop­ping 80 va­ri­eties of gin on of­fer, from their sig­na­ture Jolly Botanist and Kin­tyre pink gin to a de­li­cious poppy liqueur cock­tail, which is a proper f lo­ral as­sault on the senses.

The staff re­ally know their stuf f , rec­om­mend­ing their favourites whether you are a gin novice or a con­nois­seur.

And as if that wasn’t enough, craft beer fans can also have a field day with dozens of ar­ti­san la­bels on of­fer, in­clud­ing the Ed­in­burgh-brewed Rad­i­cal Road.

We en­joyed all of this in a cheery bar with a ro­man­tic Mediter­ranean gin ga rden fee l , com­plete with a wis­te­ri­afe stooned ceil­ing, hang­ing lanterns and mis­matched wooden chairs.

So with the drink sorted, lunch was a huge shar­ing board of tasty de­lights in­clud­ing arancini balls, hal­loumi sticks, hag­gis scotch eggs and chicken skew­ers ac­com­pa­nied by a trio of home­made dips and salsa. For the main course, I opted for their de­li­cious crispy chicken ori­en­tal noo­dles, while my other half went for the seis­mic all- day brunch. Need­less to say, we couldn’t even look at dessert.

The staff were all young, hip and friendly and proud to tell us about the mod­ern bar, which opened in March af­ter hav­ing a £300,000 re­fur­bish­ment. It’s the sis­ter pub to Ed­in­burgh’s award­win­ning venue The Jolly Botanist – so it won’t be a shock when it picks up some gongs of its own.

CHEERS There are 80 gins and dozens of craft beers on of­fer at the Jolly Gin And Craft

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