Old Blackfriars

2 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

52 Castle St
Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 5BB
United Kingdom

+44 1224 581922 | map

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Added by champ103 on 09-07-2010

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love this place. A great traditional old Scottish pub that has been named the City Pub of the Year several times by CAMRA. This is another place owned by Belhaven (it seems the best real ale pubs are owned by them in Aberdeen). There are two entrances. One off of Union Street, the other off to the side on Castle Street. Located right at the end of Union Street, across from Archibald Simpson's.

You walk through two heavy set oak doors on the Union Street Side. There is an old brick interior with two bars to cozy up to. One on the first floor, the other down a flight of about four stairs. The lower one is the main bar. Tables scattered about both floors, several fire places, and really low ceilings. Plenty of nooks and crannies to get lost in. Very cozy, worn in, and relaxed. If you want a quite corner, that is ease to find. If you want good conversation that is ease as well. No TV's, and very low music playing. A perfect atmosphere to get lost in.

The service is good and friendly. They are up for conversation if the place is not packed, and they know cask beers to a T. The food here is similar to other pubs owned by Belhaven around the city. Thing Ma's or Globe (I think they all have the same main menus). Though Old Blackfriars always have several daily specials, and different curry options. Probably the best lamb steak in Aberdeen, and the curry is always good.

On to the Real Ale! They have 9 hand pumps that are mostly of Scottish micros that are always in great condition and great turn around. Inveralmond and Caladonian are both big here. Independence, Ossian, and Deuchars IPA are the regulars. Thrappledouser Caladonain 80 both are rotated in fairly often along with Orkney's Dark Island. Old Speckled Hen, and some Black Sheep are usually available as well. While they do not always get the really rare casks that Prince of Wales gets often, the selection here is still excellent and varied.

Old Blackfriars is an incredibly charming real ale pub. I find it to be almost of the same level as Prince of Wales as far as selection. Though I thing as far as an old pub feel goes and food, Blackfriars takes it. Both are excellent pubs owned by Belhaven, and are must stops for real ale lovers. I wish Wetherspoons could have pubs of this quality.

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This is a Cask Marque pub owned by Belhaven; it is located at the end of Union Street, an area called Castlegate. (Brewdog Castlegate is a few steps away.) This is a very cozy pub, with an atmospheric room upon entry. Go down a few steps to the bar area, where there are booths and high tops where you can get food service. Decent food - hearty burgers - and friendly and efficient service made this a great place to hang out after a few pints at the aforementioned Brewdog. I really did enjoy my Belhaven stout on cask.

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Old Blackfriars in Aberdeen, GB6, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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