It was The Green Tree, then it was Robertson’s, then it was something else, then finally, with a dreadful air of self-parody, The Gorgie Bar.
Now boarded up and with work going on inside…
…to make it into a branch of the Co-op’s Funeralcare business.
It will definitely be a much more jovial and lively place than any incarnation of the pub.
Meanwhile, at Murrayfield stadium (aka BT Murrayfield) they’re getting so excited by the prospect of a few multi-millionaires banging out some blues-rock on June 9 that Jon Pasche’s classic two-dimensional design has once again been twisted, meretriciously, into this shadow of itself…
Why two? Why now (well, actually a few weeks ago)? At upward of £400 for good tickets, I’ll probably not being investigating much more closely.
The latest edition of CAMRA’s Pints of View magazine reports that The Horseshoe is due for demolition.
This is very unfortunate. Not only is it a great pub with McEwan’s 70 shilling, it is cheap and has a vibrant beer garden. Worse, this is allegedly Gorgie’s oldest building (opposite the soon-to-be renovated Saughton rose gardens;) say what you like about the pub, as lots of people do, often, but I think it’s a handsome building which will be a loss.
Just a bit along the road is this building; it was the Roxy Cinema until 1963, then a bingo hall, you can see that the art deco frontage has been retained. John Lennon allegedly used to go there when he visited his uncle in Edinburgh. I guess it’s possible, but there must have been easier cinemas to get to from Murrayfield.
There goes the neighbourhood…Gorgie’s very own Costa, which opened as scheduled on 9 June.
I feel pretty sure that this will have minimal effect on the other cafes in the area. I hope I’m right.
What’s next? Smashed avocado on sourdough in Strattie’s?
A shot looking out over Edinburgh’s Manhattan from dusk on Thursday 5th September…below is a bit of the real thing from just before dawn on Hogmanay 2010.