The city of Edinburgh – a review, part 2

A conclusion of my love letter to Scotland and the city of Edinburgh. And so my second day in the city consisted of two activities…

 

Escape Reality – the No.1 Escape room in the world!

I’m not sure if Escape Reality is the no.1 escape room in the world but it is certainly good!  Located just a few tram stops from the city’s central Princes street we then made the short walk to Fountainbridge.

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Our party of 9 were split into two and we were given a choice of two escape rooms out of 6. Of course the crew that I captained chose the ‘Nosferatu’ game, me and Vampires kinda go hand in hand, or hand in stake shall I say. (pause for laughter…) The other crew headed up ‘Machina’ a ‘terminator’ style themed room.

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Once inside we were tasked with a game of figuring out vampire families and an eventual way to a ‘cure’ via several rooms that opened upon finding various different clues and cracking  locks. Mind your head when examining some secret cupboard doors because they may fling open into one’s face!

There was even a clever game involving words which a wordsmith like yours truly somehow cracked. Eventually we found our way into ‘Nosferatu’s’ lair and armed with a stake we slayed that motherfu**er! Overall the room was of medium difficulty and our team working together finished just two minutes shy of the time limit. 

Escape rooms are an ever growing popular concept that I highly recommend, and Escape Reality were great hosts! They boast to have game locations in the US, UAE and India!

And so our sights set themselves onto the main event of our short tenure in Edinburgh and it involved beer!

Frankenstein’s – Bier Keller Experience

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‘The world famous’ Frankenstein’s is a three storey themed bar that was pretty damn awesome. We had booked the basement bier keller experience – an Octoberfest style set up in Scotland? Trust me it works and along with an awesome three course meal we all had ourselves a 1 litre stein of beer (we had to pay separate for this) and one stein will set you back around £8 so it isn’t that bad in terms of pricing seeing as a pint in the UK costs north of £4 these days… so it was worth it!

Overall the service was great and we were well looked after. Frankenstein’s is a unique place and even the walk there was quite picturesque via the hill and past the Royal mile. For anyone looking for an interesting themed bar I would highly recommend this place!

 

Final Thoughts on Edinburgh

What a great city with an awesome vibe. Considering the short time we spent there, I guarantee I shall be returning as there is a lot more to explore. The castle would be something I would have loved to of seen but time was of the essence. If you are flying from London, its literally 50 minutes in the air. My top tip would be to watch out for the return flight if you are using Edinburgh airport, it gets busy on a Sunday!

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The Windsor & Eton Brewery Tour – Review

Breweries are a popular and ever growing concept in this day and age. Long are the days gone where bars and pubs sold the one ale by one major brewery. Competition fosters quality in any market and this is particularly so in the beer industry.

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“There’s a beer out there for everyone,” and that’s a statement I now believe as said by ‘Willie’ our somewhat personal tour guide of the cosy Windsor and Eton Brewery; a place where new beers and new ideas are in constant supply along with the a flow of the obvious. Located a stone’s throw away from Windsor Castle and even closer to the river Thames; the unassuming building is tucked away amongst terraced housing in what could be any street in the UK; except on this street something special is happening.

Upon walking through the wide doors of what looks like any modern bar which for a Saturday afternoon was quite busy and full of friendly locals watching the Rugby; this could have easily been mistaken for a living room if it wasn’t for the well stocked gift shop area and of course her majesty’s coat of arms as the brewery has very recently been appointed as the official royal brewer.

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Past this welcoming threshold is the brewery itself in what is compared to most industrial units on the smaller side but the space is used effectively, not only is this where the whole process of making beer takes place but an extension of the bar area with wooden tables and actual used barrels for seating. In fact the place where they usually fill the barrels is empty this afternoon as a live band will be setting up for the evening creating a unique atmosphere.

Our group arranged in a horseshoe are treated to an informal and personal account of the process while of course being generously gifted with samples of Windsor and Eton’s finest; this is along with sampling the main ingredients that make up the brew -hops; all of which are in different stages. It’s insightful and interactive with plenty of opportunity to understand the whole process while you also have a chance to taste some great beers.

The Windsor and Eton Brewery have been in operation for 9 plus years and have already made their mark upon the south eastern area of England; their wide array of choice has even attracted the likes of notable celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal who stocks his restaurants with their product. For anyone looking to do something a little different whilst visiting the home of the Queen I would highly recommend you pay a visit for what is a value for money, insightful, informal and fun experience.

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