As we all know these are tough times for us all as we try and cope with rising fuel, food and energy costs. As the belts tighten certain types of businesses will certainly feel the pinch and one of those might well be the good old pub.
Dunfermline has always had a fine tradition of having a decent pub culture with a compact city centre it lends itself well to the notion of a wee pub crawl. Something I do less regularly now but was always an enjoyable experience in the past.
Like everything else things change regularly in the pub game. Peoples’ tastes change and less folk probably go out as often as they used to. Despite this, most businesses are still there and some of them are even gaining national recognition.
One such pub is The Commercial Inn run by Andrew Black. They have just picked up their latest award ‘Scottish Pub of The Year’ from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). The Commercial prides itself on its quality ales and relaxed atmosphere and does good quality bar meals at a very reasonable cost. Congratulations to Andy and all his staff.
The Monarch Bar in James Street is another who have gained recognition over the years. Back in March they got to the final ‘Best Independent Bar of The Year’ at an awards ceremony run by Coors Scottish Entertainment Awards. This is the third or fourth time they have achieved this. A fine wee pub with a strong loyal clientele, it has an additional venue upstairs and a cracking wee beer garden out back. Congratulations to proprietor Irene Gibson and all her staff.
Better go as I have a big day to prepare for tomorrow as I’m hosting the American Consul General who is venturing over from Edinburgh for the first time to sample our delights. Who knows we might even squeeze in a few pints at one or two of our local hostelries. Can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Until next time
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