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Montrose is a small town on the east coast of Scotland of about 10.000 people. It can be reached by bus via the A92 from Dundee or by train straight to the twon centre.
Montrose is reached from the south by a bridge cross a narrow inlet which is the River South Esk. Before it reaches the sea the river forms a 3 mile diameter round basin. The Montrose Basin nature reserve is here with a wide variety of birds and plants, and leisure activities
Beyond the High St the town opens up with many green squares and Montrose FC football park, then the cricket and rugby clubs, followed by several golf clubs and from after these the promenade along the shore looking over the beach.
Nearby are The House of Dun, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre and Edzell Castle.

Local Pub Facts
Most bars were small under tenement one roomed pubs swerving their locals.

Strangely two had no name on the outside wall.

Bars are easy to recognise by groups of smokers blocking the doors.

Despite some outward appearances almost all of the bars were smart, clean and looking relatively recently done up.

Coming off of the train walk up to the town via crossing a roundabout and out the third exit. Along this road turn up to the left to go to the town centre. On This road is The Picture House and B@r ( leave one to come back to). Further up is the High St. and straight across the road(s) past the statue is The Market Arms. Coming out of here turn left and walk along to the end of the High St. Steeplejacks is on the opposite side.
At the end of the High St turn down to the left. At the foot of the hill is The George Hotel and on the opposite corner is Sharkeys. Continue along this raod as George St becomes Ferry St. The Caledonian is two corners along and further down at the end of the road is Anchor Bar.
Leaving Anchor Bar walk back up the road turning first right then first left and on this street is The Neptune Bar. It is only recognisable by the red T as it has no name on the wall

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PUB QUIZ
How many sides does a myriagon have?
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Picture House is an old cinema full of TVs (including giant screen). It is a Bellhaven dining pub with plenty of different types of seating and alcoves.
Have a half pint here
Heavy/bitter: Bellhaven best
Lager : Peroni; Carling; Tennent’s; Stella
Cider : Strongbow Guinness

A pub doing evening meals is difficult to find. Fortunately the food in The George is terrific.

The Market Arms has a long wooden floored dark bar running along left hand wall. There is seating opposite the bar. Ther is a small room immeduiately to left of entrance. The counter curls round at the end where the bar opens up to more seating. There are lots of TVs. The outside is usually in that it has two ‘balcony areas either side of the door where smokers can stand. According to various mirrors this was Sunday Mail pub of the Year 2009 and Best Beer Pub in Scotland 2008.
Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2013
Have a pint here
Real ale : Scapa Special, Island Hopping; 3Bulz
Heavy/bitter :Caledonian Best; McEwan’s 80/-;
Lager :Tennent’s; Peroni Fosters; Carling; Haver Lee; Coors Light
Cider :Strongbow Guinness

Real Ale Trail

Only two pubs -The George Hotel and The Market Arms

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Treasure Island

Steeplejacks Bar

While beer brings gladness, don't forget
That water only makes you wet.
  H.L. Wilson

The George Hotel has a restaurant to the right and a bar to the left. the long thin bar is often fully reserved for excellent bar meals which reduces the space. There are some stool at the counter but not a lot of room for standing. The decor is attractive.
Have a pint here
Real ale :Deuchers; Landlord
Heavy/bitter :Ember; Caledonia Best
Lager :Tennent’s; Stella
Cider :Magners Guinness

Sharkeys is set on a corner making the serving area set back in the room. This creates a large wooden floored standing area with some seating immediately inside the door. There are some booths to the left of the entrance. Further to the left is a smaller carpeted area with more booths and tables. Serves food and has outside seating through to rear.
Have a pint here
Heavy/bitter :Bellhaven Best
Lager :Tennent’s; red Stripe; Carling; Peroni; Stella;
Furstenberg
Cider : Guinness

The Caledonian looks like a corner pub but actually just stretches up the main street. The corner entrance brings you to a small seating area to the left and a stunning, tall, long wooden serving counter running up to the right. The counter practically touches the wall leaving very little room to squeeze past the stools. Beyond the bar is a snooker room and beyond that some lounge seating.
Have a pint here
Heavy/bitter :Caledonia Best; McEwan’s 70/-; Bass
Lager : Tennent’s; Stella; Bud
Cider :Magners Guinness

Anchor Bar is one large one room with bar along the left hand side. Stools at bar and seating around dance floor in front of Karyoke. There is a large outside seating area which is partially covered to create a smoking den.
Have a pint
Heavy/bitter : Caledonian Best; McEwan’s 80/-
Lager : Tennent’s; Fosters; Carling
Cider : Strongbow Guinness

The Neptune does not have a name on the outside, but it does have a large red T as a clue. A very bright bar with light wood furnishings and floor. There is a small serving area with couple of tables in front of it. Larger room to right and lounge. Music is loud and so were the locals.
Have pint here.
Heavy/bitter: Tartan; McEwan’s
Lager : Tennent’s
Cider : Strongbow Guinness

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