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Our Goth and Prestonpans Ales in Review

Fair Comments Come Our Way Quite Frequently ...

Real ale enthusiasts and restuarant guides are increasingly offering comments on the way things are at The Prestoungrange Gothenburg these days ... here is a recent example from THE LIST - that Craig Allen, our Brewer, rather liked!

It's a tad unfair on the Dean Tavern in Newtongrange to suggest we are the nation's Gothenburg flagship though - we always ourselves acknowledge their seniority and that of The Goth at Armadale. [After all we traded as a non-Goth, even closed for five years, from 1956-2004.] As for Head Chef Andrew Laurie's food being 1980s, well there's a thought. Seems however to be much to the satisfaction of the clientelle. We'll have to just wait and see what gets said when we offer 2d Cheese Rolls from 1908 when we celebrate our centenary next year!

The List's Remarks were ....

"The Prestoungrange Gothenburg owes its name to a remarkable system of community ownership imported from Sweden in the late 1800s. Small mining communities in Scotland adopted this system as a precursor to working men's clubs. Other 'Goths' still exist in Scotland, but Prestoungrange is the flagship and continues to serve the neighbourhood's eating and drinking needs, with profits now covenanted in favour of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival. As well as supporting local fishermen by taking supplies of haddock and shellfish from nearby ports, Prestoungrange also has an on-site micro-brewery producing three Fowlers [Prestonpans] Ales - Gothenburg Porter, Prestonpans 80/- and Prestonpans IPA. Housed in an arts and crafts building dating from 1908, with most of the interior beautifully restored, you can eat, drink and be merry within this fascinating slice of local history from noon onwards. Lunch could be a chunky home-made vegetable broth and a choice of sandwiches, pizza, panini, or maybe a Fowlers beef and ale pie. The evening menu expands to include starters of chicken liver pâté or a melon and port cocktail, moving on to a char-grilled steak with French fries and home-made onion rings. Puddings are pretty conventional, but there's good coffee and that mellow, local beer.

+ A glass of creamy Gothenburg Porter
- Very conventional 1980s-style menu

Published Date: April 4th 2007

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