Real Ales

Recommended by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and listed in the Good Beer Guide 2010, Blackfriars is also holder of the prestigious Cask Marque award.

Behind the beautiful polished mahogany bar you'll find friendly staff happy to take you through a great selection of real ales on tap.

We also have real cider as well as wide selection of guest beers from some of the best small breweries around.

We have beers from some of the finest breweries around Scotland and the Highlands, together with a range of award-winning beers from our favourite English brewers.  Here's a sample of some of the fine real ales and guest beers we offer: 
from the An Teallach Ale Co.....

from the Inveralmond Brewery....

from the  Highland Brewery.....

Scapa Special  A satisfying world class pale ale, made with maris otter pale ale malt & a blend of four hops from America, Germany, new Zealand & Slovakia, each one selected for their spiciness and aroma. ABV 4.2%

Orkney Blast  A stunning stronger ale in the true British fashion, with balanced flavours from maris otter malt and hops added early and late in the copper. One to take great care with as it is so drinkable. ABV 6.0%

Independence  A classic session ale. Well balanced malt and hop flavours combined with a hint of spiciness has established this extremely drinkable pint as a firm favourite. ABV 3.8%

An Teallach  This full-bodied Ruby ale has a malty chocolate flavour and a slightly hoppy finish.

Beinn Dearg  This well-bodied red coloured ale has a slightly malty flavour and a well hopped finish.

Caledonian Deuchars IPA  Brilliant blend of malt and hop character, solid gold colour. Remarkably aromatic, smooth body, dry palate with hints of fresh citrus. Winner of Beer of the Year Award 2007. ABV 3.8%

Everards Tiger  A true award-winning best bitter with universal appeal. A classic example of getting the perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. ABV 4.2%

Okell's Dr.Okell IPA  An extremely light-coloured beer with a surprising full-bodied taste. The initial sweetness is offset by a very strong hopping rate, which gives an overall roundness with very spicy lemon notes. ABV 4.5%

Hook Norton Old Hooky  A beautifully balanced premium ale, fruity by nature, with a well-rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal malt. ABV 4.6%

Caledonian Ale Lang Syne  A deep amber beer, with a nutty aroma, spicy hop perfume and a hint of lingering malt to toast the haggis! ABV 4.5%

and from some of the best English Real Ale breweries....
from the Caledonian Brewing Company.....
Morland Old Speckled Hen  This ale is a finely balanced, deliciously smooth pale ale with a subtle blend of flavours.

Ossian  A pale golden coloured brew with a full bodies flavour and hoppy aroma. ABV 4.1%