Royal Oak

imageWell this is a long time coming. The Royal Oak has been an institution since 60s but this is my first visit.

Renowned for it’s live music Michael Marra’s ” Hermless “was coming over the speaker and I reckoned that that was trying to tell me something about what the place stood for. Folk music is a  tree with many branches but to me is best when it is about the trials and tribulations of life. White blues.

On the walls are a few quotes of literary sayings. One is from Burns: ” For a’that an’ a’ that, It’s comin’ yet for a’ that, That man to man the  world o’er, Shall brothers be for a’ that.

Made me think about the situation in the Middle East and Syria in particular and thought that maybe we shouldn’t be holding our breath.

The password for wi-fi is scallywag and a couple of worthies came in for a pint.

I had a pint of Game Bird from fairly new brewery in the Borders. Very nice.

Overall impression is that it is unpretentious and couthy.  Scottish then?