While Edinburgh’s selection of pubs for a decent pint is boastful, a small pub in Costorphine took an award for The Best Pint In Scotland. Located on 20 Kirk Loan, Winstons is a second-time winner for this accolade: the pub was also crowned in 2019 for its satisfying pints from the Scottish Licensed Trade News (SLTN) awards. And they also finished third in 2021, so it’s still good going!
So, what makes for a good pint? The criteria for the best pint in Scotland was well-rounded: while beer quality obviously matters, so does the cleanliness of a pub’s cellar, the quality of lines, the correct glassware, head retention and service. Many other factors supposedly went into the judging of various pints, and Winstons Vitamin T pint, that’s what they call a pint of Tennent’s, seemed a clear winner amongst the ranks this year.
What is more, the local boozer scored five out of five stars for the Beer and Cask mark quality competitions, so no wonder owner Ian Hewitt was ‘chuffed to bits’ upon hearing the news.
Winstons is a much-loved free house in Costorphine, where many locals have pledged their loyalty to for years. Their selection of local spirits and beers is generous, and the service has also been recalled as ‘friendly and welcoming’ by visitors. And even better, you can grab a pint there for £4.50!