Thursday, 19 March 2015

A change of scene for Inspector Rebus?

So Gail and I travelled down to Nottingham (again), on Sunday, this time by train.

As usual, we broke the journey in Edinburgh, where Gail decided we'd go for a nice lunch rather than our customary leg stretch around Arthur's Seat.

Earlier Googling for dog friendly pubs not too far from Waverley Station had indicated the Cambridge Bar on Young Street might be worth a try.

The sign on the door said 'Dugs Welcome' and so I led the way in.

Oh isn't it brilliant when a place not just lives up to but exceeds one's expectations!

No soon as I'd trotted through the door than the young barman and barmaid came rushing to greet me.

"Oh isn't he gorgeous!  What's his name? Bertie? Would Bertie like to sit here? Shall we bring him a bowl of water? Is he allowed treats? Aw, I love his fuzzy face. Just like a teddy bear. Where does he like to be scratched? Oh don't worry about him jumping up, we don't mind at all".

And so it went on. Yummy treats for me and a 'designer burger' for Gail, who said it was fortunate there weren't too many other customers, as they might have felt a bit neglected, not to mention concerned about food hygiene standards. Personally I didn't see that as a problem.

After a most pleasant lunch hour, Gail extracted me from the cuddles of a second barmaid and we headed out again. Just down the street we spotted the Oxford Bar, which fans of Ian Rankin's crime novels will recognise as the favourite haunt of Inspector Rebus.

In my opinion, Rebus has been missing a trick all these years, ignoring the wee gem of a pub just a few paces along the road.

P.S. from Gail: for those of you concerned about Human Granny, Bertie will be posting an update shortly. Meanwhile, rest assured she is doing OK. 


  1. We think it sounds like a gem of a pub, too. Great customer service.

  2. Wow that sure was a hostelry that lived up to it's claim of being dog friendly. Wish there were more like that one across the country. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Bertie
    Now that is royal treatment for sure! A compliment the very minute you walk in the door of an pub is important!! Ohhh and barmaid hugs too. You must have been about to burst with excitement. There are a few outside cafes w outside dining here where pups are allowed. Mom says the pups are usually better behaved than little 2 leggers too
    Looking forward to an update on Human Gma
    hugs to you and Gail
    Madi your bfff

  4. now that is how all establishments should be - they knew doggie royalty when it entered and treated you accordingly - better make sure to visit there often :)

  5. Hari OM
    My Bertie lad, but you two do travel in style, eh? Stopovers mid-journey and that too, in cuddle parlours!!!

    As Gail noted over at my place today, I totally understand what it is to be moving from place to place due to care of elders... but it is worth it and things will settle down - eventually. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. I luffs pub visiting Bertie!
    Did you have a pint of Heavy?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  7. I'm with you, there is no problem with that food hygiene thingy while petting a dog :o) Probably John Rebus had no dog... but if, I bet you could meet him in that bar :o)
    easy rider

  8. How Wonderful..... we would LOVE to be allowed INSIDE a Peep Restaurant.... Not allowed in this CRAZY country. We are Thrilled that YOU found a grrrreat Pub fur your dining pleasure.

  9. Wow, what a fangtastic place! I'm glad you got to enjoy the treatment you so richly deserve.

  10. Finally! A place that knows the right way to treat a doggie!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Bertie - Did you get a pint of heavy ? Pork scratchings ? At least you got a bowl of water.

  12. Dat sounds like a pawsome place!

  13. Thinkin here...we need to move back to our homeland...can't go in side anywhere over here! Bet that was awesome being the center of attention!

    The Mad Scots

  14. That sounds like a truly pawesome pub :) Milo & Jet

  15. O..M..D....That sounds like a wonderful place to relax and unwind during your travels!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  16. All establishments should be dog friendly. What a wonderful world it would be!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  17. Crikey Bertie ..... Dogs in Pubs!! That's what Mum loved most about England. Way to go, mate!! Ummmmmmmm!! Sorry ..... but I have to tell you ..... Mum's been positively drooling over that rear end shot. According to her there's no better sight than the rear end of a WFT!!!

  18. Bewtie!
    Wemebew me???? It's Asta sneaking on to the bloggie fow a second. So vewy happy to heaw that you had the expewience you shoold aways have in a pub. Finally some love and wespct fow a sweet fuwwkid. Inspecow Webus shoold cewtainly change whewe he goes fow is pint.

    I send you love and smoochie kisses fwom faw aay Boo da Pest
    Muwahhhhhh, Asta

    1. Hey Asta!!! Great to hear from you. Sending lots of love and cuddles over to you and your wonderful Mommi and Daddi in far away Boo da Pest. (Gail is going cycling in Croatia at Easter, so she will be a little bit nearer to Hungary for a week).
      Toodle pip!

  19. Whats not to love about you huh Bertie. Thats how my guy should be treated.