Never heard of it? Well, the Scottish Stores is the original name for what was until recently The Flying Scotsman – y’know, the longstanding strip joint with the darkened facade at the foot of Caledonian Road.
Its recent history swept aside, the pub has been, er, stripped back to its 1901 look, when it was designed by the architects Wylson and Long, with every detail restored, given its Grade II-listed status. “English Heritage have already visited us,” says manager Ian Collins proudly, “and are overjoyed at the results.”Unsurprisingly, the pub, which reopened yesterday, is now a craft and cask ale specialist with seven taps, one cider and six specialist craft beers, including local brewery Hammerton, Camden Town and Dark Star. “In addition, we’ve covered all bases with standard ranges too,” says Ian.
Oh, and it’s just booze for now – not really a problem with the wealth of eateries nearby – but a food offering will be added in the new year.