Susan Dalgety: Is it last orders for Scotland’s pub culture?

Susan has spent more time in the Jinglin' Geordie than she cares to remember. Picture: Greg Macvean
Susan has spent more time in the Jinglin' Geordie than she cares to remember. Picture: Greg Macvean
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One pub closes its doors permanently every week in Scotland, the Campaign for Real Ale has warned.

At that rate, Edinburgh will be bereft of pubs within a decade, which would be a disaster for weekend breakers, stag and hen dos, but would the rest of us notice?

When was the last time you were in pub? I used to frequent pubs with far more regularity than was necessary.

The Jinglin’ Geordie bar in Fleshmarket Close was my tavern of choice for years and I blush when I recall the amount of time, and money, I spent there.

These days I make an occasional foray to my local Wetherspoons, but for a breakfast meeting with a good friend and colleague, not a large vodka and diet coke.

When I do fancy a tipple, which is most days, I pour myself a glass of Spanish table wine from Lidl and settle down on the sofa.

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And when I want company, I invite friends round for a bite to eat, or go round to theirs. Pubs, once the centre of my life, are now a rare treat.

And I am not alone. Even millennials are abandoning their local for the nearest coffee shop.

It seems like we are all calling time on that most Scottish of institutions, the pub.