Not just a pub. If you’re in need of a wee refreshment on a hot summer day – yes we do have them – then try out the Jinglin’ Geordie public house in Fleshmarket Close, just off the High Street.
Within staggering distance of Waverly Station, this historic drinking establishment was for decades a bolthole for journalists working at Scotsman publications – responsible for the historic Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News newspapers.
The newspapers offices moved in the late 1990’s and the building was turned into the Scotsman Hotel, but you can still spot the now closed backdoorway, opposite the Jinglin Geordie, where generations of reporters and photographers slipped out for a little light refreshment after “putting the paper to bed”.
But Jinglin Geordie, the man himself, was George Heriot a 16thC goldsmith who left money in his will to build George Heriot’s School situated on Lauriston Place. Now fee paying it was established to provide education for orphans of local merchants in the city.
The school is not generally open to the public, although if you get the chance have a look for the historic stonemasons marks.