UK pubs large and small make your list of places to head for this New Year’s Eve. And whether it’s for the beer, the music or the fireworks, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome
For the quality of the beer and the fact you can pile out of the pub and see the fireworks from the castle at midnight, it has to be the Hanging Bat in Edinburgh. The pub has six cask and 14 keg lines and serves “flights” of beer, so you can sample five different ales (from £11.50) to find the one you like the best! But, if I couldn’t be in Edinburgh, the best alternative would be in Louth, Lincolnshire, at The Wheatsheaf (62 Westgate, 01507 606262). It’s a Grade II-listed building, which dates from the 18th century, and has cosy snugs, a roaring fire, a fine selection of real ales and a convivial atmosphere.