George Street, arguably the core of Edinburgh's New Town, has plenty to offer the shopper, but for the most part those seeking a pub have to move one street south to Rose Street. The most striking exception to this is The Standing Order.
This is housed in the magnificent building that used to house a branch of the Bank of Scotland. It was converted by JD Wetherspoon into a pub in 1997 and is truly huge in size. The main bar area is large enough to swallow most pubs whole, but there are also a number of other rooms which lead off it. It is, reputedly, still home to the 30 tonne safe used when it served as a bank and simply too large to move when the bank left.
The bar occupies one whole side of the main room. The opposite side of the main room is home to a raised seating area, and to bookshelves whose books can, for a small contribution to charity, be borrowed and read at home.
The Standing Order serves the full range of food and drink you'd expect in a Wetherspoon pub, and at Wetherspoon (i.e. low) prices. The selection of real ales has seen the Standing Order feature in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide and malt whiskies, cocktails, wines, lagers and bottled beers are also available. Breakfast is served through the morning, with the main menu operating from lunch until late evening.
The tried and tested Wetherspoons formula ensures that the Standing Order is extremely popular with everyone from locals and local office workers to students, tourists, shoppers and business people.