In praise of a very good butcher shop

I have been here before a bit but I really can’t get over how good and important this sort of thing is.

The butcher in Bruntsfield that is. It’s a topper of a shop with a prime position in the heart of Bruntsfield and has now been run for three generations by the Linton family. Angus and Bob are presently at the helm after their father finally stopped working aged 80, having worked fifty years in the business.

You really have to go and visit to see what I mean but this is a place of great entertainment with the wise cracking Angus and Bob. It’s just hugely refreshing to pop in and have a good old chin-wag. And many people indeed just do that from posties to professors to painters and punters and practical jokers and even the odd hotel porter.Yes odd.

Need a tonic or pick me up then this is the place to go. Angus always has a new joke in his pack. Last week’s one I really quite liked.

‘Did you hear about the prawn that went to a disco?’

‘It pulled a muscle’

Of course it’s the way you tell them and Angus can indeed tell them. But that made me laugh. Not for every one of course but I like this light headed stuff more than most conversation. It can get mighty crude at times but wasn’t old Chaucer a bit on the rude and crude side. What ho?!

Anyway I always let off a bit of steam here and come out feeling lighter and happier. A bit of a chortle is very good for the soul. I mean that’s why people go to stand-up shows I suppose. Although they are rarely very funny. At least that’s my experience.

No, far better to get down to the butchers or a similar such venue. It’s really rum stuff. And most underrated.

I love their daily routine when they knock on the wall to the bistrot next door at 2pm and suddenly a couple of pints appear! And also their Tuesday night club when they sit outside with Robbie the bistrot owner and put the world to right.

This is really all tip-top stuff. Good innocent down to earth chat with a lot of laughs. And there is not enough of this these days.

Yes, unfortunately there are very few places like this. I do know a very good butcher shop in Crail but alas the chat is below par. Shame.

But at least Penman’s is opening a shop in Anstruther. It means I can get my hands on a wonderful bridie in under 20 minutes if push comes to shove. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

However, sometimes even a Penman’s bridie is not enough to feed the old soul.

God get me a train and get me to Bruntsfield again.

A caddie’s lot

It’s remarkable all said what a caddie can earn up here in the Kingdom.

I bumped into a chum the other day who has just had a ripper of a season on the links at Kingsbarns. He said that he cleared 30k in six months.

Now that is not to be sniffed at. Ok, that’s six days a week slogging it out and two rounds most days. But it beats working for a living.

There really is a lot of money to be made in the old goff industry. Some of the most remunerated guys are the drivers who take groups around Scotland on their tours. It’s well known that they often make a grand a week in tips. Now that’s not too shabby.

I heard a good one the other day though. A concierge colleague was asked by a pal (an Old Course caddie) if he wanted a job at this year’s Dunhill for some American bloke. He declined for whatever reason and Paul got some guy from Anstruther to do it instead.

The American chappy turned out to be one of the founders of a search engine and he was obviously more than happy with his Ainster caddie as he gave him 7 grand at the end of the week as a tip.

That’s a very fair deal. And I’m sure it’s the talk of the East Neuk!

Now where is my caddie bib?