Ma Cameron's: a novel choice

Novelist Stuart MacBride included Ma Cameron's in a passage in Cold Granite, a fast-paced detective yarn in which DS Logan McRae calls by for a drink.

Meanwhile, the locals will tell you tales of a mysterious dark figure said to haunt the building. It all adds to the wood-panelled atmosphere of this venerable institution - an All Bar None Gold Award winner - which attracts a broad range of happy customers.

There's a popular Monday-night quiz with a £25 food voucher first prize and frequently live music at weekends. Through the year, you should look out for special nights on occasions such as Hallowe'en. Children are welcome until 9pm and, if you're planning a party, you should talk to them about reserving one of the pub's many distinct areas.

The ten HD televisions and one giant screen show rugby, football and boxing from two Sky boxes.