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In one small section of the valley of Clausen can be found three pubs which are somewhat different from the standard Luxembourg café/bar. These are the Britannia (English), Ecosse (Scottish) and the Pyg (Irish). In the case of the former, it shows it’s nationality very openly, being laid out and decorated like a typical English pub, and serving the usual range of beers and ciders that one can find in any bar in England, and the customers are in the main British ex-pats who go to take part in the English language quiz or one of their poker nights (the Britannia has poker tables and has caught on early doors to the Texas Hold Em craze that has swept the British Isles), or even just people who fancy something a little bit different. English is by some distance the dominant language in this venue, and sports fans are catered for by virtue of the big screens in the corners of the bar. An interesting feature is the large windows, not dissimilar to those in the Interview, which on a warm day can lend the pub a beer-garden feel slightly tempered by the proximity to the road. Atmospherically, the Britannia only really gets going for a sporting event or when it’s full, but for a couple of quiet drinks it’s perfectly ok, and the posters warning customers to be vigilant against thieves are a pleasingly idiosyncratic touch.

 

Ecosse is branded as the only authentic Scottish pub in Luxembourg, and it is hard to dispute or corroborate this: unlike the Irish, Scottish pubs are not a global industry, and the only things that mark Ecosse as particularly Scottish are posters advertising beer and the Highlands. This is not intended as criticism, and the place has a pleasant atmosphere slightly at odds with its cave-like interior. It also boasts a terrace by the river that could be pleasant on a summer evening, although the flies that congregate around the water are likely to be irritating. As with other international bars, Ecosse serves draught cider and Guinness, and the clientele are of mixed nationalities, with French and English being the most widely spoken languages. The pub shows live sport and sticks to the trusted formula that makes other international bars in Luxembourg successful, with the proviso that it doesn’t offer anything different to anywhere else, not least the Pyg, the venerable Irish pub situated just across the river. While the clientele in the Pyg are noticeably more diverse than those in Ecosse or the Britannia, many Irish people frequent this establishment, and the most common language to be heard is English spoken in a variety of Irish accents. The pub is small and simply decorated, but the atmosphere is good and the staff are friendly and helpful, and it is by no means the worst place to watch sport, with three large screens affording a good view from anywhere in the bar. Unlike Irish pubs in other places, the Pyg avoids too much arch plastic paddywhackery and is the richer for it.

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