Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub. Richard ventured over to the north west tip of the Meadows to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Denise Garland, a New Zealander who's travelling the world.

Name: Denise Garland

Age: 30

Bar: Cloisters

Background: Born in Wellington, New Zealand. Educated in Christchurch and at Victoria University of Wellington from where she graduated in Media Studies and Journalism. Worked at Radio New Zealand for eight years before moving to Edinburgh six months ago to start exploring the world.

Ambition: To travel the world.

Favourite Drink: North End Iron Sands Oat Rye Stout. (You'll probably have to go to NZ for it!)


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