While I was back in Edinburgh, I met up with some old friends who live in Stockbridge and treated ourselves to a little lunch at The Scran & Scallie Public House.
It’s founded by Tom Kitchin of the famous Michelin starred The Kitchin down in Leith, with the same philosophy of seasonal cooking that is responsibly sourced from farm to plate. Meat is sourced from George Bowers, a butcher-shop literally next door, and the rest comes fresh from the docks of Leith or nearby farms.
Walking in, especially when the fire place gets roaring, reminds me of the same comforting feeling I used to get running through the front door of my grandmother’s home as a child. The restaurant is clad in tartans, furs, exposed brick, and buttery leather. Nothing matches, yet everything somehow goes together just right.
Scran & Scallie is fine dining with none of the airs. It’s proudly family friendly, giving the kids an have a play area to romp around in, and the servers never hesitate to banter. The menu proclaims ‘Sit ye doon yer welcome!’ in bold type, and is divided between categories like ‘yer mains’ and ‘bits & bobs‘. It’s all very fun and friendly, and represents perhaps the epitome of Scottishness.
The food, of course, is delicious. Hearty, fresh, and keeping with the seasons. I went for the three course set lunch menu, which started with a bowl of pumpkin soup and warm bread.
This was followed by partridge with buttery mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, homemade crisps, and a good drizzling of gravy.
My lunch was finished off with a berry crumble, which at this point was shared by everyone as I was so stuffed.
My friends both got the classic burger. They are incredibly picky about their burgers, and genuinely will not order burgers anywhere aside from Scran & Scallie.
The only downside to Scran & Scallie is that the main dining room fills up without fail, sometimes even days in advance. If you don’t have a reservation there’s always space in the bar, though. It’s a bit rowdier in the evenings, but that’s all part of the fun, right?
If you haven’t been, or if you’re visiting Edinburgh, make sure you put Scran & Scallie on your list of places to go. It is on the pricer side, but nothing that will break the bank, especially if you go for lunch rather than dinner. Every week they also do what I think is one of the best Sunday Roasts in town, which is an experience in itself and always worth the little splurge.