scran and scallie, edinburgh, review 

The Scran and Scallie is gastro pub in the heart of Stockbridge who focus on their ethos of ‘from nature to plate’ the setting littered with little snippets of information about where their ingredients have come from.

The concept was the brainchild of renowned chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack and is run by head chef James Chapman.

Ostensibly “pub grub”, the Scran and Scallie promises to offer up elevated classic dishes that we all know and love.

We headed down on a Sunday in the hope of getting a roast, however, they only offer one type of roast each week so you’ve gotta hope it’s the one you like (which for me, it wasn’t!). Slightly saddened, but not in any way lacking other choices, we set about thoroughly reading their extensive menu in Scots’ language. ‘Yer Mains’ ranged from a vegetarian risotto to ham, eggs and chips; I settled for the burger while my other half opted for the steak pie.

The interior is really sleek with a homely feel, lots of natural textures and tartan.

After ordering, we were brought some delicious bread and butter to snack on while we waited.

Both our meals came out looking very impressive – the steak pie in particular looked amazing with a bone marrow pie funnel.

Our opinions on the chips differed – my boyfriend loved them, I only thought they were okay; they could have been better.

The burger was massive with a large beef patty, lettuce, tomato, gherkin, a pickled onion and cheese stacked high on the plate in a sesame bun. The pickled onion was so, so good. The burger was good, the meat was evidently of high quality but it was a little on the dry side.

The steak pie was a very generous portion and my boyfriend really enjoyed it. He did say that he’s had better before. The glaze on the pastry was impressive!

I don’t know if our hopes were maybe a little too high for the Scran and Scallie, given the reputation and stock of the chefs but we were a little disappointed. The service, however, was excellent and all the staff were impeccable. I wouldn’t rule out a revisit but, with so much other choice out there, I would be more inclined to try elsewhere first.

Have you been to the Scran and Scallie? What did you think?

the wee food blogger 💛

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