Edinburgh’s Indigo Yard opened in 1996 and, over the last 21 years, it has never been slow when it comes to keeping up with current trends.
From brewery-fresh Staropramen, straight from the tank, to fashionable spit roast chicken, the West End veteran remains as relevant today as when it launched, way back in the Britpop era.
Part of the award-winning Montpeliers group, Indigo Yard is a welcoming bar and restaurant on Charlotte Lane, just off Queensferry Road.
As well as a covered outside terrace, it has a light and airy bar, cosy mezzanine and a dining area with comfortable booth seating.
Up-cycled and reclaimed materials give it all an enjoyably rustic edge but, underneath the stripped walls and wooden boards, this is a sleek, professional operation.
Spit roast chicken
Free-range chicken, marinated overnight and then spit-roasted until crispy skinned, crops up in several different forms.
It is in the house soup, the Caesar salad and the Moroccan cous cous.
Of course, it is also available in whole, half, leg and breast portions.
Add in a dollop of chipotle mayo or chimichurri; select a couple of sides – we recommend the twice-cooked chips plus the beetroot, feta and chicory salad – and you have a simple but delicious dinner.
Of course, there is much more to the menu that our old pals chuck and cluck.
There is also an innovative list of wraps, sandwiches and salads plus fish options such as the roast salmon with asparagus risotto or the crayfish fettuccine.
<Indig Yard champiojns Scottish produce
Indigo Yard flies the flag for Scottish produce in dishes like the Orkney beef burger or the macaroni made with Scottish crab and crayfish.
Sunday roasts, boozy brunches and a range of porchetta pig choices complete an appetising menu.
We mentioned the Staropramen tank beer. Indigo Yard also goes big on craft beers from Scotland and further afield.
In fact, they sell some 26 draught beers and 24 different bottled beers. And don’t get us started on the cocktails.
5pm Dining deals from Indigo Yard
You don’t have to take our word for it. Book into Indigo Yard with 5pm Dining and you can enjoy some great offers seven days a week.
For example, £15 will buy you two courses from the lunch menu along with a glass of house wine, beer or glass of Prosecco.
In the evening, two courses from the dinner menu plus a drink will set each diner back £20.