Edinburgh’s Stockbridge will see its choice of restaurants broaden today as The Pantry opens on North West Circus Place.
A farm shop, cafe and restaurant, it specialises in locally sourced products. The shop bit of the business sells local fish, meat, fruit and veg as well as pre-prepped meals from The Pantry’s kitchen. Typical products are the free-range pork from Liddesdale, vegetables from suppliers such as East Coast Organics and a specially created apple and sea buckthorn presse from Cuddybridge.
Head chef Ian Henderson has spent over 15 years spent working in restaurants across Europe. His travels included a year in Spain working at some of the top Michelin starred restaurants such as ABaC in Barcelona. At The Pantry, the menus will change each week, reflecting seasonal change and availability.
In the opening week, visitors will be able to enjoy dishes like the Arbroath smokie kedgeree with soft quail’s egg or pulled pork cheek with grain mustard, apple sauce and shredded celeriac. The underlying ethos of the menu is that each dish features a star ingredient that can be traced back to a local Scottish producer. Sample breakfast and brunch menus are here.
Once fully up and running, the kitchen will be open from 8.30 serving breakfasts, lunch, cakes and coffees, with light bites and one-pot-wonders available in the evening till 9pm. The shop will also be open from 8.30 till 9pm too, offering diners the opportunity to purchase ingredients they have enjoyed in the kitchen.