Last night saw the press launch of The Scran & Scallie, the latest venture from the Michelin-starred team behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace restaurants. A gastro pub, the business is at 1 Comely Bank Road in the former San Marco Restaurant premises in Stockbridge.
The Scran & Scallie opens officially on Sunday 31st March when visitors can look forward to Scottish beers and freshly prepared food rooted in Scottish culinary traditions.
Classic Scottish dishes
Chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack have come together to create menus which combine modern dishes with forgotten classics such as sheep’s heid scotch broth; The Scran & Scallie’s traditional fish pie; tripe & ox tongue and a seasonal ‘crumble of the day’.
The blog applauds their daring in putting tongue and tripe on the menu but wonders how long it might be before it is replaced by something a little less challenging.
Ales from local brewers such as the Harviestoun Brewery, Fyne Ales, Williams Bros. Brewing Co., Isle of Skye Brewery, Stewarts Brewery and The Highland Brewing Co will all be available.
While Chefs Kitchin and Jack have starry CVs, The Scran & Scallie aims to be more of an everyday, affordable pub serving its Stockbridge neighbours.
Each element of the gastro pub has been carefully planned to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The pub incorporates many of the old features of the building alongside modern Scottish flourishes and a hint of Scandinavian influences.
The walls are adorned with old Scottish recipes and menus which have been sourced from the National Library of Scotland. The recipes and archives epitomise the menus created at The Scran & Scallie, which aim to revive and modernise many forgotten classic Scottish recipes and cooking techniques.
Tom Kitchin said: ‘A lot of hard work and planning has gone into creating what we feel is the perfect local pub with dining. Developing the new menus has been a lot of fun and Chef Dominic and I have loved discovering and recreating some traditional, classic Scottish dishes. To see everything come to life is incredible.
The Scran & Scallie is open seven days a week serving from 10am until late. The pub will offer lunch, snacks and evening menus as well as brunch at the weekends.
They can be contacted on 0131 332 6281 or scranandscallie.com