The most recent place to join the pack is Slighhouse , formerly Bar Kohl on George IV Bridge.
It’s a slick looking cocktail bar and restaurant which, apparently, takes much of its inspiration to Edinburgh-born James Hutton who, as we all know, was an 18th century thinker who is often called the father of modern geology.
According to the bar’s blurb, the premises doff their bunnet to Hutton in various ways ‘from the sandwich ply and angles in our woodwork mimicking sedimentary rocks and strata, to the specially commissioned art, and seasonal approach taken with our menus’.
The bar is named after Slighhouses, the Berwickshire farm which Hutton inherited.
The food menu is designed for sharing. Popular dishes include the house Scotch egg, salt cod dumplings, confit duck leg and hot wings.
To be honest, they had us when we first clapped eyes on the crispy pig’s ears with paprika.
The cocktails are fun. We liked the sound of the Brown Paper Buck – Buffalo Trace bourbon, Fever Tree Ginger Ale and plum bitters. Naturally, it is served in a brown paper bag with as straw.
The draft beer selection includes Camden Pale ale and Bearface Lager from Drygate.