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March 25, 2016
Craig Wood is launching a second branch of The Wee Restaurantin Edinburgh city centre.
Craig Wood is launching a second branch of The Wee Restaurant in Edinburgh city centre.

Want to try some new Edinburgh bars and restaurants? We got ’em. Say ‘Howdie’ to Jessie Mays, Sasso, The Wee Restaurant and Badger & Co.

It has been a busy few days for revamps, relaunches and new openings in Edinburgh. Over the last few days, we have blogged about the stunning refurbishment of Malmaison in Leith; the launch of Belted burger restaurant; Tony Singh’s new residency at the Apex Hotel; the imminent arrival of the Boardwalk Beach Club and the appearance of Eden’s Kitchen on Broughton Street.

As it turns out, we have barely scratched the surface.

Modern Italian

Other newcomers include Jessie Mays, a new bar kitchen on Gorgie Road, and Sasso which bills itself as a modern Italian. The latter replaces The Peacock Inn on Lyndsay Road in Newhaven.

We can also bring you news of The Wee Restaurant which, after ten years in North Queensferry, is expanding to open a second branch on Frederick Street in the capital.

Along with his wife Vikki, chef Craig Wood has set up the new restaurant in the former Fleur de Sel creperie.

Craig will continue to look after the Fife restaurant while Michael Innes will head up the kitchen in Edinburgh.

Michelin stars

They’re both chefs with some serious names on their CVs. Craig has worked with Martin Wishart while Michael played an important role in El Celler de Can Roca, the Spanish restaurant with three Michelin stars to its name.

The new Edinburgh venture is scheduled to open on Thursday 7 April.

Feel the wind

Finally, we will mention Badger & Co, an imminent new bar and kitchen on Castle Street.

The premises were once home to Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows, and judging from their PR, the place will be themed around the children’s novel.

We’re sketchy on details ahead of the launch which is planned for Monday 11th April. However, we understand that there will be cocktails, a sunken garden, a private dining room and a food offering which, among other items, will include four different savoury pies and one sweet pie every day.