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January 30, 2020

Spatch, the fried chicken restaurant which launched on Hunter Square a couple of years back, has flown the coop.

In its place is new arrival The Piper's Rest. Main pic is from their Facebook.

It is billed as a beer bar but it looks as though a lot of effort has gone into the food menu with local sourcing from producers such as The Buffalo Farm at Auchtertool.

You could start your day with porridge from Scott's or tackle the Pipe Major's Breakfast - back bacon, pork link, haggis, Lorne sausage, Stornoway black pudding - deep breath - grilled tomato, Portobello mushroom, tattie scone, beans, two fried eggs and sourdough toast. Yours for £12.95.

Breakfast is served from 10am to midday during the week and until a hangover-friendly 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Much of the menu will appeal directly to the large numbers of visitors who come to Edinburgh to explore the Old Town.

Naturally, there is haggis along with other Scottish dishes such as Cullen skink, stovies and Clan Mac and cheese.

Freedom Fries

One of the burgers is called the Frying Scotsman and options also include Freedom Fries and onion girders with Irn Bru mayo.

There is even a Declaration chicken and, just in case you hadn't realised you were in a Scottish bar, an exact replica of the Arbroath Declaration of Independence hangs on the wall.

Personally, your blogger thinks that putting deep-fried Mars bar on the dessert list sends the wrong message about Scottish food but I'm sure they'll sell a fair few.

Of course, they will be showing all the sporting action on the big screen including the Six Nations matches. Not only will there be free pies at half time but customers are also promised a free pint if Scotland win.

Interestingly, The Piper's Rest will have live music seven nights a week.