The Scran & Scallie in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge was high on my wish list of restaurants to visit in 2015 and this month I finally made it! Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack are chefs well-known for their fine dining menus but at The Scran & Scallie they’ve teamed up to provide a more casual eating out experience while still focussing on locally sourced, quality ingredients.

The restaurant only take reservations on half of their tables and when I called to book a few days in advance, there were none available. Bummer! So we decided to take a chance and arrive at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon, in the hope that choosing a time in between lunch and dinner would mean we’d get a table. Thankfully, the ploy worked and they were able to accommodate my husband and I with only a ten minute wait. This gave us time to get a drink at the bar. I was super impressed by the enthusiastic barman who suggested I try a Rock Rose gin with tonic and some toasted rosemary. This particular combination is easily in my top three gins! Mr GvF was delighted to see a great selection of ales available by the bottle and on tap.Delicious Rock Rose gin

We headed through to our table in the dining room and poured over the menu which had a range of poshed-up pub classics like sausage and mash, as well as more unusual dishes like roasted quail. My dining partner started with Beef Tartare and Bone Marrow Toast. The tartare was served with an egg yolk on top and I knew it must have been good due to the lack of conversation as he tucked in!

Beef Tartar

I enjoyed some of the fresh complimentary bread and held out for my main of Monkfish with Pancetta and Puy Lentils. Mr GvF went for one of the specials for his main which was Squid Ink Pasta with Seafood. We were both chuffed with our mains, the monkfish was cooked to perfection and the impressive jet black pasta was packed with loads of tasty seafood.

Monkfish

Squid ink pasta

Regular readers will know that I find it very difficult to pass up a dessert and this was no exception! I chose a rich chocolate brownie served in a skillet with popcorn and the creamiest of ice-cream!

Chocolate brownie

We had two courses each as well as a good few drinks and the bill came in at roughly £80. I loved the relaxed atmosphere in The Scran & Scallie and it was great to see young families out enjoying a meal together (there is even a small playroom for kids). The service was excellent, both in the restaurant and the bar and the ‘From Nature to Plate” ethos really came through in the quality of ingredients and the flavours. I would highly recommend checking out ‘The Scran & Scallie’ next time you’re in Stockbridge.