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The Scran and Scallie Review

Visited June 2022

The Scran and Scallie

Opened in 2013 by award winning chef Tom Kitchin in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh, The Scran and Scallie is a neighbourhood pub with an established reputation for serving quality food. With positive recognition in the years since from all the major food guides, I was fully expectant of a decent meal as I visited for lunch on a sunny June Wednesday, with my wife, her parents and our two young children.

We were visiting Edinburgh for the day whilst on holiday in Scotland, and walked to the restaurant after visiting Edinburgh Castle in the morning. It's a fair old trek but perfectly manageable at a leisurely pace. The welcome on arrival was warm and professional, and you can just tell the staff here are well trained and all very pleasant. There's a fully functioning bar where you can just pop in for a pint, but naturally we were shown through to the main dining area which is a nicely finished space and perfect to enjoy a casual family friendly meal.

On offer at lunch is a full carte menu (plus a number of specials) and there's a separate two course children's menu too, which is always appreciated. The menus are written with some traditional (I assume) Scottish phrasing and the pricing is displayed in a slightly non-standard way; I guess upper class elitists may find that a bit jarring, but as a working class hero, it didn't bother me whatsoever. The wine list is fairly weighty and there's a good range of other drinks too, including a better than average non-alcoholic offering. I enjoyed a couple of my usual Hendrick's and tonics during the meal, my wife said her non-alcoholic cucumber mojito was very tasty, and likewise my daughter was suitably impressed with the strawberry lemonade.

Lunch for me began with the special of hot smoked salmon, served with scrambled egg and asparagus. It was a perfectly tasty dish; nothing complicated but a thoroughly decent plate of food. My wife opted for the goats cheese mousse and beetroot salad which was nicely balanced and another well executed dish. My wife's parents skipped having a starter on this occasion, but my son was very happy with his side of chips and my daughter enjoyed her burger and chips from the children's menu. Both the kids meals were delivered around the same time as the starters with no fuss.

The mains took a fair while to come out, and did arrive with a little bit of drama. My father in law had ordered the lamb shoulder special; I'd ordered the beef cheek from the main carte menu but we were both served the same lamb shoulder dish. I politely informed the waiter serving, and our original waitress (who I believe is one of the managers handily) was very apologetic and offered a free drink for the inconvenience; she also took my dessert off the bill later without request which I thought was more than fair. When it did eventually arrive, my beef cheek served with mash, pancetta and mushrooms was another very accomplished and tasty plate of food. My wife had spelt and lentil burger which was nice albeit not quite as impressive, my father-in-law did enjoy his lamb special and my mother-in-law happily tucked into a very interesting (and very nicely presented) take on ham, egg and chips.

With some impressive food up to this point, there was little chance of us leaving without dessert. I went for the strawberry parfait, served with fresh strawberries and sitting on a bed of granola. It was a pleasant dish, but the parfait was rather too solid for my liking (it required some fairly serious effort to cut through it with a spoon) and the flavour of it could have been taken up a few notches for me as well. My wife and father-in-law both had the chocolate tart and milk ice cream which again was perfectly edible, but not what I'd describe as a great tart. Our daughter though was perfectly happy with her chocolate brownie and ice cream from the children's menu, and our young son had no complaints with his scoop of ice cream.

Overall, this was an enjoyable lunch with good food and good service in a pleasant venue. Not all the food was great, there were some lapses in service and in terms of overall value, it's fairly expensive, but regardless it's still a very solid restaurant and one I'd happily return to in future.

Dress Code

None really, but I would make a little bit of an effort if booked in for dinner.

Top Tip

Child friendly. Decent non-alcoholic drink options.

Guide Ratings

I have no issue at all with the AA rosette; if all one rosette restaurants served food as good as this, the UK dining scene would be all the better for it. The Bib Gourmand I do have a little bit of an issue with; although the restaurant is fully worthy of Michelin recognition, I don't see how you could order three proper courses here for less than whatever Michelin deems good value nowadays.
Ratings Michelin Guide AA Guide Good Food Guide
At time of review Michelin Bib Gourmand AA Rosette 2
Our view Michelin Guide Listed AA Rosette 2

Group size: 4 adults & 2 children. Total bill: £175.