We walked to The Scran and Scallie from Edinburgh Waverley. It was a lovely day, so we took our time, even stopping at the iconic Circus Lane on the way. Walking without interruptions, I’d say it’s around a 20 minute walk. Inverleith Park is just a few minutes from The Scran and Scallie perfect for pre or post meal walkies.
The Scran and Scallie has occupied a place high on my wishlist for a long time. I couldn’t wait to try it out, however being on the pricey side meant waiting for a celebration. My Mums birthday was just the ticket, and we visited last week. Did it live up to the hype? Lets find out.
I visited The Scran and Scallie as part of a group of 3, plus one dog in May 2018. I personally had: Starter (£12.50), Main Course (19.50), Dessert (£8) and a cocktail (£11).
- Dog Friendly: 9/10
- Food/Drinks: 10/10
- Comfort/Design: 8.5/10
- Free Wifi: Yes
- Service: 8/10
- Value For Money: 8/10 (On the expensive side but justified with the quality of food).
- Blog On A Dog Approval Score: 9/10
The Scran and Scallie is a gastropub in Stockbridge, a very dog friendly suburb (just ask Eddie) close to the centre of Edinburgh. It is well known for having a Michelin starred chef, Tom Kitchin at its helm, and in 2017 received a Bib Gourmand from The Michelin Guide. The vibe very much is great food in a relaxed setting, explicitly stating on their website that there is no dress code, and families and dogs are very welcome.
Dog Friendly Score
There is no designated dog friendly section in the Scran and Scallie, they are welcome everywhere. Except, I hope, for the kitchen. We were offered a water bowl straight away, but when they saw I had bought Audreys own bowl they quickly whisked it away and filled it up. Some reviews mention a lack of space between tables, which can be tricky when with a dog. I’m happy to say we experienced no issue with this, and had plenty of space in and around our table for Audrey. There was one other dog there when we visited, and I overheard 2 separate tables pointing the dogs out, not previously having realised it’s a dog friendly place, happy that they can bring their dog next time.
Food and Drinks at Scran and Scallie
I will admit to studying the menu in advance of our visit! Oftentimes, you build a place up in your head and then it doesn’t live up to expectations. Not the case here, my lofty expectations for the food were exceeded. All three of us felt the same way, it was an excellent meal. The bar menu is extensive, with lots of beer and cocktail options. It’s worth noting that the cheapest bottle of wine is £25.
My standout dish believe it or not was the simple asparagus I chose for my starter. I had somewhat tentatively decided on this, as paying £12 for asparagus is not the life I live! All I will say is that thanks to the Scran and Scallie a life of asparagus disappointment awaits. That may be the best I’ll ever eat in my life. We were off to a fine start. Don’t look now if you’re hungry.
I had chosen my main course before we even arrived. Quick tip, if you’re on Instagram, put the name of the restaurant into the search places option, it’s a great way to research. Ever since I laid eyes on this dish, I knew it was the one. Even though I knew what to expect, it still makes you gasp when it comes. I can’t imagine what it must be like if you didn’t know beforehand it comes like this. This is no ordinary ham, egg and chips! It was delicious, but rich, and there was no way I could finish it. Luckily, I had a keen helper waiting under the table for some ham.
If any of you know me well, you will know that I could never eat at a place like this and not have dessert, I don’t care how full I am. And this was a celebration after all. You can also be sure that if any of the desserts have custard and cream together, that’s the one I’ll choose. Add in coffee and I was in heaven. The custard is hiding under the crunchy creme brûlée like top. Just a fabulous finish to our meal. I’m very happy to give the Scran & Scallie 10/10 for food.
Service & Wifi
Fitting in with the the relaxed vibe here, the service was not at all stuffy. Our waiter was attentive without being annoying. A slight grumble was being asked to wait in the bar when we arrived. We were indeed early, so of course we expected to have to wait. However, literally 30 seconds after we had sat down and got us and Audrey sorted we were taken to our table in the restaurant. This was a bit grating, it would have been much easier to just ask us to wait and say it’s going to be 1 minute, rather than watch us find a table and get settled.
The Wifi was excellent, perfect for taking snaps of the glorious food and immediately posting on social media to make your friends jealous! Or, if you’re like me, pictures of your dog.
Final Thoughts on The Scran & Scallie
Having left our booking late, we took a 5pm slot that was available. That’s why the restaurant looks empty in these photos, after 10 minutes most tables were occupied and there was a nice ambience. It is very popular, so booking ahead is essential. The tables in the bar can’t be reserved, so you can always try your luck. But, the bar area in my opinion is nowhere near as nice an experience as the restaurant.
My feelings are that the Scran and Scallie could well become my go to place for a celebratory meal. The vibe was so chilled and relaxed, yet the food was divine. My perfect combination.
I am very excited that Tom Kitchin has recently purchased a hotel and restaurant in Gullane, which is just down the road from us in North Berwick. He is currently refurbishing it, but we have our fingers and paws crossed that it too will be dog friendly.
The Scran and Scallie, 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1DT.
Telephone: 0131 332 6281