Category Archives: out of the kitchen


The Bonnie Badger in a nutshell

Bonnie BadgerThe latest opening from chef Tom Kitchin of The Kitchin, Castle Terrace and Scran & Scallie. The Bonnie Badger is his first opening outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful village of Gullane, East Lothian – home to golf, seaside towns, and glorious sandy beaches. Previously the Golf Inn, the building has been lovingly restored and brought back to life. The restaurant with rooms has brought with it excellent cooking and the level of service expected from the acclaimed chef.

Who’s cooking?

Matthew Budge, previously of Dakota. He spent six months working within the Kitchin Group before the Bonnie Badger opened, where he now heads up the kitchen. Also in the team are pastry chefs from Castle Terrace and The Kitchin.

What’s the vibe?

Open plan and a double-height ceiling with original exposed beams make the dining room a fabulous space. With seating on the ground floor and at a mezzanine level there’s a buzzy feel akin to one of Tom’s city restaurants. …….


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The Bonnie Badger, Main Street, Gullane, EH31 2AB

Photography thanks to The Bonnie Badger.




Following numerous sold out London projects, Dram & Smoke is heading north of the border for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe; taking over a former Biscuit Factory for all of August.

Dishes that champion the best of Scottish produce are served up family-style from an open kitchen alongside well-sourced wine, Scottish beer, Naked Grouse whisky cocktails and a solid playlist. The house party vibe is helped along with bar games and live music performances plus the fully-stocked bar stays open late. Continue reading



Very excited to report that Enroot will be serving dinner during August at a ‘pop-up’ location on Holyrood Road

If you’ve not heard of them yet then listen up….

This past Spring, a group of chefs, artists, and activists dedicated to sustaining small scale farming in the U.K., came together to form the Enroot Collective. Enroot is a traveling, grassroots venture that hosts farmtotable events in collaboration with local farmers and businesses alike. The Enroot team strongly believes that there is an ever increasing disconnect, between the food people eat and the farmers who produce it. Enroot’s goal is to bridge this widening gap between producers and consumers by removing the barriers separating them. The Enroot team has just concluded a two month trip across the UK visiting various dairy, arable and pastoral farms, filming a minidocumentary and culminating their research with a series of dinners held on farmland, out in the field.

During the month of August, Enroot have already hosted events at Cockburn Farm in Balerno, a former dairy farm, and next weekend will be hosting events at Henderson’s new Cafe & Deli on Holyrood Road. The team will provide food that has been carefully sourced from local farms located near the outskirts of Edinburgh with an emphasis on a few struggling dairy farms that are left, in an effort to produce a menu that reflects seasonal produce.

Guests at the events will enjoy not only their locally conscious menu, but will also enjoy the company of farmers, fishermen, butchers, chefs, and various other tradesmen that Enroot have invited to eat and speak to a community of people who may not have been given an opportunity for open dialogue regarding the plight of British farming as it stands today.

The Enroot collective was cofounded by Edinburgh born Angus Buchanan Smith and his good friend DeVonn Francis. The two met at The Cooper Union College in New York and both have deep ties to food and farming. Angus grew up on Cockburn Farm Dairy, located just outside Edinburgh. He was deeply affected by the closure of the Dairy in 2003, due to collapse of the dairy market in the UK. He has since become and advocate for small-scale famring along with his brother Charlie. DeVonn grew up working in his father’s restaurant and is a chef who will be crafting Enroot’s menus for the dinners.

This weekend find Enroot at:

Henderson’s Cafe and Deli
67 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Google map link HERE

August 21st, 22nd and 23rd – tickets HERE

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And for all the social stuff you can find them….

Instagram enroot_collective
Twitter we_are_enroot



east neuk of fife – food heaven? OH YES!

We are just this second back from a long weekend to the East Neuk of Fife – the weather was its usual unpredictable self….sunny one day, force 10 gale and rain the next. Typical Scotland. It was good to get out of the city for a few days and explore our lovely coastline and now we can tell you a little bit about what we got up to and what we ate. Come on, it wouldn’t be a holiday if there wasn’t food involved.

So, on the subject of Fife, here’s what you can get up to in the space of a few days come rain or shine!

Balgove Larder Steak Barn
We’d never visited Balgove Larder before so this was our opportunity. Just minutes away from centre of St Andrews this brilliant farm shop, butchery and cafe gives high fives all round to the amazing produce that Fife (and beyond) has to offer. But….on top of that….they’ve just opened the Steak Barn which just so happens to be the coolest barn in Scotland. Take a peak…
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The barn – potato boxes stacked high to make walls, communal tables,  industrial lighting, candles and blankets. OK, there’s not much comfort or central heating here and plenty of fresh air gaps in the walls to boot, but hey, wrap up, you’ll be fine.

The food – you’re eating some of the finest produce in Scotland, Balgove’s own steaks, hung for at least 28 days. Burgers and sausages made on site in the butchery. Everything is cooked to order and you can top up with twice fried chips, beer battered onion rings and rinse it all down with a pint of local beer.

Open April-October.
01334 898145

– The Night Market, St Andrews
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Now we’ve introduced you to the Steak Barn you might be interested in this…The Night Market in the barn kicks off on Wednesday 13th May.

The five monthly markets will take place throughout the summer and include live music, work from local craftspeople, fresh food and drink from Balgove Larder and a selection of other producers.  This will be served up with beer on tap from local brewers, Eden Mill

The dates for the markets are:
·      13 May – The launch of the new night markets will see the return of the top producers, favourite Balgove nibbles as well as new food and drink.
·      10 June – This market has a summer barbequing theme with an emphasis on al fresco eating.
·      8 July – As St Andrews gears up for the British Open, there’s a golf theme to this market with book signings from Oliver Horowitz New York Times bestseller An American Caddie in St Andrews alongside signings of new children’s book Little Tommy Morris by author Roger McStravick, and illustrator, Maria Amelia Randall.
·      5 August – This market provides the opportunity to meet a series of talented local chefs (something about tasting the chef’s creations as well?)
·      16 September – An autumnal market featuring speciality local beers.

Loads more info on the Night Market facebook page and also on the Balgove Larder website, see links below.

Steak Barn, Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, KY16 9SF.
Twitter: @nightmarketsa

The Lobster Store, Crail
If you don’t already know about this little gem you do now. Only open at weekends in late Spring but weekday opening during the summer you are promised the freshest crustacean the East Neuk of Fife has to offer. Lobsters caught that day are cooked to order for the small matter of £11 each. Grab a bag of chips from the chippie up the road, a bottle of fizz if you’re in the mood and snuggle up on the nearby beach for one of the finest picnics ever! #tasteofscotland

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Fife Farmers Market
Don’t go all the way up to St Andrews without sampling the Fife Farmers Market. Check the website for times and locations here We sampled a couple of things but the Arbroath Smokies were the stand out, melt in your mouth. Iain R Spink is your man.

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And yes, it was sunny some of the time we were in the East Neuk of Fife but just to prove our earlier point regarding the unpredictable climate then this was what it was like on Sunday….seriously!
St Andrew's, FifeTakes you right back to those childhood memories of picnics in the car with a flask of tea. You know when you say you’ll never turn into your parents….#that !!


the Scratch Series Edinburgh, pop ups

The scratch series pop ups!

Pop ups? Scratch Series?? If you don’t know what we’re talking about then chances are you’ve not been to The Scratch Series yet….don’t panic! There’s still time!! This is probably the BEST dining experience we’ve had in a long long time so we thought it only fair to share it with you, our dear Monkfish readers.

Where to start? Tricky one… seem appropriate, scroll down, get hungry, be very impressed, read a little more text then find links at the bottom to BOOK YOUR PLACE before The Scratch Series leaves sunny Edinburgh at the end of March.

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The Scratch Series is the brain child of these two gentlemen. AKA Ben Reade and David Crabtree-Logan who are taking over Iglu, Jamaica Street, Edinburgh until the end of March 2015. They have known each other for over 15 years and check out where they’ve worked….River Cottage, Nordic Food Lab, The Kitchin, Helen Brownings, Beast….there are plenty more…

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Yes, they’re as mad as they look…

Say Ben and David….’For four months, this omnivorous pop-up dining experience is offering food like nothing Edinburgh has seen before. The Scratch Series is founded on direct relationships with the growers, farmers, fishermen and foragers of our region- and our desire to weave the narrative of our lives through the dishes we cook and serve. We will bring you seven course suppers of refined, whimsical, thought-provoking- and above all, delicious food.  The menu will be a constantly evolving story, starting with the last of autumns bounty, preserved into the long, cold days of winter and emerging into the first green shoots of spring. We seek to surprise and delight you with a true feast.’

The pop ups have been running since the end of last year and if our visit is anything to go by you will not be disappointed. The level of cooking and innovation is seriously seriously good. We felt like we were party to a secret dinner, it’s a very intimate dining space, you get friendly with your neighbours and you eat the BEST food you’ll probably have eaten in Scotland (and beyond).

A true feast hosted by two grown men who make you laugh, fill your bellies, entertain you from front of house and the kitchen, feed you stories and leave you wanting more.

Apparently, that might be on the cards if their latest blog post is anything to go by. The Scratch Series may be coming to an end in it’s current locale but watch this space…..

So, pretty sure you’ll be wanting to book….if you’ve not clicked one of the links above then here’s what you need to know…

Supper is served at 7pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. It is a fixed menu costing 45 pounds for seven courses, with a generous bonus of teasers and treats. Seating is family-style, talking to strangers is encouraged.

Booking Inquiries:
07939 975 836

Upstairs at Iglu
2B Jamaica Street