Stac Polly launches new Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar in Edinburgh’s New Town

Established Edinburgh restaurant Stac Polly has undergone a major refurbishment on its Dublin Street ground floor, creating a new Scottish-style brasserie, gin and wine bar.  Another great new restaurant launch to look forward to this week but in the meantime, here’s a sneaky peek!

newly refurbished Stac Polly, Dublin Street

newly refurbished Stac Polly, Dublin Street

The brasserie’s modern-Scottish lunch menu is divided into sections for meat, fish, vegetarian and sharing platters each comprising three options.  Post-lunch a menu of smaller dishes and snacks is available from mid-afternoon and throughout the evening.

A selection of Scottish and London gins are served simply allowing their unique botanical flavours to take centre stage.  Two signature cocktails have been developed – an Edinburgh Raspberry Gin Fizz served with seasonal home-made syrups, and a classic Gin Martini made with Noilly Prat and a lime twist.

Owner Roger Coulthard commented:  “Having operated successfully in Dublin Street for many years, we felt that the time was now right to move forward with an investment programme that would allow us to provide an enhanced environment and an even better set of offerings for new and loyal customers alike.”

Bon Appetit at Stac Polly Brasserie

Bon Appetit at Stac Polly Brasserie

The lunch menu focuses on seasonal, Scottish ingredients from local suppliers and includes: roasted wild pigeon breast with Stornoway black pudding, beetroot glaze and carrot slaw; poached mussels, white wine, cream, parsley and lemon; roasted aubergine tarte tatin with melted goats’ cheese, winter leaves and tomato coulis; and a sharing plate of vodka-cured sea trout, beetroot and dill cured salmon, mackerel mousse, smoked salmon with salad leaves and tartare dressing.

Brunch will be offered on Sundays – designed to be enjoyed with the Sunday papers and a Bloody Mary.

Now that's the way to do breakfast!

Now that’s the way to do breakfast!

Skilled French chef Stanilas André, who has been working at Stac Polly for fourteen years, devised the new menu to include produce from his own allotment.

Stan commented:  “I have always had a great passion for growing my own fruit and veg, and to be able to put them to such good use in our restaurant kitchens is especially rewarding.”

The bespoke zinc-finished bar serves a carefully selected, limited range of premium gins, beers and wines.   Scottish gins including Caorunn, Edinburgh Gin, The Botanist, Hendricks and Blackwoods, as well as London gins Tanqueray Ten, Sipsmith, and Martin Miller reinforce this uncomplicated approach.  Blackwoods Scottish vodka is available for non-gin-lovers.

With differing flavours, the gins represent subtle variations in their botanical composition.  These flavours may be further enhanced by the addition garnishes including cucumber, ginger, nutmeg, raspberries, strawberries, oranges, lemons and limes and Fever Tree mixers.

Stac Polly, Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar

Stac Polly, Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar

The beer options include a small selection from Scotland and continental Europe.

The brasserie, gin and wine bar were developed in early 2013 using designs from commercial interiors company Four-by-Two.  With Farrow and Ball paint, rich oak flooring and butcher’s block tables, the space retains a sense of Scottish heritage whilst skilfully conveying a feeling of modernity.  A huge photograph of the eponymous Stac Polly takes pride of place next to an exposed stone wall; and humorous but apposite touches include antler statues in the windows and ox horns on the mantelpiece.  The bigger of the two dining spaces is enhanced by seven original ceiling roses, each displaying large light shades of varying colours of Bute tweed.

Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar

Stac Polly Brasserie, Gin & Wine Bar

The original restaurant in the basement has retained its overall look and feel which is popular with visitors from abroad seeking a traditional venue.  However, the space has been given a small make-over with new seat furnishings and curtains in heritage tweed.

Stac Polly Dublin Street is open 7 days a week from 12pm until midnight. Lunch is served Monday to Saturday from 12-2pm.  Brunch is served from 12.30-3pm on Sundays.

 Stac Polly 29-33 Dublin Street Edinburgh EH3 6NL Tel. 0131 5562231

Stac Polly (or Pollaidh) is a mountain in the North West Highlands of Scotland that is famed for its majestic beauty.  The peak displays a rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone, with many pinnacles and steep gullies.  Due to its relatively low height of just over 2000 feet, fine views and ease of access from a road it has become a very popular peak to climb.

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