The various Edinburgh Festivals are in full swing; the city’s population has doubled and the entire place is buzzing.
Take up today’s Big Deal and you can soak up the atmosphere over a leisurely lunch at the recently launched Innis & Gunn pop-up bar at 32 Potterrow.
A hop, skip and a jump from the Gilded Balloon, Assembly George Square and the Underbelly, the Innis & Gunn bar is right in the heart of the festival action – perfect for a spot of lunch in between shows.
Available noon-4pm, Mon-Fri this brilliant offer is for two, or four, people to each have a main course and a bottle of Innis & Gunn Original or Blonde beer. If you prefer something fruity, there is the option to have a summery bottle of the Melville’s Strawberry or Raspberry beer.
A great collection of gourmet bar classics, the menu at Innis & Gunn has a strong Scottish accent. Think along the lines of haggis, neeps and tatties or steamed Scottish salmon with ginger, coriander and chilli.
Many of the dishes use Innis & Gunn’s unique oak-aged beer. The fish and chips are made with Innis & Gunn Blonde beer batter while the steak pie features diced rump steak, slow cooked in an Innis & Gunn reduction.
There is even the option to have Scottish mussels cooked in an Innis & Gunn sauce as well as in the more conventional white wine.
Alternatively, try one of the six chunky burgers. We like the sound of the venison burger which is flavoured with herbs and juniper berries then topped with buffalo mozzarella and plum tomato chutney. Naturally, it comes with fries.
Oak aged beer
Innis & Gunn are Edinburgh-based brewers and their beers are all aged in oak barrels that were previously used to store whisky, rum or bourbon.
The process adds delicious notes of toffee, vanilla and oak to the beer. From extensive personal experience, this Big Deal writer can happily recommend Innis & Gunn beers. The pop-up bar is pretty darn funky as well. All in all, this is a sweet offer which could enhance anyone’s day at the festival.