Finally we managed to get ourselves along to The Beer Kitchen on Lothian Road. After reading and hearing about others visits we thought we would sneak in for some food after we had visited foodies Christmas market. For those of you who don’t know, The Beer Kitchen is the first offering from Innis & Gunn. Their beers are now available around the world. The Beer Kitchen has been open since before the festival but it was only now we were heading along.
We were surprised to find they had space for us and almost ran to our table. The interior is fresh and well thought out. We liked being able to see the beer being piped to the bar and the layout meant diners weren’t sharing space with those just in for a drink or two.
The lunch menu has a number of appealing options and as we were still fighting off the dreaded lurgy we opted to have a sandwich with extra chips.
I’m not quite sure what we were expecting from our sandwiches of pulled ham hock and fish fingers but we were certainly very pleased to see what arrived. Mr E quickly admitted he had never had a fish finger sandwich. The poor boy has had a sheltered life. That was all about to change. Except the fish finger sandwich was literally a massive bit of fish sandwiched between two slices of chargrilled bread.
Both sandwiches were tasty. My ham hock was well cooked was the right combination of salty and sweet. Jonathan’s fish was fresh and crispy. It was a sizable piece of fish and much more than we had expected. The chips were so good they could almost be eaten on their own. Big, chunky, fluffy chips was exactly what we needed to help us fit the lurgy. The service was pretty quick and friendly. The list of beers is fantastic and there are more than just Innis & Gunn beers on the menu. The menu is full of tasty dishes which would work well with beer, don’t expect fine dining but tasty gastropub food. The only thing I didn’t like was the side of average salad. I had expected something a little more exciting.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will be planning on visiting again to sample what’s on the dinner menu. If you’re planning on heading at the weekend for food we’d highly recommend booking.
The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn | 81-83 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AW | 0131 228 6392