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….

Website www.enrootcollective.com
Instagram enroot_collective
Twitter we_are_enroot



Edinburgh dining summer 2015photo credit: Ben Carpenter

At the turn of the year we were inundated with ‘food trend’ articles, what we should and shouldn’t be eating, what’s cool to eat this year, what isn’t, where we should be seen drinking the latest artisan gin and which artisan tonic we should be mixing it with.

Food trends and predictions come at us from every direction, some are informative, some make us think, some are intriguing and some make us book the next big thing pronto in case we’re ‘missing out’ .

Thanks to Burger Meats Bun

There are more independent burger joints springing up every week, craft beer is still on the rise, Mexican tacos are making a comeback, in fact they’re already back. ‘Ugly’ vegetables such as celeriac and kohlrabi are becoming ‘cheffy’, bone broth is the latest on trend ingredient, big named chefs are opening more casual and fast food outlets, and if your venison hasn’t been smoked then why are you eating it?

Want broccoflower (broccoli crossed with cauliflower)? You can have it! Want more condiments? You may have them! The idea of more ‘on table’ accessories to customize your meal is about to hit the UK, big time. Good old salt and pepper, and red and brown sauce are about to be joined by mustards, dips, dressings, purees, flavoured salts and seasonings. You will be spoilt for choice.

So, are you bothered if you’re on trend or not when it comes to food and drink? Well, to a certain extent you should be as these trends will have an impact on your Edinburgh dining opportunities for the rest of this year, and next year, and the year after that. We have already witnessed the street food revolution in our capital city and this will continue to thrive during the summer months in particular when more of us will attempt to dine al fresco in between the rain showers.

edinburgh diningLondon ‘pop-up with a Scottish twist’ Dram & Smoke will be setting up shop during the festival. Expect scran, bevvy and general ‘flumgummerie’* gin cocktails, single malts, and a weird and wonderful location. Edinburgh based Jelly & Gin will continue to present us with exciting dining experiences, if you managed to get along to ‘Watch & Wolf’ late last year you will know what to expect. Eating isn’t enough any more, multi sensory gastronomy is where it’s at.

© 2015 Jacek Hübner (www.jacekhubner.com)The Secret Herb Garden is hosting a series of ‘full moon’ dinners that continue until late October. You can enjoy foraged, fresh and local produce matched with natural wines in their beautiful glasshouses under the light of a full moon. Now that’s something you can’t do every day.

Timberyard continues to be an absolute must visit for locals and tourists alike. With an 8 course tasting menu featuring delights such as smoked beef, sea buckthorn, artichoke, truffle, mallard, wild leek, smoked lobster, elderberry, spelt, they are producing some amazing dishes and are really ahead of the game when it comes to Edinburgh dining. And don’t just visit for the food either, while you’re there you can enjoy some of the finest cocktails in town in an urban warehouse that wouldn’t be out of place in Shoreditch, East London.

There is no doubt that many of these trends come north following success in London but that’s OK, as long as we get them eventually. London is a food and drink hub with a huge population who continually demand more so they tend to develop the trends that we then find out about.

When the trends head north they tend to be exclusive, in a kind of secret society type way, you think you’re the only one who knows about something when in reality you’re not. But that doesn’t matter, you should just feel lucky that we are enjoying a buzzing food scene, with so much choice it’s hard to know where to go first. Make a ‘to do’ list, tick it off, then make another one because one thing you can be certain of is that there will be more new and exciting places to eat and drink next month that you didn’t know about.

We can guide you in your choices sure, but don’t let us tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Get out there and make your own minds up. Remember, you, the customer set the trends, not the food critics or the journalists or the food bloggers or me.

*hijinks, tomfoolery, antics, you get the gist


An abbreviated version can be found online HERE




Just spotted this new film on the Apple Trailers site and thought it  was definitely one to share. In a similar vein to the brilliant Netflix series ‘Chef’s Table‘ it looks into the subject of steak in great detail. A lovely bit of film making from Director Franck Ribière it  features exclusive conversations with chefs, farmers, butchers, steakhouse owners, journalists and experts about the many variables that affect the quality of our meat. Continue reading


image001Really want to go out to eat but
a) don’t have the energy
b) no babysitter
c) would have to get changed from your joggers and hoodie (depending on restaurant of choice….)
d) can’t drag yourself away from the last series of Game of Thrones so eating on sofa is the only option….

If any of those apply then click on Deliveroo and let the food come to you… Oh yes sofa surfers, this is probably the best thing that has happened all year (for you!). Continue reading


Read our review of VDeep, a brand new curry-and-craft-beer restaurant on Edinburgh’s Henderson Street, brought to you by Scottish celebrity Hardeep Singh Kohli. Sit underneath the disco ball, and don’t leave without trying the dhal makhani…

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in a nutshell

An Edinburgh go-to for sharing plates of great curry matched with craft beer. Energetic, a slightly mad front man, a disco ball and strictly no mango chutney.

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who’s cooking? 

Chef Spencer Barrie previously of The Kenmore Hotel.

menu know-how

The menu is a one pager with all the comedy puns you’d expect from celebrity owner, Scottish writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli. Bubble & Sikh (spiced potato cake with seasonal greens) and a Full Indian to name a couple…. read more at Olivemagazine.com

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The full review of VDeep Edinburgh was written for OLIVE magazine and appears online HERE

Photos courtesy of Mymonkfish and Paul Johnston at Copper Mango.