Dram & Smoke take over Leith’s Biscuit Factory
Food specialists Dram & Smoke have a pretty tasty deal for this year’s Fringe festival goers
This article is from 2016.
During August, Edinburgh ups its food game to get people through hours of viewing back-to-back shows. Whether it's grabbing a burger in George Square gardens, tasting all sorts of weird and wonderful street foods or participating in a show by eating a three course meal (thanks to Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience), hunger ain’t a thing during the Fringe.
What is new this year, however, is a pop-up restaurant at The Biscuit Factory for the entire month of August.
Transformed into an arts and fashion hub in just April last year, the renovated Biscuit Factory is still a newbie to the goings-on of the Edinburgh Festival. With several performance spaces nestled in beside a community of creatives, the factory (which stood derelict for eight years) is sure to be a much-desired venue for the festival in years to come. This August, the entire top floor has been snapped up by hospitality professionals Dram & Smoke, who are converting the space into a restaurant for dinner and ‘general flumgummerie’.
Edinburgh born and bred, Paul Ross and Nick Fulton started Dram & Smoke with a focus on celebrating Scottish produce. For the past couple of years, the duo have hosted several events down south in a range of quirky venues from steelyards to leather tanneries, feeding hoards of hungry foodies. With a series of successful pop-ups down south, they have decided to bring their expertise back up to their home country to be part of the world’s largest arts festival.
So what can ticket holders expect? Table plans will be drawn up around large communal tables so diners can all get stuck in for a feast. Four courses championing the best of Scottish produce will be served up from an open kitchen alongside plenty of wine, beer and gin and whisky cocktails (including Old Fashioneds on tap, guys). Making use of the talented acts in town for the festival, there will also be live music every night.
Although the main dinners will take place from Wed–Sun at 7pm, Dram & Smoke have other things in the pipeline, including meet-the-supplier events and daytime sessions at the weekends because, hair of the dog and all.
The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh, Fri 5–Sun 28 Aug. Tickets on sale now.