The thing I really enjoy about the Festival in Edinburgh is how much is changes each year, whether that be the shows, the venues used, or the food and drink offering. That’s why it has been pretty disappointing to see very similar offerings in George and St Andrew Square, this year, as well as the unwelcome return of the dreadful “renaissance village” shitpitteria next to Teviot.
The most vibrant and quirky new venue I’ve found so far is Bootleggers at Jericho House. Formerly a soup kitchen, it has been given a quick tidy-up then a manicured re-messing, with bales and straw giving the place a down-home feel.
There’s a stage that will feature a diverse programme of shows across the month, with the place open from 11am until 3am each day.
The first thing to note is their excellent drinks list, with a top-notch spirit selection and cracking beer list. I sampled the remarkably fresh Schofferhofer grapefruit wheat beer (£4.50) on my first brief visit. It will be a popular choice with visitors as it’s fantastically drinkable.
The next time I popped in for a spot of lunch. Their focus is on filling, informal fare. They have Union of Genius soup, a range of hotdogs including vegan options and a 7.1m Scoville chilli dog challenge, mac n cheese, gelato and various other whatnots.
I opted for their mac n cheese which the friendly counter man scooted off to prepare to order. It was soon with me served in a good-sized takeout box.
It proved a decently satisfying eat. The sauce was cheesy and well-seasoned and just when things started to feel a little one-note, texture wise, I found some tortilla chips buried towards the bottom. This was a little unexpected but worked pretty well, rounding out the dish in good style.
So overall, I really enjoyed my visits to Bootleggers. I look forward to many future visits throughout the month, particularly to sample from their really impressive drinks list. Maybe next time I’ll give something from their cocktail range a go. Make sure to visit soon.