The Fat Pony
I’ve been a big fan of The Dogs for many a year so it was splendid news to hear that owner David Ramsden had secured another premises after a fair old time looking for a second site.
Of course, The Dogs empire once extended to four places before a retrenchment was followed by a period of consolidation in the main site.
This time, Ramsden’s choice has been to open a wine bar with the historically tricky location of Bread Street chosen for the venture.
With a refit by local design experts Splintr completed to allow a mid July opening things are on track for a busy Festival season in this venue-laden part of town.
I popped in on a bright Monday evening and found the place pleasantly populated. There were a steady stream of inquisitive visitor with many a well-known face popping in for their first look at the place.
I took up station at the bar where I was splendidly catered for throughout my stay.
Their kitchen is not large so the small plates menu has been developed to focus on dishes that are largely prepped in advance.
I settled upon three dishes: the beetroot gazpacho, the duck heart tartare and the rabbit and black pudding terrine.
The chilled soup was first up and was absolutely outstanding. It had a beautiful balance of flavours with the beetroot’s earthy sweetness deftly tempered. It rightly joins the soupy immortals as a Soupquest exceptional.
The flavour-packed terrine was very good and the heart tartare another dish of excellent quality.
Accompanying these delights were some well chosen wines with a satisfying Syrah followed by a full-bodied brute of a Colheita.
So overall, it was really pleasing to find The Fat Pony on suxh fine form from the outset. The wine list probably has some maturing to do as the place beds in but the food offering is bang on. Make sure to visit soon.
Blythe scores The Fat Pony
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: beetroot gazpacho, duck heart tartare, rabbit and black pudding terrine
I drank: Syrah d’Ogier, Herdad das Servas Colheita
I wore: red trousers
Total bill: £27.20
Address: Bread Street, Edinburgh