November 2, 2017 Cheese, Stockbridge, wine bar No Comments

Cowan & Sons

I visited Maxi’s on Raeburn Place a while back and was impressed. It continues to be a very popular spot with the Stockbridge daytime crowd.

Exterior signage

It has recently undergone a refurb and rebrand. It is now trading as Cowan and Sons although it remains in the same ownership as before.

The interior has been stripped back to reveal the amazing tiling from its previous existence as a fishmonger. The seating is a good bit smarter than before, too. It’s a lovely space and they’ve done good things with it.


In addition, they now open as a wine bar style place until 10pm, Thursday to Sunday. I stopped in on a quiet Sunday evening to check it out.

The menu has cheese and charcuterie sharing platters to the fore. This is augmented by just a few other bits and pieces including raclette served in the traditional way atop tatties. This sounded good to me so I ordered it alongside a fairly standard glass of red.

It arrived looking monstrously good. It would have done very nicely as a sharing dish for around 3-4 people. I tucked in.


Topped with piquant cornichons and featuring lovely pickled onions, this was a heartily satisfying eat. I enjoyed it.

So overall, Cowan and Sons looks to be on continued good form. I’m not sure they have quite got their evening offering right yet, but there’s time to grow from their fundamentally good approach. Give it a try when you’re looking for somewhere to spend a relaxed evening with pals.

Blythe scores Cowan & Sons
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20

I ate: raclette savoire

I drank: red

I wore: blue

Total bill: £13.50

Address: 33 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HX

Written by BKR