Andy Gem­mell’s Drinks Cab­i­net

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Food And Drink - Scotts Port Edgar Ma­rina South Queens­ferry

What is it? This is the new­est ad­di­tion to the award-win­ning Buz­zworks group and their third Scotts bar and restau­rant. Lo­cated in a boat shed­like row of build­ings in the re­cently re­gen­er­ated Port Edgar Ma­rina, the en­tire frontage is a wall of win­dows with stun­ning views. In­side this vast space, the stylish decor and lay­out cre­ate an in­ti­mate feel, us­ing nat­u­ral, au­then­tic and re­claimed ma­te­ri­als.

In­ter­est­ing fact: Hus­band and wife team Rus­sell and Cara Aitken took over the run­ning of Port Edgar ma­rina from the city coun­cil in 2014 with a vi­sion of turn­ing the wa­ter­front into a “fam­i­lyfriendly leisure des­ti­na­tion”. As well as new shops and of course Scotts, it is home to one of Scot­land’s largest sail­ing schools where you can learn to sail, kayak and pad­dle­board.

Ver­dict: I’ve been to all the Buz­zworks venues but this feels like a real state­ment. Maybe it’s the fact it’s their first place to open in the east or that the venue it­self is dif­fer­ent from their usual re­fur­bish­ments but ei­ther way, the care and at­ten­tion put into this place shows they mean busi­ness. It feels spe­cial – per­haps that’s be­cause it’s new al­though know­ing the own­ers and their pas­sion and drive, I would say this is a real jewel in the crown for the group.

Drink: As much thought goes into the drinks of­fer as the food across all Buz­zworks venues. Group bar man­ager, David Howie, has put to­gether a great range of beer, wine and spir­its. There’s also a fine cock­tails menu that I’m sure tourists and lo­cals will en­joy sip­ping while tak­ing in the views. I would rec­om­mend the In Bloom, with gin, el­der­flower, le­mon juice, egg white and cel­ery bit­ters.

Food: Ex­ten­sive break­fast, lunch and din­ner menus, with an ob­vi­ous but not over­bear­ing fo­cus on fish. I very much en­joyed my half lob­ster with gar­lic and herb but­ter, wa­ter­cress and thick-cut chips for £20.95 from the lunch menu.

Prices: In keep­ing with the other venues in the area.

Chil­dren: More than wel­come

Per­fect for: A wee day trip with the fam­ily to a beau­ti­ful part of the east coast.

Avoid if: You just aren’t into stun­ning views with good food and drink.

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Tourists and lo­cals will en­joy sip­ping from the fine cock­tails menu while tak­ing in the views

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