Andy Gemmell’s Drinks Cabinet
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