The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn

The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn
81–83 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AW
  • Telephone 0131 228 6392
  • Seasonal times Opening late during the festival and at Christmas.
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 9am–1am, Sat/Sun 10am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–10pm, Sat/Sun 10am–10pm
  • Average price £14 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
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Innis & Gunn's own brewery bar brings fine food as well as a slew of good beers to Lothian Road.

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Conceived and run by Edinburgh’s Innis & Gunn craft brewery, the Beer Kitchen is following in the footsteps of competitors like Brewdog in delivering a barfront focal point for the brand. Yet amidst the rapidly gentrifying bar scene on Lothian Road, it doesn’t overdo the hard sell; while the Beer Kitchen offers beer tasting sessions, beer flights and growlers to take away as well as offsales (there are 120 beers on their menu in total), the focus seems to be on the experience as a whole. Amidst a fashionable assemblage of bare brick walls, snug booths and a more open area by the bar for lingering barflies, visitors will find a strong wine list, a modest range of classic cocktails and a quality food menu. The emphasis is on meat, but not overpoweringly so - the dinner menu features a range of steaks and a beef curry or a pulled pork belly smoked with Innis & Gunn Original, while a caesar salad with breaded monkfish scampi in place of chicken and a plate of smoked root vegetables with bulgur wheat and beetroot dressing also feature.

  • High point: Emphasises the 'kitchen' part of its name as much as the beer.
  • Low point: Lothian Road's still not the most fashionable neck of the woods.
  • Notable dish: Innis & Gunn Original beer beef curry, steamed jasmine rice, raita and peshwari naan.
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Acoustic afternoon on the last Sunday of every month.
  • Capacity: 120
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

The Beer Kitchen by Innis & Gunn

11 Sep 2015

Innis & Gunn's foray into brew-pubbing proves successful

Lothian Road’s transformation — from crapulent crawl destination to craft beer central — continues, with Edinburgh-based brewer Innis & Gunn’s first foray into brew-pubbing sitting neatly between The Red Squirrel and the Hanging Bat, in more ways than…