Smith & Gertrude
- Telephone 0131 629 6280
- Seasonal times Late opening during Edinburgh Festival.
- Bar open Tue–Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–8pm. Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Thu noon–11pm, Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–9pm. Closed Mon.
- Average price Wine flights £11.50; cheese and wine flights £16. (set lunch); £12.50 for one dish each from the cheese, charcuterie and bites menus; boards £9.50 to £16. (evening meal)
- Website www.smithandgertrude.com
Quality music, books, cheese, charcuterie and wine at this laid-back and informal reinvention of the contemporary wine bar.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Named after the junction of two Melbourne streets where married owners Duncan and Amy Findlater used to live, new Stockbridge wine bar Smith & Gertrude combines the well-travelled couple’s biggest loves – wine, cheese, music and books. It’s a homely, unpretentious space with a well-stocked bookcase for customer reading and a record player in the corner where customers are welcome to play music from a vinyl selection which includes Stevie Wonder and the National. The wine list is fat and chosen with discernment, the presence of a range of Cornish Camel Valley varieties emphasising how on-the-button their choices are, while the food choices extend only as far as cheese and charcuterie, but don’t suffer for it. Their meats are mainly Italian, with Peelham Farm’s Scottish chorizo and fennel-seasoned salami in the mix, while the fine cheeses include varieties from across Europe. Sharing boards, nibbles and Edward & Irwyn chocolates all feature, but the flights are a particular selling point – either trios of wines on their own for £11.50 or paired with cheese for £16.
- High point: Very pleasing combination of quality and homeliness
- Low point: Waiting for your turn on the record player
- Notable dish: Mixed board of cheese, charcuterie, bread, oatcakes, chutney and cornichons
- Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Customer's own selection on the record player
- Capacity: 47
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £20 per bottle