The Fat Pony
- Telephone 0131 229 5770
- Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 4pm–midnight; Fri & Sat noon–1am.
- Bar open Sun–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri/Sat 4pm–1am
- Food served Mon–Sun 4pm–10pm
- Average price £18 (evening meal)
- Website www.thefatpony.com
Laid-back wine bar offering charcuterie and IJ Mellis cheese platters, as well as small plates and an ever-changing beer and cocktail list.
A welcome addition to largely loveless Bread Street, The Fat Pony is a relaxed setting for exploring an innovative selection of wines and cocktails. The modern décor is saved from austerity by colourful bar stools and little kitsch ponies, subtly mounted. Service is helpful and efficient and reasonable prices (from £2.75 a glass) mean you can roam freely throughout the quirky wine list, lovingly researched by David Ramsden (who also owns The Dogs on Hanover Street). Try an orange wine (closer to sherry) or a sweet one, sample biodynamic production or a grape you’ve never heard of, or sip a herb-infused Bloody Mary whilst grazing on decent charcuterie, some Mellis cheese or a tasty small plate such as pork and duck gyoza, all made in the downstairs kitchen with careful attention to detail.
- High point: A great wine adventure
- Low point: No saucisson in the charcuterie
- Notable dish: Ham hough terrine, pickles
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Retro French rock and Indie
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 22
- House wine: £17 per bottle