Causwayside is not an area of Edinburgh I’ve visited much but we were called to try a new pie and mash bar and I go where the food is!
Scotch Hop is a traditional pub which has installed a pie and mash bar serving gourmet pies. Inspired by the pie and mash bars in London, Kenny the owner decided Edinburgh deserved its own version, and so it came to be. For £7.95 you can choose from one of their gourmet pies (more about those in a moment), your chosen flavour of mash, and a side.
Now back to those pies. The menu includes chicken, beef, and vegetarian pies. I had the ‘Free Ranger’; British ham hock, leek and thyme. My dining partner had ‘Chicken of Aragon’; free range chicken and smoked bacon. Both pies were spot on, large and packed generously with chicken. When I go back I’d like to try the ‘Moo’; British beef steak in a rich ale gravy. The vegetarian ‘Wild Shroom’ also sounds good; mushroom and asparagus in a white wine sauce.
Mash options include garlic and cheese. Mushy peas, beans, peas and chutneys make up the sides.
You can sit in and enjoy your pie and mash with a pint, Scotch Hop also has a range of craft beers and beers from around the world.
Or you can take away, and I think this is where it gets quite interesting – at £7.95 for a complete meal, it could become a British alternative to Friday night Chinese or Indian takeaway.
Location: Causewayside, Edinburgh
Price: Pie, mash, and a side £7.95