It’s with a slightly heavy heart that I write this feature, St Andrews Brewing Co is a brand new craft beer bar and restaurant on Potter Row. Previously it had been The Potting Shed, somewhere I’d always planned to go, but never quite got around to it. Oh well, I guess I can’t have missed much if they are no longer…
I was very pleasantly surprised by St Andrews Brewing Co, we rocked up on a Friday night after a very busy week at work, we’d been on a course and quite frankly were channeling Father Jack “Drink, drink!”
Thankfully drink arrived in the form of a cocktail and a craft beer, don’t ask me which ones, all I can remember is that they hit the spot and brought us back from the brink enough to choose some sustenance from the menu.
We ordered fried things. I politely request you do not judge us, it was very much required!
We started with deep fried cheese. The oozey triangles of Crispy Goats Cheese were served with pickled beetroot and red amaranth leaves, a mere nod to healthier times. It was nice, and it did the job.
Where the goats cheese laid down the baton, the Haggis Bons Bons, picked it up and kept on running. Also deep fried (this is Scotland, people!), these balls of meaty goodness were slumbering on a celeriac slaw and a posh sounding red currant and gooseberry preserve. They had been arranged in an interesting fashion, I’ll let your childish imagination decide if it was meant or just an accident. It amused us anyway. It was a large portion which was very welcome…ahem.
Not content with deep fried cheese and deep fried haggis, I went for the triple and had deep fried North Sea Haddock. Did I regret it? Absolutely not. One of the best fish & chips I’ve had in Edinburgh. Go judge it for yourself (Jolly Botanist and King’s Wark also up there on the fish and chip leaderboard).
My friend had The BrewCo Burger which was the perfect accompaniment to the beer – topped with Emmental cheese, streaky bacon and served with fries and coleslaw.
It’s not often I pass up dessert but after three plates of fried food even I had to concede that I was done!
A nice place to hang out of a weekend, the vibe is a mix between studenty and hipster, though there we some folk a bit older. Food is good and wouldn’t hesitate to stop by again if in need of some comfort food.
St Andrews Brewing Co.
Location: 32-34 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT
Good for: Good quality casual food and craft beer