Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Edinburgh St James, the city’s largest development in a generation with a new 1.7 million sq ft masterplan in urban placemaking, has secured Bonnie & Wild, a new concept food hall focused on Scottish produce.
The project is headed up by Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon, founders of Scottish restaurant group Mac & Wild, who have venues dotted around London. Located at the heart of Edinburgh St James, Bonnie & Wild will cover 16,700 sq. ft. and will be the largest single food and beverage site in Scotland.
Across the concessions there will be 5 retail offerings; 8 food stalls including Mac & Wild, a variety of artisan butchers, fishmongers, grocers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers and bakeries. The drinks offering will be similarly expansive with 3 unique bars serving an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic craft Scottish products. Bonnie & Wild will run a rotating events program taking advantage of its “demo kitchen” and adjoining events space. A children’s creche and play area is located near the entrance for the convenience of young families, making this exciting project fun and accessible for all.
It's hard not to get excited about this project as Bonnie & Wild, centred on level four of the development, will demonstrate the very best of Scottish produce and hospitality, while also delivering a uniquely theatrical experience. Visitors and foodies alike will surely flock to this Scottish food paradise to taste flights of whisky, see salmon carved in front of their eyes and more! There's even talk of a fresh milk dispenser being made available where you can take your own bottle to be filled!
As a Scottish brand that is known and respected on the London food scene, Mac & Wild’s desire to bring their unique artisanal concept to Edinburgh St James is great news for the development and the city itself.
Taste Magazine caught up with Andy Waugh at Bonnie & Wild
TM: What can we expect to see from Bonnie & Wild?
AW: I come from a family of butchers that have exported Scottish wild meats for many years. It's perceived as being 'best in class'. I started Mac & Wild with the aim of bringing the very best Scottish produce and Venison to those that haven't had the opportunity to experience it. Mac & Wild restaurants celebrates the story behind the scenes. We look at the whole process, the people, the farms and the breeds, a true "from field to plate" narrative. Mac & Wild is just one part of the concept that is Bonnie & Wild, which aims to champion Scottish produce and inspire generations with access to the natural, high quality standards available from Scotland produce.
TM: What does it mean to open the business here in Edinburgh?
AW: Edinburgh is just the perfect place to put Bonnie & Wild onto a pedestal to make a song and dance about Scottish produce. The city itself is probably the most beautiful city in the world with tremendous history and culture. Edinburgh St James is the perfect location to bring the best of Scottish produce to the local community as well as visitors from further afield being located next to the new W Hotel and Waverley Station.
TM: The Venimoo Burger is one of Mac & Wild's signature dishes, will you be bringing this to Bonnie & Wild?
AW: Yes, we will be bringing our award-winning Venimoo burgers to Edinburgh. The venison is sourced directly from my family, coming from various estates in The Highlands. The beef is from MacDuff near Glasgow who source the very best from the Scottish Borders and Lowlands. This is topped with caramelised onions, melted cheese and a béarnaise sauce, served in a Brioche bun.
The food hall’s mix of traders aims to address the needs of the local population with an offering that has a global appeal. It is set to be delivered by Food & Beverage interior design specialist Studio Duncalf.
Ed Corrigan at Edinburgh St James said: “We partnered with Bonnie & Wild because of the pedigree of their team and their passion for quality Scottish produce. They know Edinburgh inside out; they have fantastic connections with Scottish farmers and producers, but have also travelled across the globe scoping out the top food markets in the world. The signing is hugely significant because it shows that even in a climate of lockdown uncertainty, Edinburgh St James, and the city, has lost none of its appeal. Scotland has some of the best produce in the world and this will be the best location in Scotland to showcase it.”