Edinburgh is set to gain a new, independent German-inspired public house this month, celebrating the very best of German and Scottish beers. Situated on Broughton Street Lane, The Keller Taproom will make its debut on 19th May. Behind the new venture is local couple Emily Jones and James Meikle, two beer lovers with their sights set on creating the perfect pub.
“As a child I always wanted to be like Peggy Mitchell and have my own pub,” explains Emily, who met James whilst they were both working behind the bar at the now-closed No.8 Lister Square in the capital’s Quartermile. “It wasn’t until I moved to Edinburgh six years ago that I started my career in hospitality. The vibrancy and sense of community provided by a pub atmosphere changed my entire career path; I knew this is what I wanted to do. We wanted to create a space that celebrates Scotland, that gives our community a hub that they can make their own and allow people to connect in the way we have sorely missed this last year”.
Following a substantial renovation project starting just before the pandemic hit, the couple are relieved that their project has come to fruition and they can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. With its cosy interior, green spaces, solid stone and hand-plastered walls, Emily and James have created a warm and inviting space at The Keller, where guests can easily while away the hours with great company and even better beer.
“We wanted the pub to be warm, to feel solid, and we especially wanted to bring the outside in. Green and living spaces make us happy,” says Emily. “Our hops strung along the ceiling brings a magical quality to the space, and the walls that we plastered with our own hands gives a sense of permanence that you often miss in new, modern venues. We also have a wee plant installation from a local business, so not only can people admire the living space we’ve created but they can buy the plants and take home their own little piece of The Keller”.
The Keller Taproom will give centre stage to the very best German and Scottish beers with five lines for German beers and three lines dedicated to Scottish beer, which will rotate on a monthly basis. Their full drinks range - which will be served from a bar crafted entirely from planks of wood reclaimed from old ships - includes the award-winning ABK Beer, which has been brewed in Bavaria for over 700 years. A selection of tipples from local Edinburgh businesses Barney’s Beer and Bellfield Brewery will also be on offer, alongside a range of traditional German schnapps.
James comments “We have a great selection of beer on draught and in bottles that truly showcases what Scotland and Germany have to offer”.
An on-site brewery and gin distillery will see The Keller providing their own beverages too such as Coorie, The Keller’s own heather and raspberry gin which guests can enjoy when doors open on Wednesday 19th May. The first pouring of their very own beer will follow suit, currently expected in July. The bierkeller will also be screen-printing their own drinks labels, after discovering that one of the property’s former residents was a lithographer.
As far as food goes, The Keller will initially be offering a selection of bar snacks, with the hopes of serving up something more substantial as the business develops.
James explains: “We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved, which we couldn’t have done without our incredible friends. We can’t wait to finally be able to open our doors!”
The Keller Taproom will be open to the public on Wednesday 19th May. Pre-booking is advised. Please visit www.kellertaproom.com for reservations.