With less than two months until its June 24 opening day, Bonnie & Wild has confirmed two acclaimed restaurants will be taking top spots at Edinburgh’s first Food Hall.
Glasgow institution The Gannet and vegan restaurant group Erpingham House will both be taking key food stalls at Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace, which will house eight food stalls, three bars and four speciality retailers, including a butcher, fishmonger and craft bottle shop.
The Gannet, opened by Ivan Stein and Peter McKenna, is one of Glasgow’s best-loved restaurants, and is renowned not only for its take on Scottish fine dining but its commitment to high quality seasonal ingredients sourced from artisan producers, foragers and farmers. Winner of multiple accolades, The Gannet won Scottish Licensed Trade News’ coveted Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and is holder of 3 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Plate.
Head chef Peter Mckenna said: “From the moment we heard about Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace we knew it was a perfect fit for The Gannet. The venue is stunning. The finish, the concept, and the food and drink offering are all first class. I’m excited The Gannet is going to be one of the key food offerings within it.”
Joining The Gannet is upmarket vegan restaurant Erpingham House, coming to Scotland for the first time after establishing itself in Norwich and expanding to Brighton. Alongside founder Loui Blake, Erpingham House also includes Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass as key shareholders. Both Martin and Snodgrass were capped for Scotland during their football career.
Executive chef Meg Greenacre said: “We’d been looking to move to Scotland for some time, not least because both Russell and Robert have been desperate for us to open a Scottish Erpingham House! With Bonnie & Wild, we were presented with a superb opportunity to give our thoughtful cuisine a high profile platform in this incredible Food Hall space. I can’t wait for it to open!”
Ms Greenacre said guests to Bonnie & Wild could expect to see plant-based takes on old classics, such as their version of fish and chips, but she said they would be expanding the menu to take in locally available produce.
Housed within the St James Quarter, Bonnie & Wild has been attracting interest since the project was announced in 2019. Earlier this year it confirmed that BBC Masterchef Gary Maclean would be opening the seafood-focused Creel Caught, his first official venture, joining Edinburgh’s East Pizza and artisanal gelateria Joelato.
Bonnie & Wild’s General Manager Kate Russell added: “We’re all getting excited about opening and showing off our fantastic Food Hall to an eager public. I think people will be blown away by the range of food options available to them.”
Ms Russell said that guests to Bonnie & Wild would be able to order food from any of the food stalls and have their order delivered to their table: “It’s one of the key concepts for our Food Hall. So with a party of any size, each individual can order all together but off different menus. And as they wait they can peruse the retailers, including a butcher, fishmonger and craft bottle shop. Or they can explore the venue and see the wall space that’s been given over to stunning images of Scotland through a partnership with the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, and which allows guests to order a print with proceeds going to charity.”