Dram & Smoke Scran

20160808_184453It’s usually hard to predict how year-round events will cope with the Festival madness of Edinburgh in August. The last couple of years we’ve done Scran Salons at the very start of the month before the Festival was in full swing.

This year we decided to move to the second Monday of the month to deliver an event in partnership with this Festival’s most exciting pop-up dining experience, Dram & Smoke.

Our pal Louise from the Fireside Collective had made the suggestion as her brother Paul is one half of the team, along with chef Nick, that has been wowing London audiences over recent years with Dram & Smoke’s signature, high production value, Scottish bespoke dining events.



We were along at their opening night, on Friday past, and very much look forward to visiting again later in the month, if ticket sales allow.

For our Scran Salon event we had a bumper crop of attendees, with a lovely mix of regulars and first-timers. Paul and Nick had prepared some dishes to showcase what their full menu holds in store. This included samples of their delicious ham hock and haggis terrine, flavourful brisket, and rhubarb and custard dessert.

With everyone having such a glorious time in the spectacular setting of the Biscuit Factory’s sun-dappled top floor, I kept my microphone witterings to a minimum, simply thanking the Dram & Smoke guys for their incredible hospitality, then highlighting the fantastic street food provision we have this August, particularly at Boxsmall, and finally thanking everyone for coming along. IMG-20160808-WA0002

The band from Kansas Smithy’s, the jazz bar downstairs in the Biscuit Factory popped up to play a tune and lure us down to the bar. It worked a treat.

All in all it was a glorious evening that went on well into the night. 20160808_205401

We return to something like our usual approach to life next month, with Scran Salon back at Akva on 5 September. We look forward to welcoming you again, then.