The Fat Pony
Michelle Clancy discovers that food is far from an after-thought at new Edinburgh wine bar, The Fat Pony.
Date nights have become somewhat elusive in my household so when my husband and I were invited to try out a new wine bar, we quickly drafted in a babysitter.
While we’re both big fans of a good glass of wine, we were confident the food would be en pointe here too mainly because the man behind the venture is restaurateur David Ramsden of the ever-popular Hanover Street restaurant, The Dogs.
Situated on Bread Street, away from the hustle and bustle, we propped ourselves at the bar and pondered the epic wine list. With a huge selection of whites, reds, rosés, and even a couple of orange wines on offer by the glass, we asked for some much-needed help choosing; an aromatic glass of French white, Jura Les Belemnites (£5.85) for me and a full-bodied Spanish red, the Monastrell (£3.35) for my other half - both great recommendations.
To accompany the wine (it’s THAT way round here), head chef Scott Wyse has devised a concise but impressive menu of small plates. From pork and duck gyoza to crab and smoked salmon tortellini, influences are drawn from all over the world but we kicked things off with a simple charcuterie board to share, £14. Featuring a generous selection of cured meats with manchego, olives and bread, it was the perfect beginning. Another glass of wine down, we tucked into the ham hough terrine with pickles, £5.50 - a meaty slice complemented perfectly by the punchiness of the pickles. Then came the hit of the night: a luscious lamb shawarma with mint yogurt, pomegranate, and flat bread, £6. It was so good, we didn’t want it to end.
Torn between ending the evening on dessert or a cocktail (yep, they do more than just wine), I made the wise choice of ordering both. I’ve been in search of the perfect espresso martini for years and I’m delighted to say The Fat Pony came up trumps – perhaps it was the extra shot of hazelnut that made it a winner. It also made the perfect partner to our dessert, a rich chocolate and blackberry delice with salted caramel ice cream, £5. It was the perfect indulgent ending to our indulgent date night. Here’s hoping the babysitter is free again next weekend.
The Fat Pony, 47/49 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AH. Tel: 0131 229 5770, thefatpony.com