Go ‘Back to the 80’s’ with our Charity Night

On Saturday 7th April,  we will be taking guests back to the decade of the Rubik’s cube, Ronald Regan, R.E.M and Back to the Future with its 80’s Themed Night, being jointly organised by local Malcolm Parry and ourselves to raise vital funds for the charity ‘Scottish Association for Mental Health’ (SAMH).


For only £10pp, the evening will start at 19:30 with a quiz followed by a buffet and then disco – all in the theme of the decade of decadence!  And with all proceeds going to SAMH charity, a very worthwhile organisation that helps people across Scotland with better mental health and well-being.


Graham Blaikie, owner of the Mercat Grill said: “I was approached by my friend Malcolm (also known as ‘Wee Running Man’) who told me he’s raising money for SAMH by running the John Muir Way Ultra Marathon on 31 March, a long way at 50k!  We thought together we could also organise another fundraiser event with our 80’s Themed Night, less energetic but a great fun evening, with food, entertainment and good company all in the mix!  We hope to raise as much money as possible and awareness of mental health so please do come along with family and friends and feel free to dress up, if you wish!”


Malcolm Parry, from Whitecraig added: “I run because it helps my mental state and all-round well-being and I am very fortunate that I can do so.  In return, I decided I wanted to give something back.  I have friends and family who battle with mental health conditions. A friend who was close to me, some days couldn’t find a reason to leave his room and hold down a job. He had a dark cloud above him and couldn’t see the point in life. It’s time we all recognized that these are serious issues that we need to understand and help with, so please help me by donating to this wonderful charity by contributing to my run and/or coming along to our 80’s Themed Night.”


To donate to Malcolm Parry’s run, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/malcolm-parry1.


To book tickets call 0800 124 4112 or email info@mercatgrill.com  

Celebrate National Pet Month With Our ‘Bring Your Pooch to the Pub Day’

It’s National Pet Month (NPM) from 1 April to 7 May and to celebrate this and promote responsible dog ownership our award-winning, dog friendly bar and restaurant, in East Lothian has organised a ‘Bring Your Pooch to the Pub Day’ on Sunday 8th April.


Bring your best, four-legged friend along and we will be offering our delicious Sunday roast for both you and your pooch for just £12.95, with the chance to meet and mingle with other dog loving folks.  Come along any time from 12pm until 3pm.  All proceeds will go to the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home and Guide Dogs.


Owner of the Mercat Grill, Graham Blaikie said: “It should be great event and a tasty treat for the people and pups!  Our head chef ’s Sunday roast is slow roasted and dished up with full of flavour, seasonal vegetables, roasted and mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, sage & onion stuffing and drizzled with our rich, homemade gravy.  We’re sure both you and your four-legged friend will thoroughly enjoy the food and company in our cosy, relaxed pub.”

Our Feb/Mar Newsletter


It’s our first newsletter of 2018, so a very happy new year to you.  We hope it’s a fantastic one for you and your loved ones.  We’re off to a flying start, with lots of great events coming up and new things to offer!  Read on to find out more……

Our German Beer Night for Charity – On Saturday 10th February, from 6pm come and enjoy our mini German beer festival!  We’ll have a selection of fine German beers on offer as well as live music (from 7:30pm).  Owner Graham said: “It should be a great fun get together!  It doesn’t need to be October, to enjoy some superb tasting German beers!  Please do come along and help us raise funds for the charity, Rotary International.  Tickets cost £15pp and includes a beer, Erdinger pint tumbler to take home, Bratwurst sausage and entertainment!”

More Beer News!;

New, Exclusive Beer Available Here! – We are delighted to announce that we’re now selling Tennent Caledonian’s beer ‘Outpost IPA’ on draft and we’re only one of 50 hostelries in Scotland selling it!  So do come in and give it a try.  For £3.95 a pint, it boasts subtle fruity notes which are dominated by strong, malty grain flavours.  We would particularly recommend this 5% ABV beer with one of our chicken dishes like our Chicken Balmoral.  Yum.

New Bottled Beers! – We’ve increased our selection and now have over 30 bottled beers!   We’ve got new additions like Fierce Day Shift, a fiercely hopped American pale ale (£4.30) from Aberdeen, East Lothian’s Eyeball Yellow, a pale, intensely malty lager that celebrates the flavours that pale malt can bring to a beer: rich, toasty, bready, with a hint of sweetness (£3.50) to Siren Liquid Mistress (£3.70) a Red IPA from Berkshire where burnt biscuit and raisin from the malt base is balanced by the grapefruit and peach flavour spark from Amarillo and Cascade hop varieties.  Come in and try a few!

Read more

A Feature on Graham Blaikie

Read all about the Mercat Grill’s owner and ‘head of happiness’ Graham Blaikie, and his working life story in an interview carried out by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (for which Graham is the South East Scotland chairman).  See http://www.theslta.co.uk/news/heart-of-the-community/