Buy a Professional Snap of Your Pooch at Santa Paws!

For those that attended our massively popular Santa Paws event – your professional pics of your pooch are now available to buy! You can get a perfect, digital image of your best, four-legged friend for only £7 or £10, directly from the photographer’s website, emailed to you.
A super memento for you to print and put on your mantelpiece, share on social media or turn into a lovely cushion cover!
Our charity Doggy Calendar for 2022 will be ready early Jan. We’ll keep you posted via our social  media, next newsletter and here!

Lots of Festive News

We’re bursting at the seams with some festive news folks – so please do read all about what’s happening at the Mercat Grill this Dec & Jan!
We’ve got our festive menu and we’ll be open every day from next Monday. We’re taking orders now for our super delicious steak pies and chicken pies as a post Xmas treat! Plus loads more….

We Make It into the Coveted 2022 Good Beer Guide

We’ve just heard that we’ve made it into the UK’s highly selective ‘Good Beer Guide’ for 2022 which puts our local bar & restaurant in amongst the best pubs, bars and breweries, where people can find the finest cask beers available within the UK.

The Good Beer Guide claims to be the biggest and best book of pubs and breweries in Britain, with thousands of recommendations from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) volunteers across the country.  The volunteers chose every pub personally, visit the venue and rate them on their atmosphere, quality of beer and how well they cater for real ale drinkers.

Graham Blaikie, owner of the Mercat Grill said: “I’m so delighted to be in the latest edition of the Good Beer Guide. It really is an honour to be up there with the UK’s finest pubs and bars that serve real ale.  For the consumer, it can be tricky finding the best place in town for a good old-fashioned pint of real ale, in a venue with a great atmosphere and superb service – so this handy passport to the best venues really is ideal.

“Here at the Mercat Grill, we provide a range of real ales, which come from the local, award-winning craft beer company Stewart Brewing and we rotate these fine quality beers for our customers.  We take great pride in serving our real ales, in the right way – with good old-fashioned service at the bar or to perfectly accompany one of our many, homemade dishes served up in our restaurant.” 

Jon Addinall, pubs officer for Edinburgh & SE Scotland at CAMRA said: “The prime reason that the Mercat Grill was selected by our members for the Good Beer Guide is the quality of the real ale on sale – which is of a consistently high quality due to Grahams’ enthusiasm and long-standing cellaring skills.

In South East Scotland the guide has 26 entries in the City of Edinburgh, 17 in the rest of the Lothians (12 of which are located in East Lothian) and 18 in the Borders. These are selected from around 370 pubs that sell real ale so they really do need to stand out to make it into our guide.”

Copies of the Good Beer Guide 2022 can be purchased for £15.99 at


To book a table at the Mercat Grill, simply call 0800 124 4112 or email

Ho Ho Ho – ‘You Better Watch Out’ – ‘Santa Paws’ is Coming Back into Town!

That’s right, this year, our highly popular and pawtastic Christmas themed, charity breakfast event for dog owners and their beloved, four-legged friends ‘Santa Paws’ is back on!

Come on down on Sunday 5th December from 10-11:30am and get into the festive spirit, have a great fun morning and help us raise vital funds for the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home and Guide Dogs Scotland.

There will be tasty bacon or egg rolls served up with teas and coffees, a tantalising treat for the tail waggers and Christmas comes early, with a present for the pooches, compliments of Santa Paws! Tickets cost £10.  To book call 0131 665 3354 or email

Our Latest Customer Newsletter is Out!

Our latest customer newsletter is live!
We’re so excited to share details with you on;
* Our fabulous festive dining offer which you can now book
* Our appeal for kids Christmas gifts for the charity Cash for Kids
* A wee reminder about our Sunday NFL sessions (for all you American football fans)
* Our cocktail range, Cuban cigars and cigars of the haggis variety!

A Lunch of Learning & Tasting Lindores Abbey Distillery’s Single Malt Whisky

We’re holding a Whisky Tasting lunch on Tuesday 19th October with a special guest from Lindores Abbey Distillery in Fife, which classes itself as the ‘spiritual home of Scotch whisky’!


Join us from 1pm and we’ll have a sociable, fun and informative session, which will be enjoyed over a delicious three-course lunch.


Murray Stevenson, the brand ambassador from Lindores Abbey Distillery will be talking to our guests, taking you through the intriguing history of Lindores Abbey (located in Lindores, Fife) which apparently has widely recognised links to the earliest written reference of Scotch whisky.  Its whisky has been revived after 523 years and the spirit is back flowing from its copper stills, of this ancient site.  And you can sample and enjoy it on 19th October from 1pm for only £25pp! Join us for some great chat on this single malt whisky over a three-course lunch.

To book a place, simply call 0800 124 4112 or email

Our Latest Newsletter – Sept & Oct

Our latest newsletter is out! Have a wee read, we’ve got so much great news to tell you!
Like, we’re now open on Thursdays, we’ve got our first ever showing of NFL matches & BBQ on 12 Sept, a whisky tasting lunch (19th Oct), St Andrew’s Day lunch (30th Nov), Doggy Coffee Morning (9th Oct) through to chat on our new cocktails, our new Cuban cigar collection & my Mum’s chocolate eclairs are back on the menu, for ordering and enjoying at home!

Our New ‘MG Business Hub’ Opens

Our new, ‘MG Business Hub’ opens this Friday! With so many of you, still working from home – we’ve created a new business hub, here at the Mercat Grill to help homeworkers looking for a change of work space and get back some of that ‘Friday feeling’!

We know how isolating it can sometimes feel, working alone from home – so we thought we’d create an area for locals looking for a change of scenery to get on with their daily tasks or for a socially distanced meeting.

We have a special seating area, in the quieter area of our venue, where for only £10 – you can spend a two-hour slot, anytime between 9am until 12pm every Friday working away. You’ll have access to power points; free Wi-Fi and we’ll bring you a bacon or egg roll and a fresh cup of coffee/tea!

Our new MG Business Hub will be available on a Friday from 9am to 12pm. Simply call us on 0131 665 3354 to book a socially distanced space, for up to two hours.

Our Latest Customer Newsletter is Out!

Hello lovely people.  You can check out all our latest news, simply by clicking on this link

We’ve got a great Father’s Day Gift Voucher (pay £25 for a £30 gift voucher for your beloved Dad), news on our new Business Hub, upcoming Whisky Tasting Event and much more!

Join us for our ‘Four Corners of Scotland’ Whisky Tasting Event for Charity

Join us for our ‘Four Corners of Scotland’ Whisky Tasting Event for Charity on Wednesday 28th April at 19:30! Being organised by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, we’re hosting the event together with 1775 Whisky Passport!

It will be a hybrid affair – held online (hosted via 1775 Whisky Passport’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels) and a small number of guests outdoors (up to 20 – weather dependent) can attend in person here at the Mercat Grill!

Hosted by co-owners of 1775 Whisky Passport, Neil Forbes and myself Graham Blaikie, we’ll take fellow whisky lovers on a tasting tour, of Scotland’s ‘four corners’ in a fun and informative session, talking through the;


Clynelish 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Highlands

Cardhu 12-Year-Old Single Malt from Speyside

Caol Ila 12-Year-Old Single Malt from the isle of Islay

Glenkinchie 12-Year-Old Single Malt from East Lothian


You can pre-order your tasting packs at and for £20.  You’ll get 50ml of the four whiskies being sampled on the evening, delivered but you need to order by Friday 23rd April, live in the UK and be over 18 years old.


All proceeds will go to The Ben, the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society, which supports people across the industry facing extreme financial hardship.