Our Latest Customer Newsletter (May & June)

Our latest customer newsletter is just out! Take a read and get all our latest news, on everything from our World Whisky Day event (on 20th May), our new wine list, our next charity doggy coffee morning to our take-away offering!
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Super Star Bar/Restaurant Manager Wanted

A superb opportunity has come up with us for a bar/restaurant manager, here at our family owned and run Mercat Grill. Could this be you, or someone that you know? Please do share this post.
Full details below.
Full Job Description
We are a popular, independent award-winning bar and restaurant in the East Lothian village of Whitecraig, near Musselburgh. We are a family run venture with a great team and ambitions to grow and develop our business. We’re looking for the right bar and restaurant manager to join us and help us drive the business forward.
The Mercat Grill has a great reputation for our fine, locally sourced and quality food, range of drinks (we have an extensive collection of 300 + whiskies, craft gins, local ales etc) and high levels of customer service. As well as for our food & drink, charity, dog and sports related events (like Doggy Coffee Mornings, NFL Nights, Six Nations etc).
We are currently looking for an experienced bar & restaurant manager to join the management team and support the owner, in driving the business forward. It will be an exciting role because we have great expansion plans for our operation.
We are looking for someone with an outgoing personality with the ability to engage with our different customer bases. This is a fully hands on position, where you’ll be working front of house, occasionally supporting the kitchen team and within the office, managing bookings/groups/emails plus handling the Mercat Grill’s social media.
Previous bar & restaurant management experience is essential as is a passion and flair for hospitality with strong customer service, communication and interpersonal skills. You will be able to lead and motivate the team, assist with in-house training, manage rotas, stock ordering and budgets. And work alongside the owner, to help grow and develop the business and most importantly, deliver a first-class experience for our customers.
Job Type: Full-time, permanent.
Please send your CV plus a covering email as to why you’d be a great candidate to Graham Blaikie at info@mercatgrill.com.

Our Latest Customer Newsletter is Out for March & April

Check out our latest customer newsletter, packed with all our latest news on everything from our next charity Doggy Coffee Morning, Easter Egg Hunt, new whisky menu and loyalty card for our whisky club. Click here.

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Calling All Dog Owners! Our Charity Doggy Events for 2023

Our award-winning, dog-friendly and family-owned bar & restaurant, The Mercat Grill in the village of Whitecraig will host our first charity doggy event for 2023 happening on Saturday 4th March and we have released dates for the upcoming events for owners and their four-legged friends throughout this year.  All proceeds go to the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.

Yappy Hour will take place on Saturday 4th March, from 4-5:30pm.  For £12.50pp&pp (per person and per pooch), there will be a drink (small glass of wine/bottle of beer or soft/hot drink) and a small tapa to enjoy!  Plus of course, a dog treat!  Going forward, Yappy Hour will take place every other month, on the first Saturday of the month (6 May, 1 July, 2 September & 4 November).

For those that prefer a morning get together, the Doggy Coffee Mornings, take place from (9:30-11:30am) and for £7.50 this includes a tea/coffee, breakfast roll and treat for the dog!  The first one will be Saturday 1 April, then run every alternate month to Yappy Hour, as follows; 3 June, 5 August and 7 October.  Then on the first weekend of December (Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd) – the hugely popular festive doggy event – Santa Paws will take place (times, to be confirmed nearer the time).

Graham Blaikie, owner of the Mercat Grill said: “Our charity doggy events give people the chance to catch up with fellow fido owners, whether they meet up with old friends or come and meet new people.

“Everyone is welcome and it’s a great opportunity for the dogs and people to socialise!  And gives us a great opportunity to raise vital funds for the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home, for whom last year, through our events, we raised over £1400.”

To book a place, simply call 0800 124 4112 or email info@mercatgrill.com.

A Superb Night of American Football at the Mercat Grill

On Sunday 12th Feb, we will be showing the Super Bowl to local fans – as two of the top NFL teams play in the final for the winning title in this massively popular US sporting competition!

At 10pm, local American football fans can gather here at the Mercat Grill for a hearty main meal, accompanied with wine and watch the game when it kicks off at 11:30pm.

Rihanna is the headliner act for the halftime show, adding fuel to the sparks of excitement that are already flickering over the big game!

Graham Blaikie, owner of the Mercat Grill and huge NFL fan said: “The Super Bowl is an incredible match and we are one of the few venues that show the game in our area and make it into a real, fun fuelled social and sporting event!

“It’s great for die hard American football fans and those that want to know more about this superb game.  I’m always happy to share my knowledge of American football.  As well as the main meal, we’ll have nibbles throughout the match to keep people going into the wee small hours of the morning!  Please do come and join us.”

Tickets cost £25pp. Please email info@mercatgrill.com to book your place.  Places are limited and will be done on a first come first served basis.

Check Out Our Latest Customer Newsletter

Hello Folks, here’s our first customer newsletter of 2023 – giving you the lowdown of all our latest news & events we have coming up here at the Mercat Grill! Take a wee look…. https://mailchi.mp/…/the-mercat-grills-latest-news….
We’ve everything from our reopening on 25th Jan, new beers, Burn’s Night, next charity doggy event to our Super Bowl event and new retro arcade game!

Our 2023 Charity Doggy Calendars – The Perfect Xmas Gift for Dog Lovers

A heads up – our 2023 Charity Doggy Calendars should hopefully arrive, hot off the printing press next Thursday (subject to postal strikes)! So why not swing by and pick one up for a donation of only £7.50! A perfect Christmas gift for any of your dog loving family or friends.
Our calendar features many of our establishment’s top dog customers and all proceeds will go to support the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home, which is in grave need of funds at the moment.
And thank you to everyone and your pooches who have supported our charity doggy events this year. We and the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home are hugely grateful.

Book Now for Burn’s Night

Brighten up your January by booking our brilliant Burn’s Night now!  We will be celebrating the birth of Scotland’s national poet, Rabbie Burns with a traditional Burn’s Night on Saturday 28th January ’23 in association with Kilchoman Distillery, from the isle of Islay.
We will welcome in 2023 with a real shindig for Burn’s Night! We’ll have a superb evening lined up with a full Burn’s Supper, lovingly created by our talented chef from fine, local produce and a few drams, from Islay’s traditional farm distillery Kilchoman.
These wonderful distillers have revived the process of traditional farm distilling, standing alone as Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt Scotch Whisky, produced at Kilchoman from barley to bottle. We hope you can make it!
Tickets are £30pp in advance (£35pp on the day). Starts at 7pm.
To book call 0131 665 3354 or email info@mercatgrill.com.

Our Nov & Dec Customer Newsletter is Out!

Our latest newsletter is out! It is jam packed with lots of chat on everything from our next doggy events (Yappy Hour & Santa Paws), our festive dining, Christmas raffle, hiring new staff to our new whisky menu & book for Burn’s Night!

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Closed on Monday 19th September for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we will be closed on 19 September, allowing our team to also pay tribute and commemorate the life and service of Her Majesty the Queen. May she rest in peace.