I went to uni in Edinburgh so Forrest Road was a regular haunt of mine. Back in 2010, aside from Doctors pub and a cracking Baguette Express (RIP ☹), there wasn’t really that much going on. A new bar will be a welcome addition to that little stretch and so close to the university means an abundance of thirsty clientele.
Taking over the old RBS building, Edinburgh Beer Factory have joined forces with Gino Stornaiuolo of Nonna’s Kitchen to open ‘Paolozzi Restaurant & Bar’. Named after the Edinburgh-born ‘Father of Pop Art’, Eduardo Paolozzi, the venture will combine beer, food and art to celebrate the Great Scot and wider Italian Scottish culture.
Edinburgh Beer Factory’s flagship beer brand, Paolozzi lager, features Eduardo’s ‘Illumination and the Eye’ screenprint on its packaging. For every beer sold, the brewery pays a charitable donation to the Paolozzi Foundation.
Paolozzi will obviously available at the bar, as well as other beers from the Edinburgh Beer Factory range. The menu, devised by Gino, will be an ‘Italian Scottish’ theme with dishes like ‘spuntini’ (Italian tapas-style sharing dishes served at the bar), antipasti, fresh salads, ‘build your own’ salami and cheese plates (yes please!), wood-fired pizzas and some classic larger plates.
I can’t wait to see how the old bank will be renovated, and with the connections to pop-art, my expectations are high!
Work has already begun on the venue which has revealed some exciting features including a beautifully painted ‘Surgical Instrument Makers’ ghost sign at the front of the restaurant dating back to the late 19th Century (image above) and inside, a portion of the ‘Telfer Wall’ – part of Edinburgh’s old town walls – has been unearthed and will remain an exposed feature in the new venue. Apparently, the old bank deposit vaults are being transformed into toilets, which will play audio clips of stories about Eduardo Paolozzi and some of his works so you can learn while you pee. Ideal.