Dram & Smoke are back in town with a camping-themed feast, Gaby Soutar tells us about the six things that will more than likely happen should you attend one of their Fringe pop-ups.

As part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, pop-up purveyors Dram & Smoke (aka Paul Ross and Nick Fulton), are back for their second year at The Biscuit Factory.

This time round, they’re offering a four course (including a Talisker cocktail) and completely midgie-free Campfire Feasts theme, £40pp, with sittings from Wednesday to Saturday at 7pm, as well as Sundays at 4pm, until the 27 August.

You will eat Gothic-looking black bread

This lovely fluffy stuff is charcoal bread, made a crust’s throw away by Company Bakery (@companybakery) in their big bright Biscuit Factory premises.

It’s served as part of the starter – Cauliflower Cheese Soup, Beer Onions, Garlic and Wild Herb Oil – probably our favourite course.

There are naked flames

For dessert, you will experience some mass marshmallow toasting along with the pudding (Barbecued Pineapple, S’Mores Ice Cream Sandwich, Trail Mix Brittle, Raspberry, Whisky Syrup).

Your marshmallow might even catch on fire, and have to be batted by your dining partner’s marshmallow until they’re stuck together and the flames are extinguished. Excitement.

Dram & Smoke

Picture: Dram & Smoke

Strangers will become family

This event involves eating at one of their communal tables and the main course – Pork Ribeye Roast and Venison Cumberland, Campfire Beans, Rosemary Polenta Chips, Chargrilled Baby Gem and Arran Mustard is served family style.

Thus, someone is going to have to be “mummy” or “daddy” and carve. For the rest of the meal – in our case, anyway – they will be known as pork daddy and sausage mummy, whether they like it or not.

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You will covet the Falcon Enamelware

Courses –  including the Smoked Chicken, Spiced Corn Succotash, Truffle, Leek Ash and Venison Jerky Crumb – are served in every hipster’s favourite white and navy dishes.

The rest of the camp-style serve ware includes Thermos flasks, picnic baskets, Sporks and other paraphernalia.

One table will get drunker than everyone else, sing Ging Gang Goolie, then cram themselves into the tent

At the end of the dining space, there is a fun stripy wigwam-style tent.

To some, it’s just there for display purposes, along with the rucksacks and groundsheets hanging from the ceiling, for others, it’s an opportunity to relive school camp, circa 1983.

The Sunday sitting is at 4pm

We like this idea. Have brunch that day, then, in the afternoon, when you’re starving, get along to The Biscuit Factory for what we’re calling linner (or dunch).

After a cocktail downstairs, the first course is served at 4.30pm, and things wrap up at around 7pm (though you can go downstairs, drink more and listen to live music afterwards)

Perfect if you’ve got work on Monday morning.

Dram & Smoke

Picture: TSPL

• You can buy tickets for Dram and Smoke’s Camp fire pop-up here: www.dramandsmoke.com

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About The Author

Gaby Soutar

Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.

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