5 of the best Scottish pop up restaurants

Fancy attending a one-off dinner?

Published 16th Jun 2017
Updated 12 th Sep 2023

Then why not book into a pop up restaurant?  With a range of  dining experience happening in Scotland, from tasting menus, wine pairings and eating in the sky, there's something for all occasions.

Dram and Smoke

(1st-31st August, The Biscuit Factory, 4 - 6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5NP)

This year marks the second trip to Edinburgh for popular pop up, Dram and Smoke. Usually situated in and around London, the company has hosted a range of events in Scotland and celebrates Scottish produce.

After last year's successful menu, this year sees a campfire feast concept and complementary cocktail sessions (to be booked separately).

The four course menu includes modern takes on nostalgic flavours  such as Ploughman's picnic, smoked chicken and BBQ pineapple. Tickets for the meal also include a welcome cocktail.

With round reclaimed wooden tables that sit 10 people and a large banquet table that sits around 25, Dram and Smoke is the ideal night out for groups of friends, couples or for solo diners to mingle with other, like-minded foodies.

Section 33



The ever elusive Section 33 has hosted a number of 'Guerrilla dining' pop ups in Glasgow, including the most recent, The Journey, at The Tall Ship in May. And an unforgettable meal at Govanhill swimming baths in 2014.

You can see their graffiti hashtags around the city, which give a nod to those in the know. Dates have yet to be announced for their next project but it's worth signing up to their newsletter or give them a follow on social media to find out more.

The organisers have over 30 years experience in award-wining dining and service and promise dishes from as little as £6. They strive to deliver the best slow cooked meal in the most fashionable restaurant without high-end prices or any pompousness. Sounds good to us.

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Eat Mhor

(28th-29th August, Speigeltent, George Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ)


Picture: Edinburgh Food Festival

Chef Tom Lewis and the Monachyle Mhor team are set to headline at the celebrated Edinburgh Food Festival this summer with their two-night Eat Mhor feast.

Now in its third year, the Assembly-run festival celebrates the finest of Scotland’s food and drink. Free to enter, the festival takes place in George Square Gardens, where artisan producers and stallholders will fill the festival grounds while foodie talks, debates and demos will put the cherry on the top.

Monachyle Mhor’s Chef Proprietor, Tom Lewis is bringing the Mhor charm - from food to style - to the festival with a specially designed six course tasting menu, which will be available from 7-9pm on the 28th-29th July.

Glasgow in the Sky

(15th-20th June, George Square, George Street, Glasgow, G2 1DU)


Thrill seekers will enjoy the Glasgow pop up of the famed Events in the Sky dining experience. Located within the city centre in George Square, the views of the city are incredible but it's the food that will have diners talking.

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Having teamed up with some of Glasgow's well-known restaurants such as The Gannet, Porter & Rye, Cafe Gandolfi and Blythswood Square, the experience is divided into five sittings - breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch, dinner and night time cocktails.

Seating 22 guests, who are strapped in before being hoisted into the sky , the guest chef, sommelier and waiting  staff will treat diners to a unique experience. Just don't ask to go to the toilet!

Rose Murray Brown at Prestonfield

(7th December, Prestonfield House Hotel, Priestfield Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5UT)


Pop up restaurants

Picture: Prestonfield House Hotel Facebook

If sitting down to a meal with professionally paired wine in one of Edinburgh's most decadent settings is your idea of a perfect night, then be sure to book into Rose Murray Brown's classic wine dinner at Rhubarb restaurant in Prestonfield House Hotel.

The four courses, prepared by the award-winning team at Rhubarb, will be paired with eight chosen wines from Rose.

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Rose Murray Brown is one of only 323 Masters of Wine worldwide and is the only one to host wine courses and regular wine tastings in Scotland. So get booking your seats now.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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