Pickering's Gin takeover set for Edinburgh's newest bar

Hemingway’s, a brand-new bar and restaurant overlooking The Shore, is set to play host to a Pickering's Gin takeover this weekend.

Published 26th Sep 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

On Friday 27 September from 9pm to 1am, the Pickering's takeover promises a range of signature cocktails plus the Marvellous Martini Trolley will be there to get the party started.

Pickering’s Gin and Hemingway’s mixologists have collaborated to produce a special cocktail menu - available for one night only - using Pickering’s Gin, Pickering’s Original 1947 Gin, Pickering’s Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass Liqueur, and Pickering’s Sloe Gin.

Options include the Pickering’s Sherbet Swizzle with sloe gin, raspberry, lemon and sherbet, and the Pickering’s Tiramisu, an indulgent after-dinner cocktail inspired by the classic dessert.

There will also be Tiki-influenced creations, and the zingy and refreshing Gin and Juice.

The first in a series of drinks brand takeovers planned at Hemingway’s, Pickering’s Gin’s Jenny Allan will also be there with Pickering’s Marvellous Martini Trolley to deliver tasters of the drinks straight to guests’ tables.

As well as this there will be a comedian and magician on hand to keep guests entertained throughout the evening.

In addition to the takeover cocktail menu, Hemingway’s offers a regular menu of speciality cocktails and seasonal small plates from their library-inspired bar and restaurant.

Open daily from 11am (10am at weekends) until 1am, Hemingway’s promises to be a stylish hangout from morning till night, whether guests are after a casual lunch spot or a lively night out.

What's on the menu?

Pickerings Gin takeover

Picture: Hemingway's Facebook

The all-day small plates includes ingredients from land, sea and garden and encourages relaxed, social dining, from £4.50 per plate.

Dishes include: Thai-style crispy prawns with som tum, coriander and peanuts; halloumi chips with lemon tahini, pomegranate molasses and mint; and slow-cooked Ayrshire pork belly with remoulade and apple sauce as well as flatbreads, charcuterie and antipasti.

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The drinks menu includes a selection of bespoke house cocktails served alongside premium spirits and speciality wines and beers.

Guests can enjoy everything from Hemingway’s take on an Espresso Martini using Nikka Coffee Whiskey, to a refreshing Kyoto Spritz with Whitley Neill Cucumber and Aloe Gin, Brizard Yuzu, St Germain, citric acid and yuzu tonic.

As the name suggests, the venue has been inspired by the great Ernest Hemingway and because of this there are plenty of book-themed touches to look out for, as well as several Insta-friendly photo spaces.

Guests can also enjoy a Hemingway Daiquiri, which is tucked inside an old novel by the man himself, and is made with Banks 5 Year Blanco, Pampelle, Luxardo Maraschino, lime and grapefruit mist.

In addition to the spacious bar and restaurants, guests will also soon be able to enjoy food and drinks on the new terrace, overlooking the Water of Leith.

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Set to open this autumn, the picturesque terrace will be transformed to suit each season, with outdoor heating allowing it to be used all year round.

Chris Docherty, owner of Hemingway’s comments: “I am delighted to announce that Hemingway’s is now open, bringing a refreshing new drinking and dining experience to Leith.

"I can’t wait for guests to try our fantastic menu; both our kitchen and bar teams are hugely skilled and are producing some really exciting food and drink.”

Declan Fleming, Hemingway’s general manager says: “As a born and bred Leither, I’m really excited to be part of this new venture bringing something new to The Shore’s flourishing food and drink scene.

"I’m particularly passionate about Hemingway’s signature cocktail menu, and I hope guests will enjoy sampling our creative, unique concoctions.

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"Our collaboration with Pickering’s Gin is the perfect way to launch Hemingway’s, and we’ve had lots of fun getting creative with the takeover cocktail menu.”

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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