For fans of Jupiter Artland, a visit has always been a summer activity.
However, this year, for the first time, this contemporary sculpture park is opening in the autumn for non-members, from today (5 October) until the 25 October, just in time for the school holidays.
While Edinburgh fine-dining restaurant, Fhior, takes a break from looking after this destination’s colourful Cafe Party, Barry Bryson, the owner of 21-year-old business Cater Edinburgh, will be commandeering the kitchen at Jupiter Artland.
This chef will be resident while still fresh from a sell-out pop-up at Edinburgh’s Greek restaurant, Spitaki, and his popular covid home-delivery business.
“The challenge for me like all hospitality (and other) businesses are really enormous and diversifying is key but opportunities like this give me great hope, “ said Bryson, on his Instagram @chef.caterer.edinburgh.
Luckily, he's a veteran when it comes to Jupiter Artland, as he looked after the cafe from 2009-2013.
Six years on, he’s returning with a menu that’s been designed to suit autumn, when the park and its woodland will be extra atmospheric.
As he says, the food list has been designed to be “family friendly and accessible, as that’s kind of what we need for school holidays and colder weather”.
Apart from the bread, everything will be made on site, and all main courses are under a tenner.
As well as a pumpkin and cauliflower curry with toasted flatbread, expect dishes such as braised Borders beef croquettes, parsley mayonnaise, shallot and endive salad; salmon, ginger and endive dumplings, chicken miso broth, fennel and chilli flakes, as well as St Brides warm roast chicken Caesar, with Parmesan, Cos, mustard, anchovy, smoked pancetta, fennel and garlic croutons.
There will be a vegan and gluten-free soup of the day and a vegetarian tart, as well as filled baguettes, including one with Anster, Barry’s chutney, celery and apple.
Stand at the hatch on the side of their Silver Streak caravan, where you can queue in a socially distanced fashion for cakes and Mr. Eoin coffee.
In anticipation of the small people who will be burning off energy on Charles Jencks’s Cells of Life and freaking out at Laura Ford’s Weeping Girls, there will also be a separate children’s menu, with options for just £3.50.
As far as covid protocol goes, in line with current government guidelines, the cafe will seat up to 30 people inside and 20 outside, including groups of up to six people from a maximum of two households.
Social distancing and strict hygiene measures will be observed. They say that no pre-booking is required but tables will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
We anticipate, as Bryson says; “A very Barry cafe”.
For more information on Barry Bryson at Jupiter Artland, visit their website.
Jupiter Artland and Café Party will be open daily from 10.30am-5pm between Monday 5th and Sunday 25th October. Lunch will be served between 11am-3pm.