Probably the safest place to eat a Luxford Burger is outside, as you’ll feel less guilty about dribbling sauce and other trimmings everywhere.
Thankfully for messy eaters, they’ve launched a Luxford @ The Courtyard pop-up in Holyrood Distillery’s alfresco bar - a green space with picnic tables, situated at 19 St Leonard’s Lane. It has some covered areas, and will be open throughout summer.
“It’s great to be able to support local, and we really believe strong independent links are the key to offering great service, and great food, to all of our customers”, says Alexander Galpin, who owns Luxford with his business partner, Jake Payne.
This pop-up spot is just up the road from Luxford Burgers and Lounge, which the young restaurateurs opened earlier this year.
The duo started cooking burgers in a dark kitchen on Leith’s Albert Street during lockdown. Despite setbacks since then, including an eviction order from the City of Edinburgh Council, they’ve been growing and their portfolio now includes a long-term kitchen residency at Fierce Beer, 167 Rose Street.
They’ll be serving food as part of the Luxford @ The Courtyard from Tuesday to Thursday from 1pm-7pm, Friday, 1pm-9pm, Saturday, from 1-9pm, and Sunday, 1-6pm, and it’ll be an ongoing project.
Choose from film-themed burgers including The Highlander with two Scotch beef patties, double American cheese, crispy smoked streaky bacon, their secret Lux sauce and pickles, or The Shrek, which features two patties, double vintage cheddar, red onion marmalade, mustard mayo and homemade sweet potato crisps.
“Our bestseller since opening the St Leonard’s Street branch is The Phantom Menace, with a very Instagrammable pink sauce,” says Alexander. “ It features crispy garlic chicken, pickled beetroot mayo, mango salsa, crispy pancetta and wild rocket. Customers also love The Lost in Translation – crispy garlic, chilli and wasabi miso mayo, smashed avocado and diced negi”.
Drinks are provided by their courtyard landlord, and include Holyrood Distillery HolyXXXX Gin, as well as beer on draught from the likes of Barney’s and Pilot, and daily cocktails. Booking recommended but walk-ups also welcome, see www.holyrooddistillery.co.uk