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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a members’ club dedicated to rare, single-cask Scotch, with two venues in Edinburgh and one in London. At its Queen Street premises in the Scottish capital, the
whisky bar is bolstered by a restaurant open to allcomers. It sits on the ground floor of a refurbished Georgian townhouse, a simple, elegant room dealing in capably crafted, accessible food. The
menu du jour brings two or three reasonably priced courses for lunch or pre-theatre, while the carte might feature rare venison loin with pickled vegetables and smoked crème fraîche to start,
before braised cheek of beef with olive-oil mash, glazed root vegetables and red wine jus with anise. To finish, pear, ginger and cranberry trifle with ginger-beer sorbet sounds intriguing. If the
array of unique cask whiskies doesn’t appeal, there’s also an extensive wine list, with plenty by the glass.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been a place with which I’ve had a few near misses, so was glad to finally get there when regular guest quester Kim suggested it.I’d popped in for a drink with a society member at the Leith branch, many years ago, but it was the first time for me in the Queen Street branch. I’d heard from them recently as they have an upcoming programme of events across the month of May when doors will be open to non-members. Their dining room is routinely open to all, serving a very stylish sounding selection. It’s also the regular host venue for a number of events and banquets...
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