Capital bar taps into food and drink


OFFERING quality food and drink has been key to The Fountain’s early success, according to owner Michael McGuigan.

The Edinburgh operator said the menus, which span lunch, dinner, Sunday specials and sharing plates, coupled with a mix of world beers, cask ales, wine and premium spirits, have helped the pub beat its pre-launch targets by 40%.
Dishes on the menu range from pub classics like beer battered haddock to hot smoked salmon fillet with wilted spinach and a crayfish velouté and sharing platters of meat, cheeses and breads.
On drinks, McGuigan buys his beer through Caledonian Heritable. The draught range includes Tennent’s, St Mungo, Belhaven Best, Blue Moon and Belgian premium lager Vedett Extra Blond; the Fountain also has Swedish cider Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime on draught and a range of bottled beers from around the world.
Sourced from Matthew Clark, there’s an extensive selection of wines available by the glass, carafe and bottle. House spirits include Absolut, Beefeater, Havana Especial and Whyte & Mackay, while the gantry stocks a range of premium brands across each category.
Michael told SLTN the offer aims to complement that at his nearby Golden Rule bar.
“We used to lose people from the Golden Rule when they were going for food so now we send them round to The Fountain,” he said.
“It’s working well.”

Image -The Fountain’s dining area.