Edinburgh restaurant poised to reopen

Chef proprietor Fred Berkmiller and his family ran a takeaway service during lockdown

L’ESCARGOT bleu in Edinburgh is gearing up to reopen tomorrow (August 20) following almost five months of closure.

The restaurant on Broughton Street, which will open weekly from Thursday to Sunday, operated as a takeaway business during lockdown with the help of chef proprietor Fred Berkmiller, his wife Betty and children Matilde and Camile.

Berkmiller, who also owns L’escargot blanc restaurant on Queensferry Street, said: “In the beginning it was me in the kitchen, Betty taking orders and the children packing orders and taking deliveries. It has been exhausting but we’re getting a lot of repeat customers and some really encouraging feedback.

“We are constantly being asked when we are reopening for sit-in guests, and we had to think hard about how best to work it alongside a take-away operation, as well as considering everyone’s safety.

“We’ve given this a lot of thought and we’re not only confident that we are able to deliver a safe experience, but that we are able to offer a truly relaxing environment for people to enjoy our food.”