Just prior to the start of the Edinburgh festivals (which feels like a LONG time ago now!) Queensferry Street welcomed a new restaurant in the form of Foundry 39. The bar is located in the building which was home to the much loved Bar Roma for more than thirty years (along with a less loved Chimichang for a couple of years), so it’s got big boots to fill.
The bar is a prototype of a new brand being develop by Revere – the upmarket bar bistro arm of Marston’s – and its look is very on trend, with exposed original features and brushed metalwork sitting alongside dark wood flooring and plush leather booths. I rolled my eyes slightly at the “stay a while urban vibe” term used in the press release, but to be honest, it’s a pretty spot on description.
Foundry 39 promises some show stopping cocktails and many of these were on show during their launch party. The bartenders upped the ante in terms of theatrics with a range of smoked cocktails, including a smoke rhubarb & rosemary daiquiri and a smoke heather sour, although more classic options.
There was a half decent selection of craft beers too, including Innis & Gunn, Camden Brewery and Beavertown. The line-up on the taps included Barney’s Beers from Summerhall, with a couple of local brews on keg.
For the early starters, Foundry 39 will be serving breakfast from 8am (9am at weekends) with an all-day dining menu. It will be attempting to re-capture the spirit of Bar Roma with sourdough pizzas baked in wood-fired Gozney Professional Ovens, which can reach a temperature of more than 400 degrees centigrade. The burger I sampled on the opening night was the best I’ve had in a while but be sure to give your server proper cooking instructions if you’re not a fan of pink meat
In Foundry 39, the attempts to create a franchise-able model are clear to see. However, the winning combination of food, drink and atmosphere should ensure Foundry 39 is a deserved succeed, so be sure to look out for it coming to a town near you soon.
Find out more about the bar, its menu and how to book at www.foundryproject.com