Edinburgh St James: Mac & Wild sign contract for ‘first of its kind’ Scottish food hall

The 16,600 sq ft Bonnie & Wild artisanal food hall will be the “first of its kind” in Edinburgh, according to owners.

By Conor Marlborough
Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 9:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 11:17 am

Edinburgh St James developers have secured ‘Bonnie & Wild’, a new concept food hall by Scottish restaurant brand, Mac & Wild.

Owners have earmarked a 16,600 sq ft space for the new venture, on the 4th floor of the new building being developed in the New Town.

Bonnie & Wild will consist of restaurant operators alongside fresh and packaged food and drink from a variety of artisan butchers, fishmongers, grocers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers and bakeries, and three unique bar concepts.

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Edinburgh St James developers have secured ‘Bonnie & Wild’, a new concept food hall by Scottish restaurant brand, Mac & Wild.

Visitors will be able to taste flights of whisky, see salmon carved in front of their eyes or experience Highland stalking in ‘Smoky Barrels’, Mac & Wild’s virtual shooting range.

Built by Studio Duncalf, food and drink interior design specialists, the site’s developers hope the food hall’s layout and mix of traders appeal to local shoppers and tourists alike.

Ed Corrigan at Edinburgh St James said: “We partnered with Bonnie & Wild because of the pedigree of their team and their passion for quality Scottish produce.

“They know Edinburgh inside out; they have fantastic connections with Scottish farmers and producers, but have also travelled across the globe scoping out the top food markets in the world.

“The signing is hugely significant because it shows that even in a climate of lockdown uncertainty, Edinburgh St James, and the city, has lost none of its appeal.

“Scotland has some of the best produce in the world and this will be the best location in Scotland to showcase it,” he added.

Andy Waugh at Bonnie & Wild, said: “Edinburgh St James is the perfect location to launch Bonnie & Wild. We love the fact that it is rooted in its community but has a global outlook.

“Our vision is to bring the best of Scottish produce to the local community as well as visitors from further afield,” he said, “and we are so excited to create a platform for some of Scotland’s most interesting traders.

“We cannot wait to share more details about our plans and the traders we will be working with. And yes, we will be bringing our award-winning Venimoo burgers.”

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