Liam Rudden: Pop in to Pommery’s historic pop-up

Pommery. Pic: Liam Rudden
Pommery. Pic: Liam Rudden
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THERE’S a carnival cut-out at the entrance to the Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar, at the Signet Library.

You know the kind of thing, a life-size image with a hole where the face should be so you can insert yours.

The Pommery cut-out depicts James Bond and a bikini clad femme fatale with a bottle of the famous fizz strapped to her thigh.

It’s a bit of fun and seemed like the perfect end to a lunchtime escape from the Fringe until I tried to look though the hole... Bond it appears was much taller than I am. Even standing on tip-toes didn’t help, much to the amuse-ment of my lunch comp-anion, Musicality winner, Donna Hazelton.

A visit to the pop-up Pommery bar is now a regular date on my Festival calendar. On this occasion we stopped by to try their lobster, and weren’t disappointed. It’s just one of a number of selections available throughout the day. Choose from burgers, sharing platters, soups, sandwiches, or you could even try their afternoon teas. They’re excellent.

What fascinates me about this particular pop-up bar ,however, is its location. Tucked away behind St Giles it was completed in 1822 and regarded as the finest drawing room in Europe.

Rarely open to the public, there is a palpable sense of history as you settle at your mirrored table. Perhaps a tad expensive to make your local, prices are on par (in some cases even more reasonable) that other city restaurants, but you’ll be hard pushed to find a more unique setting to celebrate that special occasion.

And, here’s a tip, visit on a Tuesday and save 15 per cent off your bill by tweeting a picture of your visit mentioning @pommerybar (show your server your tweet before asking for your bill).