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Bar à Vin - Wine Bar Edinburgh


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Bar à Vin - Wine Bar Edinburgh


The latest edition to Edinburgh's family of l'escargot restaurants, bar à vin is an authentic French wine bar on Queensferry Street. A thoughtful list of hand-picked wines and carefully selected, seasonal cheeses and charcuterie from artisan French and Scottish producers are at the heart of bar à vin in the West End.

With vintage French drink adverts on the walls and old pastis bottle lights hanging from the ceiling, bar à vin is a quirky spot for lunch, an after work glass of wine with nibbles or a leisurely get together with friends over a couple of bottles and a generous platter of charcuterie.


 

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Escargot restaurants


‘Bar à vin’ is the last addition to the l’escargot restaurants’ family in Edinburgh.

Escargot restaurants


‘Bar à vin’ is the last addition to the l’escargot restaurants’ family in Edinburgh.

Fred Berkmiller is chef patron of bar à vin and l’escargot restaurants. L’escargot bleu opened on Broughton Street in 2009 and l’escargot blanc, which sits above bar à vin, launched shortly afterwards. They are family-run restaurants with Fred's partner Betty overseeing front of house.

Fusing classic French technique and carefully sourced Scottish ingredients, l’escargot restaurants feature regularly in lists of Edinburgh’s best restaurants. In addition to appearing in the Michelin Guide each year, l’escargot restaurants have won many awards.

Fred has also earned much acclaim. He is particularly proud of being given the Special Award at The List’s annual Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2014. The Special Award recognised Fred’s commitment and contribution to Scottish food culture. Similar criteria saw him awarded the title of ‘Food Pioneer’ at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016.

From a snail producer on the Isle of Barra to Perthshire Wagyu cattle farmers, Fred regularly visits his suppliers and works with them to get the most from their produce.