Framed by the deceptively plain stones of the former Scotsman building, Brewhemia’s welcoming exterior doesn’t quite prepare you for the spacious opulence and design flair within. Occupying what once housed The Scotsman newspaper’s many printing rooms and offi ces, Brewhemia is a superb establishment that’s fully deserving of the rave reviews it receives. Inside you’ll find six themed areas ranging in style from the cosy classiness of the Boudoir cocktail lounge and the relaxed atmosphere of the Bothy to the vast and thriving Taproom, ensuring that all manner of patrons are catered for.
We sought the convival warmth of the Bavarian-themed Beer Palace for a Bluesy Brunch – so called for the accompaniment of thrumming strings of the 12-Bar Brews playing live on the recessed bartop stage. Inspired by traditional beer halls, the space was embellished with statement chandeliers and wooden benches, complementing the brass and copper fixtures and impressive tanks of sweetly scented beer.
We opted to start with warming pea soup accompanied by sourdough, and the ham hock terrine, which struck the perfect chord with harmonious piccalilli lending a gentle heat to the subtly seasoned ham. From the sandwich selection, The Ultimate Cuban provided the perfect main course for my dining partner and saw a rich combination of cured ham, pulled pork and Loch Arthur Cheddar slathered in mustard and pickles and bound with toasted white bread. Combining the best of Cuban influences with locally sourced ingredients, this was a real highlight. The American-inspired Old Town Stack presented me with a generous portion of light, fluffy pancakes sprinkled with pistachios, pecans and berries and paired with temptingly sweet candied rashers of smoked bacon. The only fitting way to round off such a lunchtime extravaganza was to order a Bloody Mary, which was seasoned expertly. Brewhemia excels in every area, from the exquisite food and drinks to the convivial atmosphere and impeccable service. A visit to this unique venue is a must.