The Lamb of Tartary pub to be 'unrecognisable' from NQ bar

Well that didn't take long.

The radiators at Cottonopolis have hardly had time to cool down before the announcement this morning (11 January) that the grade II listed building will be transformed into a pub by the Edinburgh Castle team. 

The Lamb of Tartary (weird pub names are always the best) will open in February as a public house and grill, offering an all day dining menu and promising a 'slightly more casual affair'.

The Lamb of Tartary will be a slightly more casual affair whilst still championing the produce and suppliers we’ve spent the last year or so building up

The dining menu will be made up of British seasonal dishes across brunch, small plates and Sunday roasts as well as grilled meat and fish, and aims to be 'both comforting and exciting' 

Shaun Moffat, Executive Chef of The Lamb and Edinburgh Castle said: “It’s an exciting time for the team to be working on this new project at The Lamb of Tartary. We all loved Cottonopolis and will miss it dearly, however, we are looking forward to launching this new concept to fall in line with the success we’ve achieved at the Edinburgh Castle.

“The Lamb of Tartary will be a slightly more casual affair whilst still championing the produce and suppliers we’ve spent the last year or so building up. We will continue to utilise the best produce to create new favourite dishes and modern takes on classics, and as a result allow us to offer an exciting food & drink concept.”

2024 01 11 Lamb Of Tartary Logo
The fun and unusual new logo Image: The Lamb of Tartary

In further good news, The Lamb will be showing key sports fixtures throughout the year including the UEFA Euros 2024 (wey!), Wimbledon (wey!) and the Rugby Six Nations (yawn).

Fuelling all this summertime sporting revelry will be 24 different beers on tap, including Manchester Union Lager and Cask Beer from Buxton Brewery and Mobberley Brewhouse. 

From its unusual name (see feature box below) and logo to the fact it's not afraid of football, The Lamb of Tartary sounds to this writer and pub man like a very promising addition to the Northern Quarter and the city's historic pub scene. 

I'll see you there.

The Lamb of Tartary: name explained

The Lamb of Tartary comes from an old tale where people believed that The Lamb came from the cotton plant. It was believed that The Lamb was a living member of the plant attached to it by a stem, similar to an umbilical cord, that propped the lamb above the ground. The Lamb would be able to graze the grass around the plant for food.

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