Teuchters Landing has renovated Rennies swing bridge in Leith transforming it into a walkway and customer terrace which now runs across the timber bridge, overlooking the Water of Leith.
It gives Teuchters a new outdoor seating area after the previous area closed nearly 5 years ago. The bridge, a category A listed bridge and one of three remaining in the world, was built in 1800 and is owned by Forth Ports. Teuchters have not only leased the bridge but paid for the full refurbishment which they believe makes it the only licensed bridge in the UK.
Teuchters director John Tindal told DRAM, “We’ve been wanting to do this for 15 years! It’s taken 4 years in planning and 6 months to complete. We got our licence for the bridge in March of this year and opened it in July… just as the rain arrived!
“During the first covid lockdown we changed our business model to one kitchen, spanking new loos, outside bar and a huge covered area. This has been a huge investment and it’s paying off! It has given us an extra 200 covers a day….when sunny! Myself and Peter Knight my business partner are really chuffed.
“We used all local tradesmen to refurbish the bridge. We open for breakfast at 10am and serve good fast fresh local food until 9pm and the vast majority of our beers are local with a vast array of whisky too.”