Edinburgh’s first food and drink marketplace begins recruitment


EDINBURGH’s first food and drink marketplace has now started recruiting for its new site.

The marketplace set to comprise of restaurants, stores and bars are looking for people who want to work for the flagship marketplace.

The space based in St James Quarter, will open in Spring 2021  and aims to show the “best of Scotland’s larder”.

Ryan Barrie - Food and Drink News Scotland
Bonnie & Wild’s Bar Operator and On-Trade Consultant


The market place will comprise of eight restaurants, four retail outlets, and three bars.

Four retail spaces will comprise of  a butcher’s shop , fishmonger’s, bakery and bottleshop. 

Bonnie & Wild, led by CEO Charlie McAlpine, has already appointed bar operator and on-trade consultant Ryan Barrie.

Mr Barrie said: “This is the first wave of jobs for this fantastic and unique space that will show off the best of Scotland’s larder.

“Alongside the three bars showing off the breadth of Scotland’s brewing and distilling excellence will be eight food concessions from some popular names known for the quality and excellence of their produce.”

Once a senior management team is in place, Bonnie & Wild will be recruiting for more than 50 posts, including bar and other front of house staff.

Mr Barrie added: “I’m personally all too aware of the very difficult circumstances that people and businesses within the on-trade are facing right now.

“I’m therefore feeling deeply excited to be part of the Bonnie & Wild Marketplace project.

“As well as creating jobs, the Marketplace will provide a number of Scottish food and beverage businesses the opportunity to be part of the exciting new St James Quarter.”


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