Edinburgh Brewery (New)

Business: Thomas and James Bernard

Location: Edinburgh

Type: Brewery

Thomas and James Bernard commissioned the building of the Edinburgh Brewery in 1887, to designs by Hippolyte Jean Blanc. It consisted of an office block on Slateford Road, finished in dressed freestone from the Polmaise Quarry, and a complex of brewery buildings with a frontage of 500 feet, and a depth of 600 feet, built around an oblong quadrangle.

A fire broke out shortly after the works were completed in 1888 which destroyed the malt store, £5,000 worth of malt, and a considerable amount of valuable machinery. Fortunately the company still had the old Edinburgh Brewery in the Canongate, and business was not materially affected while repairs were undertaken. The brewery continued in operation until 1960, when Thomas and James Bernard Ltd was acquired by Scottish Brewers Ltd. Part of it was later converted into a bonded warehouse by the North British Distillery Company, who also produced malt on the site.

Map of 1893 showing the layout of the new Edinburgh Brewery
Map of 1893 showing the layout of the new Edinburgh Brewery
© National Library of Scotland, 2017

Active: 1887 - 1960

Address: Slateford Road

Status: Part survives

Current Use: Modern hosuing development and conversion of offices to residential use

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc


Edinburgh Brewery (New)
This view shows the brewery offices in the 1960s.
© John Hume, 2017


Much of the site has been cleared for a modern housing development, but the former offices still stand, converted into private residences.

Other Sources of information

Books and periodicals

Barnard, A. The Noted Breweries of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. III .London: Sir J. Causton & Sons, 1890.