Gemma Cairney, broadcaster




The Observer

Summerhall gallery bar, Edinburgh The gallery bar in the heart of a place I think of as “Charlie’s chocolate factory” (though for culture rather than sweets) is somewhere I’ve watched fast become a space of delight since it reopened under new management in January. It’s become a pop-up space for knitting groups, life-drawers and book lovers to meet round a gigantic communal table, where you can wrap yourself up in a blanket, sip on coffee or soup to an Ethio-jazz soundtrack. You may spot a live cellist one afternoon, a fiddlers’ jam the next, plus there’s a regular spoken-word open mic night and a pub quiz with sign language. It’s a truly special spot and it has captured my heart.