Mac and Wild – A Taste of Scotland in London

Scottish food is renowned for its high quality and so when I heard about new restaurant Mac and Wild, focusing on the finest Highland cuisine, I couldn’t wait to try it. Co-founder Andy Waugh has good form having previously established Wild Game Co, which scooped “Street Food of the Year’” in the 2012 Young British Foodies Awards. In fact, Mac and Wild’s Venimoo burger has just won Number 1 Burger in the UK at the National Burger Awards. Andy’s parents have a successful business supplying game in Ardgay, an hour from Inverness and the tables are made from trees felled from their estate. Located in foodie Fitzrovia on Great Titchfield Street, Mac and Wild is a really cosy space with intimate candlelight. When we visited on a Monday evening, there wasn’t a spare table in the house, so it’s wise to reserve as we did.

The walls are adorned with Mac and Wild’s very own range of whisky cocktails, which are beautifully packaged and certainly looked tempting. They hold monthly whisky tasting sessions with a specialist speaker.

However we opted for a red wine to complement our meal – a robust Montevanno Crianza 2009 from Spain with notes of dark berries, coffee and a pleasing long finish.

One of the things I liked about Mac and Wild is the simplicity of the menu. You choose from less than 10 mains and although they are specialized in meat, there are some vegetarian and fish options. However the main attraction here is undoubtedly the wild game. All the game and venison is wild and originates from the estate in Ardgay. Mr Luxe chose the venison tartare with turnips and fresh egg yolk. It had a great consistency and tenderness. I don’t normally eat steak tartare but even I liked the little piece that I tried.

It was a cold evening and I decided to start with a warming bone broth. Served in attractive earthware bowls decorated with thistles, the broth is available either as a “wee plate” or a larger bowl to which you can add chili, featherblade steak, barley or cep tea. I went for the latter and really enjoyed the hearty taste of both the ceps and the bone broth itself.

Next up were the mains and the award winning Veni-Moo. There’s a beef patty and a venison patty, served in a tasty brioche bun with béarnaise sauce, caramelized onions, and cheese. I can certainly see why it is so popular, it has oodles of flavour and doesn’t feel at all heavy. The hand-cut chips were very moreish too.

We chose a healthy leafy salad with beetroot and heritage tomatoes to go with our mains, which was nice and fresh.

My main, the venison chateaubriand was a triumph – easily the best venison that I have tasted – super soft and yet with a satisfying salty crust. You can choose béarnaise sauce, bone marrow gravy or red jon sauce to accompany it. I chose the latter as it’s the name of an infamous character in TV show The Mentalist, sadly no longer on our screens.

After the main course, I took a peek at the atmospheric downstairs bar and restaurant which was just as full as upstairs…

before we tackled the selection of Scottish cheeses, crackers, homemade chutney and celery.

We just left enough room for the grand finale, a wonderful sticky toffee pudding with fresh cream. It wasn’t overpoweringly sweet as some of these can be, just light and airy and a lovely way to end our meal. The evening brought back fond memories of our last trip to the Highlands. Run, don’t walk to this outpost of Scotland in London, just remember to book first!

Mac and Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, London, United Kingdom, W1W 7PS

  • Looks like such a lovely place!
    Beauty Candy Loves

  • The venison looks perfect!

  • Love the look of the funky decor, what a cool place to find!

  • Agness

    Love the green salad and the wine!! Seems like a perfect place for a romantic dinner! :)x

  • Paola

    Great pics and delicious food!
    Happy Easter darling!
    xo Paola
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  • Such a wonderful place! The food looks great! Good wine is always a good idea for me!
    Happy Easter!

  • Linzi Clark

    This looks mouth-watering and just what’s needed for the end of winter. Interested to see bone broth on the menu which is very on-trend in the healthy eating circles.

    • I’ve heard that and I’ve read mixed reviews about how effective for health it really is but in any case it tasted delicious!

  • The ambiance and food looks perfect especially if you would love to try a different food.
    Love this place.

    Have a great day!

  • The hand-cut fries and the cheese platter look divine! I wish you a wonderful Easter weekend!

    • Thanks Anouk, we’re on a staycation at the moment – hope you had a good one!

      • Enjoy your staycation!

  • That place looks amazing and the food would love to try

  • Now I know I need to try this place out.
    Interesting style of photography.

    • Glad you like the photos Laura, it was rather dark in there due to the atmospheric candlelight!

  • Elshakrist

    What a beautiful restaurant, the vibe looks so homey and warm. You got a very nice blog, I love it! 🙂

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    • That’s very kind, I’m so glad you enjoy reading it – congratulations on the new form that your blog is taking as a lifestyle journal!

  • This looks outstanding from the food to wine and decor! The food looks particularly delicious!

  • The place looks so cool

  • Awesome place. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day!

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  • Completely booked on a Monday night is a good sign 🙂 The sticky toffee pudding looks delicious – I’m all for talk of Scotland as I’m visiting for the first time next month!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Ooh you’ll have an amazing time in Scotland, Gabrielle! Looking forward to seeing your travel and style posts from there

  • Lucy

    I really like when restaurants know exactly what food they want to serve, are good at it and don’t deviate. It’s better to do less but be good, rather than lots which is poor Lucy x

    • That’s so true and it means that the food they have is super fresh! Hope you had a good Easter

  • Is it bad that it was hard for me to look away from the food? LOL. I just couldn’t look away because everything looked absolutely delicious.

    Kia / KTS

  • I love the food and wine it seems so good and I really like the decoration of the restaurant very unique and different

  • Ellie Adams

    Meat and sticky toffee pudding, yes bloody please!! This looks like such an atmospheric, cosy place, perfect for date night!


  • the italian glam

    I have to try Scotish food, my dear, I must admit these pics are very tempting…
    thanks for your priceless London tips

  • I love that you are letting your TV viewing habits decide the difficult questions when it comes to dining out and sauce 😉

  • NOM! Super keen to try Mac and Wild as a meat lover and having heard such great things – best burger in the UK surely needs to be devoured ASAP! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What a lovely place. Scottish food is so often overlooked it is nice to have a restaurant that celebrates it