Oink for a hog roast roll

“That’s disgusting”, “Oh my God have you seen that”, are just two of the remarks made by people passing by the hog roasted pig on full display in the window of Oink. “Mmmmm looks tasty” was my remark, shortly before joining the queue of other hog roast enthusiasts inside the compact Oink. Simplicity is key at Oink, where you choose a hog roast roll with or without crackling (£4 or £4.25 respectively). The only other choices you will be confronted with are whether to add sage & onion stuffing, apple sauce or chilli relish to your roll. Simplicity itself.

Hog roasted pig in the window of Oink, Grassmarket Edinburgh Hog roast roll with crackling at Oink, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

After successful hog roasting sessions at Edinburgh’s Farmers market Reiver Country Foods opened Oink as their permanent presence in Edinburgh. Victoria St is the perfect site for such a venture and Oink complements the eclectic offerings along this winding hill. Oink has a basic interior, decorated by a plethora of porcelain pigs and pig pictures. The paper plated hog roast rolls can be taken away or eaten inside Oink, either at the short bench or around the window table.

I opted for the hog roast roll with crackling. The 25p for crackling was unwisely spent, as I found it way too hard to eat. The meat was delicious though and I was pleased with the apple sauce and, sage and onion I chose to accompany the meat. Make sure you pick up a plastic fork though: it will get messy! A cold drinks fridge, a few cakes and a range of coffee/tea complete the simple offerings of Oink.

It won’t be to everyone’s tastes but if a hog roast roll takes your fancy, a trip to Oink will make you as happy as a pig in muck.

Oink is located at 34 Victoria St, Edinburgh, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

18 Responses to “Oink for a hog roast roll”

  1. heard about this place

    will deffo check it out

    sure the veggies will love this

  2. To Whom This May concern

    My manager just read a bit about Oink in the paper and asked me to get in touch with you.

    We are a craft bakery on out skirts of edinburgh and we specialise and a wide range of bread items, speciality breads as well as all different kinds of rolls.

    If you would like me to quote you on any of our delicious freshly baked rolls (we deliver 6 days a week), please let me know.

    You can contact me on 0845 618 5305 or 079 208 089 16

    Yours truly

    Carolina Dujardin
    Pastry Development Manager
    Saltire Patisserie

  3. Hi we had a party in Edingburgh catered by The Spitting Pig Company they have a Scottish branch and did a great job.

  4. Great photos. I’ve included your blog in a recent posting “20 Awesome Photography Blogs - Edinburgh Scotland”. Please check us out when you have a moment. Best of luck and keep up the great work!

  5. This place is great. I actually like the cracklings quite a bit, although I agree that they can be somewhat hard to get through. I love restaurants that do one thing and do it very well.

  6. sensational….wasn’t even hungry but walked past this gaffe (oink)n had to check it out, had mine with haggis and apple sauce - what a treat!!! superior crackling…

  7. I’ve had the hog roast roll from Oink’s van at the Castle Terrace farmers’ market. It’s the most delicious sandwich I have ever had, and personally I think that the crackling is essential and no other topping is needed. The meat is beautifully seasoned and aromatic and the crackling gives it essential crunch.

  8. Grandiose!! porcelet rôti servi dans un bun. Excellent. De l’anti Mac Do par excellence. Ca devrait etre obligatoire.

  9. Pretty tasty, but pretty expensive too - it’s up to £4.60 now, and was way cheaper when it opened. You can get a cold one for £2.30, but it’s yesterday pig, and has loads of fat on it. Also, the last time I went in there, the woman who runs the place was really rude to me, for literally no reason at all. Even the other girl who works there was uncomfortable with it. So I won’t be going back now unfortunately. It doesn’t take much effort to be pleasant; it actually takes effort to be rude. Shame. I’ll stick to ‘Hula’ down the road now - tastier, and healthier too.

  10. When we go to Edinburgh our first stop is always a visit to Oink for one of their delicious Hog Roast rolls - there is nothing like it!

  11. What a find, a great place to take the kids for a treat, mine love it and actually ask to go there rather than other places to eat. I love the crackling too!

  12. Oink,we love you!!!!!Superb Hog Roast Rolls.

  13. Dear Customers of Oink,
    We are Scottish Borders farmers Adam Marshall and Sandy Pate who own and operate Oink in Edinburgh. In light of recent negative comments regarding the poor customer service within Oink we would firstly like to offer our sincere apologies to customers and would also like to reassure everyone that we have taken very strong action to ensure that this never happens again. Our customers are our number one priority and we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and expect all our staff whether within Oink itself or at the Edinburgh Farmers Market to offer excellent customer service at all times.
    We work very hard to deliver an honest, quality product to our customers - our pigs are reared on our farms, we cook them in specialist ovens and drive them up to Edinburgh from the Borders each day.
    We really do value our customers and have taken on board this feedback fully, we sincerely hope that you will continue to support Oink and enjoy our quality Scottish product.
    Adam & Sandy

  14. Dear Adam & Sandy,

    What a nice posting. I became a “regular” at Oink during my first visit to Edinburgh for the Fringe this summer, and I found the customer service friendly and efficient at every visit. As an American who is very familiar with Southern-style pulled pork sandwiches, I have to say that your version is without a doubt the best I have ever had. I will be consuming mass quantities of Oink sandwiches when I return to the Fringe next summer!

  15. My boyfriend and I went to Edinburgh for the first time last year. We planned our day, including meals, OINK was the only place we considered for lunch after reading about it in a Sunday paper (The Times, I think). We’re due to have a return trip at Easter and can’t wait to taste the most delicious Roast Pork sandwich to grace the plant. Everyone should try it on a visit.

  16. I disagree, i think the ‘customer service’ is rubbish and that adam and sandy are talking rubbish. Poor quality of food, poor service. I won’t be going back.

  17. Pork Sizzler Bonanza Fest on April 14th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I DISAGREE, I DISAGREE with Brian Johnsons comments above thats what I disagree with. I doubt he has ever even been to Oink, I certainly have been to Oink many times and I have never ever experienced what he claims to have. You will not find a better place in terms of customer service, and as for the food. Its PORKTASTIC. I once went to a farm in the borders with my pal Douglas and I tasted organically hand reared pork done on a spit and it was comparible to Oink. Oink off Brian.

  18. We walked past OINK last Saturday at lunchtime and stopped in for a sandwich. Pork with haggis and chili relish on a brown roll; it was heaven on a bun. The staff were friendly, the place was clean and they clearly care about their food. I would travel back to Edinburgh just to eat there again!

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