Grand Café at the Scotsman opens its historic doors


On June 28, one of Edinburgh’s most magnificent Old Town venues will reopen to the public as Grand Café at the Scotsman following a six-month restoration.

Set within the Scotsman’s former advertising hall, the spectacular double height space will seat 150 covers across its ground floor and balcony.

Original walnut wood panelling, marble pillars and cornicing have been carefully brought back to life by interior specialist Jim Hamilton, and mixed with elegant new furnishings and accessories.

Dundee-born Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Chris Niven has formed a new seasonal menu using ingredients sourced from a selection of Scottish producers.

The drinks menu, created by head bartender Andy Cummings features modern Scottish craft spirits and creative serves.

The Grand Café will stay open until 3am every night. Live piano music will be played on the balcony baby grand, with in-house pianists taking requests into the small hours.

There will also be regular entertainment on offer for guests, including live jazz, drinks and canapés until late every Thursday.

Grand Café at the Scotsman general manager Kenny Arnott said: “Our whole team is very excited to be welcoming guests into the Grand Café at the Scotsman in the weeks ahead.

“We are confident that it will be a wonderful new addition to Edinburgh’s buzzing bar and restaurant scene.

“Our customers can enjoy the relaxed, friendly vibe of café culture with a fresh and simple menu full of quality Scottish sourced ingredients.

“We also feel exceptionally lucky to be setting our new venture in one of Edinburgh’s finest historic buildings, with an interior that is full of incredible period detail, bringing a magical sense of the Scotsman’s great past but with a very modern ambience.

“Grand Café at the Scotsman is open from early morning for breakfasts and coffees until very late for drams, bar snacks and live piano, and everything in between.”

Pictured: Executive head chef Chris Niven and head pastry chef Philippa Baker.

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