Hyde and seek: Edinburgh’s stylish destination for coffee and cocktails

Hyde & Son bar and lounge Edinburgh

Hyde & Son is a stylishly designed destination for coffee and cocktails within Edinburgh aparthotel Eden Locke

By daytime, Hyde & Son in Edinburgh is the place for first-class coffees and teas but, by night, it becomes a destination for cocktails – especially those with a caffeine kick. This Jekyll-and-Hyde coffee bar and lounge has opened in an 18th-century Georgian building next door to Tigerlily hotel and bar at the western end of George Street as part of new design-led 72-room aparthotel, Eden Locke. It follows the success of the 168-room Leman Locke which opened in Aldgate, London, last year – home to two food and drink spaces, Treves and Hyde.

Aimed at both aparthotel guests and non-residents, Hyde & Son has again been designed by New York-based Grzywinski + Pons. Conceived as an “urban escape”, it features wide spaces and expansive windows, with a base of sorbet-shade pastels and soft botanical tones. The seating is an eclectic mix of giant floor cushions and naturalist rattan seating, offset by vibrant, modern lighting, bold geometric tables in brushed gold and tropical botanicals.

Open from 7am weekdays and 8am at weekends, Hyde & Son evolves through the day, staying open till 11pm Monday to Saturday and 6pm Sundays. Its core offering of artisan coffee and rare and exclusively sourced teas has been put together by a team led by the group’s head of coffee, James Wise, the 2017 global Coffee Masters champion. Coffees come from Edinburgh’s ethical and organic roasters Fortitude as well as independent London brands Volcano Coffee Works and Assembly. Teas are from British family-run brand Lalani & Co, including small-batch teas Matcha Gold, Moondrops 1st Flush Darjeeling and Gold Leaf Black. To complement these, there are plenty of freshly made cakes and pastries from Edinburgh bakery Twelve Triangles as well as smoothies and fresh juices.

For alcoholic beverages, they have brought in bar manager Ben Stewardson, with a menu that reflects Hyde & Son’s commitment to coffee, featuring brands such as Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur. As well as a classic Espresso Martini, you can enjoy a Hyde Negroni, with the sweet vermouth replaced by a coffee liqueur, or a Black Magic made with coffee liqueur, passion fruit, mango, orange and cucumber. Alternatively, there are coffee-free specials such as Dr Jekyll’s Daisy with tequila, Aperol, grapefruit, lime juice and house-made grenadine.

The bar stocks a good selection of wines from around the world and spirits from Scotland, including whiskies, as well as craft beers from Clackmannanshire brewer Harviestoun. From the hot drinks and pastries to the cocktails and spirits, every element has been chosen for its high quality, James explains. “Our never-ending quest for the perfect brew or the perfect cocktail means we never sit still. We’re always tasting, tweaking, experimenting and discovering.”

Hyde & Son, Eden Locke, 127 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JN

Hyde & Son bar and lounge Edinburgh

Originally published in the October 2017 edition of Bar magazine.

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