A Grand addition to Edinburgh

A NEW restaurant set in one of the Scottish capital’s most iconic buildings will open its doors to the public tomorrow (June 28).

Located in the Scotsman building on North Bridge, The Grand Café at the Scotsman is set in the title’s former advertising hall and has been restored over the last six months.

Said to draw influence from the neoclassical ‘Grand Cafés’ of Europe, the 150-cover venue is described as offering “welcoming, relaxed drinking and dining”, serving a selection of popular and modern dishes, that incorporate Scottish seasonal produce, created by former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Chris Niven.

The venue will open for early breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas and dinner as well as staying open until 3am every night, with live music played on a baby grand piano by in-house pianists from 10pm.

Kenny Arnott, the venue’s general manager, said: “Our whole team is very excited to be welcoming guests into theGrand Café at the Scotsmanin the weeks ahead, and 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 exceptional quality Scottish sourced ingredients, packed with dishes to suit everyone, at any time of day.

“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.”