Operators back campaign to promote Edinburgh hospitality

MICHELIN Star chefs and independent bar and hotel operators are among those backing a new campaign to promote Edinburgh’s hospitality sector over the festive season.

The Taste Edinburgh campaign encourages Edinburgh residents to purchase online gift vouchers for Edinburgh bars, restaurants and hotels as Christmas presents for friends and loved ones in order to support the city’s hospitality industry and help venues survive the winter.

Industry supporters include Michelin Star chefs Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart; James Thomson from Prestonfield House Hotel and The Witchery; Carina Contini from Contini George Street, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at The Scottish National Gallery and Cannonball Restaurant on Castlehill; and Signature Group owner Nic Wood.

Other participating businesses include Civerinos, Fingal, 21212, Timberyard, Fhior and The Westroom.

Kitchin said: “Supporting Scottish hospitality has never been as important as it is this year. Buying a hospitality gift voucher is a contribution which makes a difference to not only a restaurant and its team but to the whole supply chain of fishmongers, butchers, veg growers, florists, taxi drivers and so many others.

“Helping your local hospitality business means supporting many people and their livelihoods. Any contribution is welcome and appreciated.”

Contini said she hopes in 2021 the public will “fall in love with dining out again”.

“Gifting a voucher for a restaurant is like giving a hug to your community,” she said.

“The restaurant, the suppliers and their team will all be so grateful for your purchase.

And Wood said that by purchasing gift vouchers the public is “helping that venue get through what is going to be a very tough winter”.

Vouchers are for sale through individual venue websites or centrally at www.tastecommunications.co.uk/taste-edinburgh