Scottish novelists toast new Edinburgh restaurant

Edinburgh restaurant The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
L-R: head chef Colin Fleming, Lin Anderson, Doug Johnstone, Jenni Fagan, waiter Suru Oke, Chris Brookmyre, Sue Lawrence, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, restauranter Des McDonald.

A host of highly acclaimed novelists – Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, Sue Lawrence, Doug Johnston, Jenni Fagan and Lin Anderson – attended the opening of the Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on 22 October 2015.

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on George Street, Edinburgh, nods to the capital’s rich literary heritage. In the 1780s, number 25 was home to novelist Susan Ferrier and in the late 1840s John Oliphant.

Oliphant and Ferrier’s descendants founded Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses.

It is the first venture in Scotland for ex-Ivy head chef and former CEO of Caprice Holdings, Des McDonald, whose London restaurants include Vintage Salt, Q Grill and Holborn Dining Room at London’s Rosewood Hotel.

Printing Press Kitchen & Bar interior

Lanarkshire-born Colin Fleming has been appointed as head chef for the new 180-seat restaurant & bar.

Fleming will create seasonal dishes using the finest ingredients Scotland’s larder has to offer.

“Our ambition is to create a distinctive food offering in Scotland’s capital.”

Suppliers of the “simple yet sophisticated menus” include Buccleuch Beef from the Queensbury Estate at Drumlanrig Castle game, including Perthshire wood pigeon from Campbell Brothers, who have 100 years of butchery experience and use a Josper grill to create a coal charred flavour, Slip soles caught off the coast of Peterhead and Loch Duart salmon from the Scottish Highlands.

The drinks menu, using an array of local spirits, fresh ingredients and home-made infusions including one for the brave-hearted, a fiery Auld Mahoun – a mixture of Ocho tequila and Heering cherry liqueur charged with ginger beer and topped with a fresh chilli over ice.

Rye-based cocktails also feature throughout the drinks list – combining rye with Lagavulin 16 year-old malt to create a smoky flavour brought to life by the addition of pink peppercorns.

The bar will showcase a rolling list of guest ales and spirits, considered wine list and selection of single malts.

The Printing Press will open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a late –night bar and comfort food menu open until 1am.

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, 21-25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB.


0131 240 7177

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Signature dish (seasonal): Spatchcock Borders grouse served with red cabbage and brambles.
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The cocktail menu is studded with cleverly crafted mixed drinks. For gin lovers there’s the Blackwoods Bramble – combining Blackwoods Shetland gin, crème de mure and steeped blackberries, muddled over shaved ice and served in striking tanker style glassware.



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