Reopening of refurbished North Bridge venue confirmed for early summer 2018
Well that is our spring break over and the SFR team is renewed and refreshed after a busy winter. We have sifted through the piles of emails (which someone forgot to put the Out of Office on) and found some truly wonderful news of openings and developments in the Scottish food and restaurant arena to look forward to as the days grow lighter and the rain a little warmer.
On of our favourites is definitely the news that the wonderful North Bridge located Scotsman building is about to have it's old Advertising Hall re-invigorated as an exciting new addition to Edinburgh's vibrant restaurant scene, with an independent dining and drinking venue set to open this summer.
Hotly tipped Scottish chef and Masterchef: The Professionals knockout week finalist Chris Niven has been unveiled as Executive Head Chef of The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar. Chris is currently building his team and developing a delicious, accessible all-day menu, which will showcase his love of vibrant dishes with bold flavours, made with the best seasonal Scottish produce.
The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar will open its doors to guests after an extensive restoration, which will bring the beauty and traditional features of this historic Old Town building – opened in 1905 as the home of Scotsman newspapers - into the modern age.
Details of the interior design and menus are still under wraps, however the new venue promises to mix the historic past of its setting with the buzz of a vibrant contemporary café and bar. Chris is building a fifteen-strong kitchen team to help him craft unpretentious dishes which will take diners from early morning breakfasts and coffees through lunches, afternoon teas, dinners and all the way to late night cocktails and drams.
The ambitious Dundee-born chef (34) is a champion of carefully sourced Scottish ingredients and of the local Scottish restaurant scene. He is proud to have been mentored by some of Scotland’s best chefs in award-winning kitchens up and down the country throughout his career.
Having trained in Professional Cookery at Dundee College, Chris followed his passion for food with junior positions at a number of local hotels and restaurants before heading to St Andrews to work in the kitchens of the Golf Hotel, The Old Course Hotel and The Adamson.
He gained experience of menu development as Senior Sous Chef for the opening of Malmaison Dundee, before moving back to St Andrews for a spell at the two rosette restaurant at Rufflets Hotel. Chris then moved to Edinburgh to the renowned Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club as Executive Sous Chef, where he was in charge of two restaurants and up to 500 breakfasts each day. Latterly he has been Head Chef of the Printing Press Bar & Kitchen in Edinburgh’s George Street. During his tenure there, he progressed to the final stages of the 2017 Masterchef: The Professionals TV competition – an experience he describes as ‘stressful but incredible’- given he was cooking for some of his culinary heroes including Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti.
Commenting on this latest challenge, Chris said:
Joining Chris at The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar will be Kenny Arnott, who takes up the role of General Manager. Full plans for the launch will be unveiled in the coming weeks, as work continues behind the scenes to lovingly bring this former Scotsman public office back to life and we certainly can't wait to hear more as things progress!