Edinburgh’s Newest Restaurants & Hotels
24 January 2022
Planning a trip to Edinburgh this year and looking for somewhere special to stay and dine in?
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From buildings with a rich history transformed into deluxe hotels, to restaurants combining the best of Scotland’s natural larder with mouth-watering worldwide flavours, there’s a tantalising selection of new hotels, restaurants & bars in Edinburgh to choose from.
Read on for some suggestions to start 2022 in style……
New Places to Dine
Whatever your tastes and budget, every corner of Edinburgh offers diners a delicious selection of places to wine & dine. So, why not give the cooker a night off and try one of these fabulous new eateries – your tastebuds will thank you!
Duck & Waffle
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They already have restaurants in London and Hong Kong, and in 2022 Duck & Waffle are due to open in Edinburgh, their first UK restaurant outside of London.
Located on level 4 of St James Quarter, with a terrace overlooking the entrance, Duck & Waffle are known for their inspired take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emphasizing local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. With dishes that are designed for sampling and sharing, it’s the perfect place for catching up with family and friends.
Johnnie Walker Princes Street
Since opening in autumn 2021, Edinburgh’s newest visitor attraction, Johnnie Walker Princes Street has been wowing visitors with eight floors of immersive exploration through the 200-year old history behind the world’s best-selling Scotch whisky.
With spectacular views across to Edinburgh Castle their 1820 Rooftop Bar offers a stunning location for morning coffee, midday meals & refreshments, or an expertly crafted cocktail in the evening. Using the best of locally sourced ingredients, the menu is designed around the four corners of Scotland, and their four single malt distilleries of Cardhu, Glenkinchie, Caol Ila and Clynelish – so you can be guaranteed something not only delicious, but also unique.
Or why not unwind in the relaxing space of Bothy Bar with a range of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes all designed to accompany the delicious drams on offer.
The newest offering from The Bon Vivant Group, Luckenbooths opened on the Royal Mile in October 2021.
Taking its name from the timber fronted tenement buildings whose ground floors housed the city’s first shops or luckenbooths, this family friendly restaurant offers the very best in Scottish produce across its all-day menu. Whether you’re popping in for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, expect satisfying, crowd-pleasing dishes such as Tweed Valley Beef Burger and Haggis & Swede Pie.
Looking for al-fresco dining? Their heated all-weather terrace is the perfect spot to soak up the atmosphere of the Royal Mile and watch the world go by, whilst tucking into a coffee & croissant, a leisurely lunch or delicious dinner.
Bonnie & Wild
With an unrivalled range of food stalls to choose from, Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace in St James Quarter is Edinburgh’s first food hall and brings together some of the best independent food and drink producers Scotland.
Within one easily accessible venue, Bonnie & Wild showcases more than a dozen independent restaurants, bars and shops, alongside three bars, a private dining area and events space.
Diners have the luxury of not being not restricted by a single menu - choose from melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken, award-winning burgers made from the finest Scotch beef, fresh seafood, hand-made sourdough pizzas, gorgeous patisseries, imaginative plant-based dishes, luxury gelato, Scottish craft beers, gins and whiskies, and much, much more. Whatever your tastes, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone with a love for beautiful, high-quality food and drink.
Newly opened in August 2021, Radge Chaat is a new street food venture by chef Tony Singh.
A familiar face on UK television, Tony offers Scots a taste of Indian street food by introducing them to ‘chaat’ - a savoury snack which originated in India and is often served from roadside stalls or food carts.
Serving from one of three colourful shipping containers at 5 West Tollcross, Radge Chaat is open every Thursday-Saturday from 12-10pm.
Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay’s first restaurant in Edinburgh, Bread Street Kitchen and Bar opened in November 2021.
Open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks, diners can expect classic Gordon Ramsay dishes, from beef wellington and traditional fish & chips to rare-breed steaks and delicious seasonal salads. Executive Head Chef, Dan Ashmore will also be adding a local flavour to the menu, working with local suppliers to serve the best of Scotland’s natural larder.
An Edinburgh institution, Hendersons was opened in 1962 by Janet Henderson, before sadly closing its doors in 2020. However, continuing the legacy of producing wholesome vegan and vegetarian food made with fresh, organic, local and sustainable produce, Janet’s grandson, Barrie reopened a new restaurant in September 2021.
Now located in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield, the all-day menus reflect a modern approach to the vegetarian and vegan dining experience. Returning customers, eager to see their favourite dishes, like the famous Hendersons haggis and classic salad plates, won’t be disappointed. But expect new exciting dishes as well, including starter of pumpkin and blue murder cheese ravioli with browned butter, crispy sage and toasted pumpkin seeds, and a dessert of buckwheat, pistachio and brambles s’more cake with white chocolate and whisky sauce.
Bar + Block
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If a sizzling tender steak is your meal of choice, be sure to pay a visit to Bar + Block, which opened on Princes Street in December 2021.
Serving your steak exactly how you like it, their menu features classic steaks reared from British and Irish Angus breeds hand-cut to your desired size, as well as a range of ever-changing cuts, burgers, grills and salads.
Why not make the most of the weekend and indulge in their Sunday roast, available from 12pm each Sunday.
New Places to Stay
You want somewhere comfortable to lay your head after a day’s sightseeing and shopping in Edinburgh, and the good news there’s a variety of places to choose from. In 2022 many old buildings are taking on a new lease of life as they open their doors as deluxe hotels – why not book now and be one of their first guests!
For the first time in its 96-year history, iconic sporting & country estate, Gleneagles, is expanding its brand beyond the Perthshire hills to open a vibrant new townhouse hotel in Edinburgh. Gleneagles Townhouse will be opening in spring 2022 and will be home to a 33-bedroom hotel, an all-day restaurant, lively member’s club and rooftop bar.
Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings on St Andrew Square (previously home to the British Linen Bank which later became the Bank of Scotland), guests can expect timeless charm mixed with all of today’s necessities. Original fireplaces and panelling have been reimagined with fresh colours whilst maintaining their authentic features and modern artworks by local Scottish artists decorate the walls.
The W Edinburgh Hotel
With stylish guestrooms, stunning suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite), The W Edinburgh Hotel is due to open in winter 2022.
Situated in the heart of St James Quarter, which opened in the summer of 2021, this 12-storey hotel will offer a vibrant environment for both guests and locals.
The hotel’s rooftop spaces will also feature a lively destination bar, chef’s table and outdoor terrace, offering guests stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city’s skyline.
Virgin Hotel Edinburgh
The first Virgin Hotel in the UK and across Europe opens its doors in Edinburgh in spring 2022.
Housed within India Buildings, a mid 19th century building on the city’s popular Victoria Street, the hotel will retain many of the buildings original features, as well as featuring some stunning new designs.
The hotel will have 222 Chambers and several dining and drinking outlets, including the brand’s flagship space, Commons Club.
100 Princes Street Hotel
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Its first hotel in Scotland, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is opening 100 Princes Street in Edinburgh in June 2022.
Paying homage to the buildings rich history (in the 19th century it was Dejay’s Hotel, then later Windsor Hotel, before becoming The Royal Over-Seas League in 1929), the building will have original features alongside modern touches, including a central staircase with hand-painted mural inspired by the adventures of several great Scottish explorers.
This small but perfectly formed hotel will have 30 guest rooms & suites and will focus on service with an "anything, anytime" approach.
Doghouse Edinburgh Hotel
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Well known for the beer, brewing giants BrewDog are now open in Edinburgh, offering guests an unforgettable hotel experience combined with a love of craft beer.
All rooms at Doghouse Edinburgh Hotel feature a king size bed, walk in waterfall shower, artisan tea & coffee, record player, guitar and a fully stocked mini-bar.
Housed with a former Victorian schoolhouse, the carbon-negative hotel has 20 apartment style rooms, as well as a bar, restaurant and outdoor terrace. And ensuring none of the family miss out, they’re also dog-friendly and will provide dog-beds and treats for your furry friends.
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