The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen officially opened last month in Edinburgh. The new George Street bar and restaurant, part of The George Hotel, saw restaurateur, Des McDonald (far left), famed for his role as head chef at London’s renowned Ivy, and his role at the Caprice Group join Andreas Maszczyk, general manager of The George Hotel, and Laurie Nicol, director of operations – Scotland for Principal Hayley, to welcome some of Scotland’s literary elite, including crime writer Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, Sue Lawrence, Doug Johnstone, Jenni Fagan and Lin Anderson to the venue, which pays homage to the capital’s rich literary heritage: number 25 was home in the 1780s to the acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier and in late 1840 records show one John Oliphant living there – Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants founded Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses, best known for the series of Famous Scots books.
Des McDonald has helped shape every aspect of The Printing Press – including the concept design and menu.
Now, the elegant, all-day, 180-seat restaurant and bar is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a late bar serving food and drink till 1am. Look out for our design feature next month.