August News Shorts

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in: News

Have a wee read of our news shorts from August!

No Hyding on George Street

Hyde & Son Coffee Bar and Lounge has opened up within Eden Locke aparthotel in Edinburgh’s New Town. (Pictured above)

Aparthotel guests and locals alike are welcome at the George Street venue, which serves both artisan, ‘third wave’ coffee along with carefully curated selection of spirits and whiskies, plus craft beers laid on by local supplier Harviestoun.

Hyde & Son was designed by the same architects that were behind Eden Locke itself, New York firm Grzywinski+Pons.

2017 Global Barista Champion James Wise is Hyde & Son’s Head of Coffee.

Eden Locke opened in June and is Locke Hotels’ second venture, the first being Leman Locke in Whitechapel, London.

Tamburrini links up with Macdonald Hotels

Paul Tamburrini, one of Scotland’s most respected chefs, is to open his first venue in collaboration with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini is scheduled to open at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh this autumn following a £250,000 investment. The 80-cover venue will feature Tamburrini’s trademark – French cuisine made from the finest Scottish ingredients.

Glaswegian Tamburrini has nearly 30 years’ experience in the industry and has worked at Rogano, Cameron House, Restaurant Martin Wishart in Leith, Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens and The Honours Brasserie.

He said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The management at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts approached me with a really exciting proposal to combine their position as the UK’s largest independent hotel group with my ambition to open a restaurant in my name. Being part of a hotel environment is second nature to me and I’m very proud to be taking this next step in my career.”

It’s the latest step forward by Macdonald Hotels in their drive to bolster the quality of their food and drink offering, having appointed other respected chefs Tony Borthwick and James McCulloch Thomson at Macdonald Rusacks Hotel and Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa respectively.

David Ramsden Opens The Fat Pony

Bread Street, Edinburgh is now home to The Fat Pony wine bar, David Ramsden’s latest project.

The wine list focuses on the Old World but also features a popular orange wine offering, while the menu includes

Scottish/Asian fare created by former Devil’s Advocate chef Scott Wyse. The Fat Pony is described as a sibling to The Dogs, another successful outlet owned by Ramsden in the Capital, and the premises have an interesting past life to say the least having once been a sex shop!

Standout design features include fluorescent bar stools, exposed floorboards and equine ornaments.

Agenda 87

Agenda 87 bar on Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow has been bought over and will reopen as Hickory Steakhouse Shawlands.

The sale was facilitated by Christie & Co and the new owner is Iain McGregor. The 80-cover outlet’s big selling point will be steaks cooked on a hickory wood grill but there will also be a cocktail bar on the mezzanine.

Monadh Kitchen

Monadh Kitchen is a new Scottish-style restaurant which has opened in Bearsden. The Kirk Street restaurant, owned by Martin Thliveros and Sharlene Harvey, has been getting great reviews since opening. The restaurant, on the site of the former Brasserie 19, offers say the owners ‘seasonal produce cooked with care and served with heart’.

Fishers Hotel

Renovation work is well underway on the Fishers Hotel in Pitlochry. The hotel, which was damaged in a fire at New Year, is now undergoing a £2m renovation and repair process with Select Contract Furniture providing all the new bedroom furniture for the hotel which is increasing its room numbers by 30 to 140. Jeff Taylor, Sales & Marketing Director of Select, said, “Fishers Hotel has been in business for nearly 200 years and we are delighted to be working with such an important contributor to Scotland’s tourism industry.”

The renovation also includes the creation of a new 150-cover restaurant.

Five Guys

Burger business Five Guys opened two new restaurants in Edinburgh last month. They included one in Frederick Street and one in Fountain Park branch. It is now the fastest growing restaurant chain in the UK.

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Fri 16th March 2018

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Three in a row for Buzzworks as it makes The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2018 list … again

Wed 14th March 2018

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Positive news from Tennent’s as market share and revenues grow

Wed 14th March 2018

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Design Focus: A new era for The Kirkhouse in Shettleston

Thu 8th March 2018

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Design Focus: Malones Irish Bar Edinburgh

Wed 7th March 2018

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Maxxium UK rebrands to Edrington-Beam Suntory and relocates to Glasgow

Wed 7th March 2018

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Six by Nico gets set for Edinburgh launch

Thu 15th February 2018

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Hanoi Bike Shop: Dog lovers urgently required for First Dates

Wed 7th February 2018

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Buzzworks celebrate 9.2% rise in profits as turnover hits £14.8m

Tue 30th January 2018

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Fri 26th January 2018

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Strong performance from Diageo but Smirnoff see sales dip

Thu 25th January 2018

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Top 5 Malt whiskies to celebrate Burns Day

Thu 25th January 2018

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Burns didn’t die of alcohol, more matters of the heart

Thu 25th January 2018

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Scotland rules!

Thu 25th January 2018

Scotland’s most famous man is Robert Burns. But there was a somewhat murky side to our famed poet. It’s well documented that he had 13 c... Read more.

Burns painting turned out to be a bargain!

Thu 25th January 2018

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Isle of Arran partners with Burns Unbroke

Thu 25th January 2018

Isle of Arran Distillers is sponsoring Burns Unbroke, a brand new multi-arts Robert Burns Festival. The event which takes place at Summerhal... Read more.

Whyte & Mackay sponsors 2018 Glasgow Comedy Festival

Wed 24th January 2018

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A gin that celebrates Byron

Wed 24th January 2018

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What are your predictions for 2018?

Tue 23rd January 2018



Tue 23rd January 2018

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