By Angela Green, Content Executive, H&C News: Small plates, wine & good times now open on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
The Black Grape Restaurant and Wine Bar has opened on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile.
With an emphasis on quality locally sourced produce, the sharing-style menu is designed for sharing at the table, or simply to enjoy with a glass of wine in the bar.
Divided into sections of meat & game, fish & shells, raw, small plates, sides and snacks, the menu presents flavour combinations from head chef Owen Morrice. Accompanied by an extensive drinks list, including sixteen original cocktails, and wines from esoteric producers.
The 60-cover venue is split over two levels, with the bar occupying the street-level entrance area, where a communal 10 seater table takes centre stage. Seating is also available at the terrazzo-topped bar and individual high tables. Up a few steps, yet still visible from the bar, the bright and airy restaurant features a discreet private booth and elegant half-moon banquettes of soft lichen green leather that look out over the Royal Mile.
The Black Grape is the first restaurant venture from Murray Ainslie and business partners Stuart Hunter, and Cameron Taylor. Murray is experienced in the Edinburgh hospitality scene, having launched and operated a number of bars and restaurants during 12 years with Compass Group.
Murray commented: “Creating this unique offer has been a fantastic experience for Stuart, Cameron and me. It is a culmination of years of dining out and socialising together and we’re very proud of it. We’ve created an experience inspired by some of our favourite restaurants across the world. Each drink and dish has been carefully considered and we aim to recreate the amazing buzz that the best bars and restaurants offer. Whether you’re joining us for a glass of wine and a small plate, or feasting with a group of friends, we want you to feel at home.”
The Black Grape
240 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AB
Monday to Friday: 3pm – late
Saturday / Sunday: 12pm – late