The Printing Press on George Street – New Edinburgh Restaurant

This looks like my kind of place, sadly I won’t be able to make the launch but will be sure to try it out in due course!

This week sees the opening of new Edinburgh Restaurant, The Printing Press (Thursday, 22 October).

Situated 21-25 George Street the name alludes to the literary heritage of the address – number 25 was home in the 1780s to the acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier, the equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns was a frequent visitor; late, in 1840, records show one John Oliphant living there – and Oliphant’s and Ferrier’s descendants founded Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, one of Scotland’s most prestigious publishing houses.

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The Printing Press Bar & Restaurant, Edinburgh

The vision for the restaurant has been developed by one of London’s most respected restaurateurs, Des McDonald. The Printing Press is the first venture in Scotland for the ex-Ivy head chef and former CEO of Caprice Holdings, whose London restaurants include Vintage Salt, Q Grill and Holborn Dining Room at London’s Rosewood Hotel. For Edinburgh, Des has enlisted the talents of Lanarkshire-born Colin Fleming as Head Chef for the new 180 seat restaurant and bar.

“We set out with a clear vision to create seasonal dishes that are bursting with flavour and reflective of the local produce found on Scotland’s doorstep,” says Des. “We’ve achieved that goal by working with a variety of handpicked suppliers who meet our exacting standards.

Sea Bass at The Printing Press Restaurant, Edinburgh

Sea Bass at The Printing Press Restaurant, Edinburgh

One of the menu’s signature dishes is the Spatchcock Borders grouse, served with red cabbage and brambles. The game is supplied by Campbell Brothers, who bring more than 100 years of butchery experience, and is unconventionally prepared using a Josper grill to give a unique coal charred flavour. Served with sweet brambles, foraged from the forests of Scotland, this combination creates a beautifully satisfying dish.

Slip soles caught off the coast of Peterhead and cooked on the bone with a squeeze of lemon and dose of butter create a simple, fresh dish of irrefutable quality that’s served alongside brown shrimps and capers.

Blackwood's Bramble at The Printing Press Bar & Restaurant, Edinburgh

Blackwood’s Bramble at The Printing Press Bar & Restaurant, Edinburgh

The Printing Press menu is also home to a range of delicious starters including Perthshire wood pigeon sustainably sourced through Campbell Brothers, which sits on the plate alongside colourful heritage beetroot and seasonal hazelnut crowdie.

“Good food is at the very heart of what we’re doing and we want the plates we have created over the last few months to give our guests a great experience. We have an extremely talented team and access to stand-out ingredients – so cooking for our guests will be an absolute pleasure.”

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen

21-25 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB  

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