After a six month restoration in 2018, one of Edinburgh’s most magnificent Old Town venues promises a welcoming, relaxed experience to suit all tastes and occasions, with the authentic charm of its interior which dates back to 1905.
Set within the Scotsman’s former advertising hall, the spectacular double height space will seat 150 covers across its ground floor and balcony, filled with light, character and beautiful period features.
Original walnut wood panelling, marble pillars and ornate cornicing have been carefully brought back to life by interior specialist Jim Hamilton, and mixed with elegant new furnishings and accessories to create a stylish but informal ambience. Speaking of the design concept of the Grand Café, Jim said: “A key element was in making sure we created a very socially inclusive space, that was openly inviting to all customers and it was key to create a striking first impression as there is a huge amount of traffic passing by the front door. The ground floor is very much in the mode
of a continental café and is very relaxed and we have fused an interesting mix of loose furniture pieces with the stunning original décor which gave us an incredible starting point. It was key though not to be too reverential to the existing interior or we could have ended up with the existing architecture being too powerful for re-invention of the Grand Café. We think the balance has worked out just about right and customers get to enjoy a relaxed, cosy environment whilst enjoying afternoon tea or an early evening cocktail”.