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First Published: 9 October 2020 12:44
Updated: 9 October 2020 14:07
The Little Chartroom
Where: 30 Albert Pl, Edinburgh EH7 5HN
The Little Chartroom is an award-winning neighbourhood bistro, in Edinburgh, run by Great British Menu finalist, Roberta Hall-McCarron and her husband Shaun McCarron.
From tomorrow night at 6pm the restaurant will be offering an “at home” meal delivery service every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until they can re-open on Thursday 29 October. The three-course set menu is paired with a bottle of wine and priced at £65 for two people. The menu will change weekly and comes with instructions on how to reheat at home (where necessary). The team have increased their delivery capacity and have struck up a partnership with Mothership HQ to offer delicious pre-batched cocktails.
From Friday 9th October, the restaurant’s pop up on Portobello Prom will also re-open again after a successful summer of trading. The Little Chartroom On The Prom serves up a tasty BBQ takeaway menu. The new opening hours will be Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Roberta said: “It’s quite a daunting time, the support that was mentioned is really unclear and will leave a lot of businesses worried until more information is announced. I think this is even worse than the initial lockdown, back then we had the full furlough scheme and decent government support packages. I am not really surprised by the announcement as many other countries are testing this too. We will be keeping our delivery service going and offering everyone who has booked in with us over the next two weeks a takeaway meal. We will also be re-opening our pop-up, The Little Chartroom on the Prom this weekend. This will help us keep our staff and our heads above water.”
Wedgwood the Restaurant
Where: 267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ
Wedgwood’s, as it is known locally, is a fine dining restaurant owned by husband and wife, Paul and Lisa Wedgwood. The restaurant works with many local producers to serve up innovative dishes with a Scottish flare.
It will continue to offer its home delivery service, that was set up in mid-March, serving the people of Edinburgh, West Lothian and East Lothian. The menu aligns with the restaurant offering; using the best ingredients that Scotland has to offer. The menu will be priced at £22.50 for three courses or courses can be ordered individually. A special main course and cheese course has been added to the evolving menu. Like all Wedgwood menus, this will change on a regular basis. Customers can place an order for delivery or collection Thursday – Sunday.
Paul said: “I am completely shocked by today’s announcement. I was gearing up for further restrictions to be announced, however a full closure has taken me by surprise. There’s going to be a lot of worry throughout the industry until the government announce exactly what support packages will be available. It would be useful to get clarity on the furlough scheme, without an extension this could lead to further redundancies. We will still be operating our takeaway service that we launched in mid-March, we are in a lucky position as we do have quite a few loyal customers who have supported us the whole way through.”
Where: 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4HQ
Stuart Ralston’s first restaurant, Aizle is one of Edinburgh’s best loved eateries. Aizle gained huge popularity as the first restaurant in Edinburgh to offer a surprise tasting menu. Diners are privy to only a list of local, seasonal ingredients which feature in their six-course dinner.
Aizle will be launching a home delivery and collection service on Saturday 10th October. The four course menu that has been designed to finish at home is priced at £70 for two people. Orders will be delivered between 2pm - 5pm on the customers chosen day. All collection orders are to be collected at its sister restaurant, Noto.
Where: 47a Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY
Edinburgh chef, Stuart Ralston’s Thistle Street restaurant, Noto, which is inspired by his time working for Gordon Ramsay in New York, will be offering a click & collect service over the two-week closure.
The menu, which has a strong Asian / New York influence using Scottish ingredients features indulgent small and large dishes. Stand out suppers include North Sea crab, warm butter with seaweed brioche and Beef tartare, yuzukosho, egg yolk with grilled focaccia. Customers can order online, and pick up their orders after 6pm daily or from 5pm on a Saturday.
Stuart said: “I understand that they need to curve the spread but it’s another shot in the heart for the hospitality industry. I feel that this will be a tipping point for a lot of businesses, that probably won’t make it through the winter due to loss of revenue. I launched a takeaway at Noto this week which will hopefully help us through the two-week closure.”
“Even though Aizle is located in a hotel and can still operate for residents, I am making the decision to close. Alcohol accounts for 40% of our revenue, we pair wines with the menu that really adds to the experience. I can’t take the risk of staying open for just hotel residents. Our payroll is too high to operate anything less than a fully booked service. I am trying to avoid redundancies and making sure my staff’s livelihoods are secure.”
Where: 10 Gillespie Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4HS
Edinburgh’s only Japanese owned and run restaurant, Harajuku Kitchen is firmly rooted in authentic Japanese comfort food with recipes handed down by owner Kaori’s family.
It will be continuing to offer its delivery and collection service, serving its award-winning menu featuring customer favourites including Aubergine katsu curry and Takoyaki. The restaurant will now offer a weekend lunch time takeaway service between 12 – 3pm from Friday – Sunday. Its evening takeaway service starts from 4:30pm every day of the week.
In addition, you’ll be able to catch them serving hot food at the Grassmarket and poke bowls and onigiri at the Stockbridge Market
Where: 19 St Leonard's Ln, Edinburgh EH8 9SH
Opened in 2019, Holyrood Distillery is the first single malt whisky distillery in the heart of Edinburgh for almost 100 years. The newly launched Courtyard bar has to shut this Friday for two weeks, however the popular distillery tours will still be going ahead with social distancing measures in place. The distillery will continue with its collection and home delivery service, offering a range of packages including the Picnic gin package.
The distillery is also still giving whisky lovers the chance to “find your flavour” with its custom-made whisky programme. Samples can be delivered, and consultations conducted online to work with the Master Distiller and to select the malted barley, yeast, size, and type of oak cask, to create a bespoke single malt whisky just for you. Whether you like to smoke, sherry, fruity, sweet, or spicy styles, they will help you find your flavour.
The Real Food Café
Where: Tyndrum, Crianlarich FK20 8RY
The multi award-winning Real Food Café is known for its home baking and award-winning fish and chips.
It is located on the A82 within The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, at the gateway to some of Scotland’s most popular walking destinations. The café has been given the green light to open the indoor seating area from 7:30am – 6pm daily. It will operate a click & collect takeaway service from its website using the car park as its ‘Front of House’ from 6pm – 9pm each evening. All click & collect orders will be delivered to customers’ car boots and for those on foot, orders will be placed on the outside tables for collection. Along with non-contact bins for waste collection an outdoor handwashing station for customers has been installed.
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