Edinburgh: Eating and incentives

From foodie treats to unique incentives, C&IT investigates what Edinburgh has to offer for the C&I market.

Food furore 

The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen, part of the George hotel, opened in October last year, with food focused on Scottish produce and a ‘literary’ de´cor featuring vintage typewriters and classic Scottish novels. The building was the former home of novelist Susan Ferrier and a regular haunt of poet Robert Burns.

Housed within an old Victorian pump house in the Old Town, bar and restaurant The Devil’s Advocate has a mezzanine dining area and a comprehensive whisky menu, with dishes featuring seasonal and Scottish ingredients. Basement venue Copper Blossom, which opened last October on George Street, features a de´cor dominated by flowers and serves both cocktails and dinner.

Inspiring incentives

Wedgwood the Restaurant, on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, offers a ‘wild foraging experience’ for groups of ten and above, where Scottish chef, Paul Wedgwood, leads tours scouring for seasonal produce in the countryside. Groups identify edible leaves, fruit and fungi before returning to the restaurant for a Masterchef-style competition, with each team given a hamper of mystery ingredients to prepare lunch. Get an alternative take on the city’s history, learning about celebrated writers, majestic castles, historic buildings and famous locals with Rabbie’s City Tours, which offers

a private tour in a glass-roofed mini coach convertible seating up to 16. Mercat Tours has devised new group tours of the National Museums Scotland, which reveal the stories found in the galleries, including ‘A history of Scotland in 20 objects’ and ‘What makes a Scot’. 

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