The management team behind Michelin star establishments The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant will reveal a brand new pub in Stockbridge this Spring. The venue will open in the former San Marco Restaurant on Mary’s Place on Comely Bank Road and will see one family run business take the reins from another.
The pub is set to compliment the local area’s vibrant food and drink offering and the team will draw on their culinary flair, expertise and local supplier relationships, to present a warm, family-friendly atmosphere matched with affordable, freshly prepared, home-cooked dishes using the very best local produce. The third venue from the expert team’s impressive restaurant portfolio is set to open seven days a week and will follow the “From Nature to Plate” philosophy the teams at The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant have become renowned for, but will present a more informal destination than their other venues.
The new offering will see two of the city’s top Michelin star chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack come together to develop menus of simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection, showcasing their expertise, passion and knowledge of the best suppliers in Scotland. Local beers and drinks menus will also feature heavily at the neighbourhood pub where the front of house will be overseen by experienced restaurateur Michaela Kitchin and Food & Beverage Director Philippe Nublat who have both played a vital role in the success of The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant.
One of Scotland’s leading restaurants and Edinburgh-based Chef Patron Dominic Jack has been awarded with the most coveted accolade in the culinary world.
Castle Terrace Restaurant in Edinburgh was awarded with a Michelin star on 6 October after being tipped by Michelin as a Rising Star earlier this year. Despite only being established for just over a year, the restaurant has continued to show growth, flair, outstanding customer service and an increasingly ambitious and innovative menu – all delivered to perfection by Chef Patron Dominic Jack.
Chef Patron of Castle Terrace Restaurant, Dominic Jack said: “It has been an unbelievable first year and every day we learn and progress. I’ve imagined what it must feel like to hold a Michelin star since my early days working in some of the top Michelin restaurants in Paris so it’s incredibly rewarding to have received this recognition. The entire team here at Castle Terrace is overjoyed with today’s news.
“For me, a Michelin star restaurant is somewhere special and ultimately our guests will take home memories of the high standards of their entire dining experience which we strive towards every day.”
Philippe Nublat, who is Food and Beverage Director at Castle Terrace Restaurant and The Kitchin, said: “The support of the entire team has been outstanding, from the vital roles of our front of house team, led by Restaurant Manager Ross Hunter, to the perfection and dedication of the whole kitchen team. We have already managed to build a great collective of loyal customers and we’re now completely focused on showing our diners we truly deserve the accolade.“
Scottish ‘Michelin Rising Star’, Castle Terrace Restaurant was awarded the prestigious Newcomer Award at the annual Catey Awards earlier this month, beating competition from restaurants throughout the UK to win the coveted accolade. The title reaffirms the Scottish restaurant’s status as one of the finest young establishments on the UK’s dining scene.
The award is the fifth big achievement of 2011 for Chef Patron, Dominic Jack and the team at Castle Terrace. In January the restaurant was recognised with a highly regarded ‘Michelin Rising Star’, true testament to the talent and commitment to quality of service shown by the entire restaurant team. The recognition was quickly followed with three other Scottish newcomer awards in 2011.
Beating off UK-wide competition from the industry’s leading food and drink establishments, Castle Terrace Restaurant is flying the flag for quality, fresh, seasonal Scottish produce. Previous ‘Newcomer’ winners include Michelin-starred restaurants Texture in London, The Nut Tree Inn in Oxon and sister restaurant The Kitchin.
The judges commented on the award winners: “Our winner is a restaurant that delivers the “nature to plate” philosophy that so many aim at, and one that is arguably setting new standards in one of the most competitive locations in the British Isles. This restaurant has already caught the attention of Michelin, and is widely tipped to pick up its first star next year. And one of the reasons it is doing so well is that the kitchen is under the talented guiding hand of chef-patron Dominic Jack.”
Commenting on the award, Chef Patron Dominic Jack says: “We have only been open for a year and in that time we have picked up a number of awards. It’s always rewarding to be acknowledged by customers and industry peers but to receive this national award is a real honour and we hope it will help to put Scotland and our enviable natural larder firmly on the culinary map.”
After working with Michelin starred restaurant, The Kitchin for over two years, Stripe Communications has been appointed to launch the Leith-based restaurant team’s second venture – Castle Terrace.
Set in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Castle Terrace’s Chef Patron, Dominic Jack, will be serving up a menu of Scottish classics with a French influence. Using the highest quality, freshest produce Scotland has to offer, Castle Terrace will reflect the same philosophy renowned at The Kitchin – ‘From Nature to Plate’.
The restaurant also offers diners a chance to gain an exclusive insight into a working kitchen. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of champagne or aperitif adjacent to the kitchen, witnessing the chefs at work and the precision, concentration and passion that goes into creating each dish.
Castle Terrace is the first solo venture from chef patron Dominic Jack, who is supported by the management team of award-winning restaurant The Kitchin, and fellow chef and friend Tom Kitchin.
Dominic has a long-standing friendship with Tom Kitchin, after the pair met aged just 18 where they began their careers at the world-renowned Gleneagles. Following a number of years working in some of the most renowned restaurants in the world with legendary chefs; a path similar to that of fellow chef, Tom Kitchin, Dominic returned to his hometown of Edinburgh in 2008 and has spent the past two years working with The Kitchin team to forge relationships with the country’s best producers and source a suitable location for the new restaurant.
Stripe’s remit is to manage the launch reception and an on-going food influencer and media campaign.