The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen opened on Thursday 22 October 2015 and marked the arrival of a new landmark restaurant for Edinburgh. It was an incredible opportunity to completely revamp a stunning space – bringing to the fore a range of stunning architectural details using a fresh design perspective. Sara Cosgrove, Design Director on the project, worked with award-winning interior architects Goddard Littlefair and restaurateur Des McDonald on every detail of the scheme, from architectural restoration to paint finishes, lighting design to final touches such as the vintage typewriters and classic Scottish novels.
The restaurant on George Street nods to the capital’s rich literary heritage. 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.
The opening of The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s George Street marks the significant restoration of a listed Georgian townhouse and the creation of an elegant, destination restaurant as part of the multi-million-pound investment in The George Hotel.