Holyrood Distillery will open an outdoor bar and street food courtyard for the summer

The Courtyard will open on WednesdayThe Courtyard will open on Wednesday
The Courtyard will open on Wednesday
Holyrood Distillery Courtyard Bar is to provide an outdoor food and drink experience this summer.

The first single malt distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years will open the Holyrood Distillery Courtyard Bar to provide an outdoor food and drink experience from Wednesday for the rest of the summer.

Opening on July 15, in partnership with Scottish brewer Innis and Gunn and Pizza Geeks, the distillery’s courtyard just off St Leonard’s Lane will be transformed into a relaxed al fresco bar and street food space.

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The bar will serve up Innis and Gunn draught beers and the full range of Holyrood Distillery’s award-winning gins and gin liqueurs, Scotch whiskies and a selection of weekend cocktails.

Alongside the bar, Pizza Geeks will be serving their handmade Neapolitan inspired pizzas, straight from the oven.

The Holyrood Distillery Courtyard Bar be open Thursday to Sunday from noon until late, and will welcome visitors until at least the end of August.

Service will initially be table-service only, with card-only transactions and no pre-booking will be required.

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‘Grouped’ seating for up to six people from one household or bubble, or up to four people from two different households or bubbles will be available. Children will be welcome in Courtyard Bar with their family group until 7pm and tables will be protected from inclement weather by parasols.

Head of visitor experience at Holyrood Distillery, Debs Newman said: “Holyrood Distillery was conceived with a focus not just on innovation and great flavour, but also the visitor experience in mind, so whilst it’s too soon to consider re-opening our five-star distillery tours, we are really looking forward to welcoming friends and first-timers into our distillery home, for something new; and in a safe and well-managed outdoor environment.

"This summer is about working together with other food and drink producers in the city, allowing everyone to come together and support a local industry we should be proud of: whether that’s a pint of Innis and Gunn, a slice of some of the best pizza in town or one of the distillery’s top notch gins or liqueurs.”

The Distillery Shop will also reopen on Wednesday where visitors can choose bottles from the full range of Holyrood’s gins, whiskies and liqueurs, as well as a selection of Innis and Gunn lagers and IPAs, and a range of merchandise. A pre-order, click and collect service will soon be available at the Holyrood Distillery website.

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Holyrood Distillery started distilling in September 2019 with a focus flavour and innovation.

The 180-year-old building has been thoughtfully renovated to produce gin, liqueurs and whisky. While cask ownership programmes are to be announced for 2020, the whisky itself will be available after a period of maturation in the coming years.

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