New restaurant opens at site of old RBS

Inside the new restaurant
Inside the new restaurant
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A high-end steak restaurant has officially opened in the Capital, on the back of a seven-figure investment and marking the brand’s first site north of the Border.

Hawksmoor is officially opening for business in the banking hall of the former Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters on the ground floor of luxury accommodation and social hub The Edinburgh Grand in St Andrew Square.

Will Beckett, co-owner of the new restaurant along with Huw Gott, told the Evening News that the latest move, with about £2 million invested in the launch, came as they “just really like the idea of trying to open great restaurants in great cities, Edinburgh is very clearly one of the great cities in the UK”.

The 170-cover restaurant sits in an A-listed building and includes a bar made with panelling from a grand Glaswegian townhouse as well as produce sourced from a cattle farmer on the Isle of Mull.

It has about 50 staff, with Beckett aiming for this to reach about 70, and marks the latest addition to the “cuisine quarter” in the area, which includes The Ivy, Dishoom, Gaucho and Vapiano.