New National Gallery Restaurant Opens Its Doors
- Anna Millar
- 5 October 2009
Scottish foodies have some good news to chew over as the National Gallery’s new restaurant opens its doors and a new cookery school is announced for the capital.
Art lovers have exciting news to nibble on, following the National Gallery of Scotland’s announcement of its collaboration with Victor and Carina Contini, the team behind popular George Street eaterie Centotre. The new look Scottish Café and Restaurant at the National Gallery will open at the end of October in the National Gallery Complex on the Mound. The restaurant will serve Scottish fare on weekdays from 9am–5pm, as well as dinner on Saturdays, with traditional afternoon tea and high tea served from 3–6pm every day.
The restaurant interior will enjoy a facelift courtesy of Scottish design and architecture firm, ANTA. Individually commissioned, hand-woven fabrics, Scottish oak and Caithness slate feature in the redesign, while original oil paintings by Scottish artist Sir William Gillies will also be shown.
Director of the National Gallery of Scotland, Michael Clarke, said of the restaurant opening: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a high-profile and successful company as Centotre. At the National Gallery of Scotland we feel it is particularly appropriate that the cuisine will have a distinctly contemporary and Scottish flavour – to be enjoyed by our visitors from home and abroad.’
Carina Contini added: ‘We are looking forward to showcasing the best of Scottish producers and suppliers.’
In other food related news, former head of Prue Leith’s cookery school in London, Fiona Burrell, is launching her own venture in the capital this December. The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School will offer professionals and amateurs the chance to take part in courses of all levels for all ages. Burrell says it has been a ‘life-long ambition’ to run her own cookery school in Edinburgh, adding: ‘From our state of the art facilities to a wide range of courses, we aim to be the ultimate destination for any level of cook wishing to improve their skills.’