Edinburgh's Atrium closes its doors and Hawke & Hunter opens a new dining room

Goodbye to Atrium and hello to Mark Greenaway

Scottish food news February 2011

Surprise and sadness fell over the Edinburgh restaurant scene last week with the news of the closure of Andrew and Lisa Radford’s Atrium and blue restaurants in Saltire Court, above the Traverse Theatre. From stylish, avant-garde beginnings 18 years ago to committed contemporary champions of local producers, the restaurants were regular award-winners and Hit Listers in our Eating & Drinking Guide, nurturing grounds for many successful chefs and hospitality careers, and fondly regarded dining spots by many Edinburgh residents and visitors. After struggling through four years of Usher Hall rennovations, the Radfords describe the closures as ‘pragmatic’, and, optimistic about the future, tell us that ‘something new will come about’.

Hawke & Hunter, the club, venue, bar and lounge on Picardy Place in Edinburgh, has just opened a new signature dining room, Restaurant Mark Greenaway. The chef trained in Australia and other parts of the UK, and plans to create a splash with ‘Progressive British’ food, ‘utilising seasonal local produce and the best of head-to-tail cooking’. www.hawkeandhunter.co.uk