Edinburgh-based restaurant The Kitchin has reopened its doors following a major renovation and expansion.
Celebrity Chef Tom Kitchin and his wife Michaela welcomed their first guests on Friday 23rd January 2015, following extensive work to update and expand the offering in Leith.
Since opening in June 2006, The Kitchin has become a firm favourite with locals, as well as visitors from across the world, showcasing a menu which boasts the very best, fresh seasonal, local produce to guests each and every day. The recent work that has been conducted at the restaurant has seen a number of features added to the site – including an exclusive private dining room and a temperature controlled wine cellar – all with the aim of enhancing the dining experience for guests.
Tom Kitchin, said:
“Eight years after opening this was naturally the next step and it is incredibly exciting for the entire team. The new space not only allows us all to grow, but more importantly it enhances our guests’ experience. Our customers are so loyal and it is their support that has allowed us to take this step. The expansion is a thank you to them and will make their visit to Leith even more special and memorable.
“In Scotland we are blessed with one of the world’s most enviable natural larders and this continues to inspire all of my menus.”
Michaela Kitchin, said:
“A while ago we felt it was time for us to do something which would further enhance the offering at The Kitchin, especially as we were out-growing the space, so when the opportunity came along to take over the building next door the timing seemed perfect.
“We are so proud of the way we have organically grown the business and have been investing back into enhancing the interior of the restaurant from day one. We really wanted to embrace Scotland in all we do and bring our ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy into our interiors, as well as our food and service.”
Tom and Michaela took over the connected building in October 2014, kick starting an extensive renovation which has truly transformed both the dining and back of house areas of the restaurant. Edinburgh-based contractor Gordon Guthrie Contracts Ltd carried out the work on the project and since The Kitchin reopened the feedback has been extremely positive.
“The feedback has been fantastic. Possibly the most rewarding feedback we’ve had is from the guests who tell us that it still feels very much like The Kitchin, only better. We have literally changed everything, yet we have still retained the heart of the restaurant.”
The newly expanded property – which has doubled the size of The Kitchin – continues to provide diners with an incredible eating experience. Guests to the new restaurant can see Tom and his team in action through a unique window to the kitchen, whilst the striking interior creates a warm and welcoming ambience.
The interior design of the restaurant was led by Michaela Kitchin who together with Glasgow-based Stephen Paterson of Burns Design has truly brought the restaurant’s ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy to life. Guests are taken on a journey through Scotland’s stunning landscape displaying a harmony of various textures and materials beautifully presented with a striking designer lighting scheme throughout.
Stripping back the building to showcase a number of original features, the newly refurbished restaurant displays original stone and brickwork from its historic use as a whisky bond. Horse and carriage archways have been exposed, adding character and bringing the original interior back to life.
“The design has a real Scandinavian-Scottish blend, incorporating a great mix of materials and textures. We knocked back so many walls and discovered so many original features – we are now letting the building really speak for itself.”
A medley of textures, tweeds, tartans and tiling, combine to bring warmth, comfort and style to the interior blending together Scotland’s best natural resources with a hint of Swedish-born Michaela Kitchin’s Scandinavian heritage. Fabrics from the Isle of Bute, wallpapers from Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties, and much more have been carefully combined to create a cool Caledonia feel.
Discussing the importance of the project, Michaela said:
“The kitchen space has doubled, so my husband now has a lot more room; we’ve increased the dining room, we’ve installed a wine cellar and we’ve added a whiskey snug. The work has given us that little bit more space, which is great for the guests and the staff, and it is good to know that this renovation has come from an organic growth in the business.”
For more information about The Kitchin, please visit: www.thekitchin.com.
Tom Kitchin, one of Britain’s leading chefs, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and his culinary CV extends from early training at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel to experience garnered working with some of the world’s most renowned chefs and restaurants.
Tom has become well-known on television, having appeared on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, UKTV Food’s Market Kitchen, The Great British Menu as well as headlining BBC series, The Chef’s Protégé in 2013. Tom has also joined some of the UK’s most renowned chefs as a judge at the MasterChef Chef’s Judging Table on a number of occasions.
In March 2013, Tom and fellow chef Dominic Jack opened The Scran & Scallie alongside the management team behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant.
The pub, which is located in Stockbridge Edinburgh, presents a warm, family-friendly atmosphere, and showcases menus developed by Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack of simple, affordable dishes executed to perfection. The Scran & Scallie follows the ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy the teams at The Kitchin and Castle Terrace Restaurant have become renowned for.
Tom’s passion for produce, seasonality and cooking is almost fanatical and is reflected in his books From Nature to Plate: Seasonal Recipes from The Kitchin (2009) and Tom Kitchin, Kitchin Suppers (2012). In June 2012, Tom Kitchin also received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University for his significant contribution to Scottish Food Culture.