One of Scotland’s leading restaurants, Dominic Jack at Castle Terrace, has opened its doors to guests following a £1m total refurbishment and restructure of the dining room and kitchen area. After a year of planning, the talented team behind the restaurant has revealed an expanded dining space, now with over 70 covers, and a brand new state of the art kitchen, as well as a new Private Dining Room and a unique Chef’s Table and wine cellar.
This year, the restaurant will mark six years in the city, in the enviable location at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. To celebrate, the refurbishment has included a unique mural, hand drawn by famed Scottish artist Nichol Wheatley. The intricate line drawing has been cleverly and carefully crafted on the interior wall of the restaurant. Though the wall conceals views to the Castle, the custom made mural offers guests an artistic vision of the silhouette of the iconic Edinburgh Castle that sits adjacent to the wall.
Castle Terrace Restaurant, led by Chef Patron Dominic Jack, is part of the renowned Kitchin group of restaurants. Since opening, the restaurant has become a firm favourite with locals, as well as UK and international visitors. The recent investment and new interior of the restaurant allows the team to continue innovating menus, accommodate even more diners and cater for special occasions with a naturally lit 16-cover private dining room. A distinctive Chef’s Table and wine cellar will give guests the opportunity to gain an exclusive behind the scenes experience with one of Scotland’s most talented chefs.
The stylish interior of the restaurant has been led by Michaela Kitchin who, alongside Glasgow-based Stephen Paterson of Burns Design, has truly brought the restaurant’s original and enviable Georgian Townhouse features to the forefront in an elegant and bold way. The space evokes tones of rich Georgian Heritage Blue and a touch of glamour with gold velvet chairs, all softened with grey and dark blue tones, tactile wallpaper and fabric coverings. Warmth from two new fireplaces and a new bar front allow guests to enjoy a pre or post dinner drink or coffee.
Fabrics from the Isle of Bute, structured three-dimensional wallpapers from Scandinavian design team BN Wallcoverings, stylish Antique Murano Mirror and leather from Sunbury Design, have all been carefully sourced from Scotland and Scandinavia, to create a lush ambience, with a blend of rustic glamour, drawing on the building’s origin.
A brand new Maestro by Bonnet cooking suite gives Chef Dominic and his brigade of chefs a third more space to continue to evolve the seasonal menus and passion for outstanding menus which the restaurant has been recognised for. The interior of the kitchen with its white brick tiles has been inspired by a typical French restaurant kitchen in a nod to Chef Dominic’s first class training in some of France’s – and the worlds – top restaurants.
Dominic Jack said: “Since we opened it’s been an incredible journey. The restaurant, our business and the team have evolved and grown since we opened and the refurbishment definitely reflects this – it felt like a natural next step. The new space allows us to continue to push for excellence in the service we provide and also allows me and my team to continue evolving our food.
“The complete restructure of the new kitchen space is an absolute Chef’s dream. We’ve introduced the new Chef’s Table to allow a select number of guests to see how our kitchen works. It’s all about taking our guests on a culinary journey. They can see our wine cellar and understand the level of detail and passion that goes into each and every dish we serve our diners.”
Each of the new features will allow the team to maintain the consistently excellent levels of service that are synonymous with the restaurant. The stylish, welcoming ambience will remain, along with the restaurant’s commitment to serving only the very best, fresh, seasonal and local produce in line with the restaurant’s From Nature to Plate ethos.
Gordon Guthrie Contracts Ltd
Gordon Guthrie Contracts Ltd specialise in work in hospitals, schools, restaurants, social housing and work on completing fit outs and refurbishments as well as new build works.
Operating since 1982, Gordon Guthrie has previously worked with The Kitchin Restaurant, Scran@Scally Restaurant, Lothian Health Board, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian Council, Haig Housing, New Club and Forth Bridge Authority amongst others.
Most recently the company worked with Castle Terrance Restaurant in Edinburgh as the Principal Contractor.
Speaking about the project Alan Robertson from Gordon Guthrie Contracts said: “It was important to us to be involved with this project because it is a prestigious project. As a company, we pride ourselves on the quality of our workforce, organisational abilities, quality of the finished product, the fact that we work to very tight time schedules and the innovative work practices that we instil within our workforce, as well as having the experience and capabilities to offer design alterations when appropriate.
“We have a large joiner’s workshop which gives us the flexibility to produce finished joinery work items of an ad hoc nature.”
Specialising in bespoke stainless steel equipment aimed at every sector across the food service industry, RCK Fabrications presents a team comprising expert craftsmen with vast experience in delivering heavy duty project work for some of the most prestigious establishments in the UK. RCK was established by directors George Kidd and Campbell Clark in 2010.
Some of the company’s most bespoke pieces have been produced for the likes of Malmaison, Harvey Nichols and Hotel Du Vin. RCK are strong believers that customers expect nothing but the highest quality of product, and that they should receive nothing but the highest quality of product.
Regarding the company’s involvements with Castle Terrace, Danny Louden, of RCK Fabrications told Premier Hospitality:
“RCK’s brief was to produce stainless steel equipment that would transform the kitchen space into a thing of beauty adding to the overall culinary experience for those lucky enough to sit at the chefs table.
“We are proud at RCK to have installed our industry leading stainless steel equipment to a fellow industry leader, yet again showcasing our capability of producing cutting edge products for a client that demands nothing but the best.”
When asked what the company prides itself on, Danny responded:
“As well as our ability to produce well designed and expertly crafted equipment, we pride ourselves on our long term approach to our clients. We work closely with them, engaging with them every step of the way in the hope of establishing a long term and rewarding relationship.”
Established in 1981, Stonecraft Edinburgh specialise in the supply and installation of natural stone surfaces, flooring, cladding and fireplaces into high end commercial retail markets.
Previous clients of Stonecraft comprises of an extensive commercial portfolio including Edinburgh Waldorf Astoria, Stobo Castle hotel and Spa and LeMonde Hotel. The company has also completed bar surfaces in Hard Rock Café, Weatherspoons Restaurants and many other recognised chains.
The retail sales team at Stonecraft have won orders for many prestigious refurbishments and new build projects all over the country including castles, shooting lodges and private homes. Stonecraft has established long term relationships with leading interior designers and architects, who specify them for the highest quality of finish that they produce from their state-of-the-art factories in East London.
More recently Stonecraft has worked with Castle Terrace in Edinburgh to install fireplaces and fire appliances.
Iain McBirnie from Stonecraft Edinburgh said: “It is important for our company to be associated with successful businesses and those at the very top of their profession. We are particularly proud of reaching the high demands expected from our clients consistently over the long haul.”