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Esslemont Restaurant and Mac’s Pizzeria

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The Esslemont Restaurant and Mac’s Pizzeria

The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant and Mac’s Pizzeria, situated in the former Esslemont and Macintosh building has officially opened to the public, following a six-figure transformation. The McGinty Group officially took it over. The hospitality group, which now operates eight pubs, restaurants and hotels in Aberdeen, has recently completed a significant refurbishment project which will see it occupy and transform the ground and first floors of no.38 Union Street.

Boasting a stylish new look throughout, The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant will offer a relaxed and sophisticated dining experience with a modern yet classic menu with a creative twist, complemented by quality produce, superior service and a stylish ambiance. The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant boasts a fine menu full of classy dishes such as venison mine, beef Ragu, duck breast and butternut squash risotto. And for starters; smoked salmon and prawn and avocado timbale, wild mushrooms on toasted ciabatta, and buffalo mozzarella. There is also a salad, grill and fish menu, and of course dessert. The restaurant will seat up to 100 people with a luxury glass-fronted private dining for 12, accompanied by a contemporary bar perfect for laid-back lunches and pre or post dinner drinks.

Meanwhile, Mac’s Pizzeria will serve up a relaxed vibe with authentic Neapolitan pizza at its core. The upstairs 120 seater restaurant will feature an open kitchen with bespoke pizza oven to serve up classic Neapolitan pizza all freshly prepared on site with the finest genuine ingredients used in keeping with the Neapolitan style. Mac’s also features sharing tables and a semi-private area for group bookings and kids parties up to 14.

Led by the award-winning, Nicoll Russel Studios, the venue has been completely transformed from its former glory but takes inspiration from its past as one of the finest department stores in Aberdeen, with nods to its historic character with a contemporary twist throughout.

Allan Henderson, Director of The McGinty’s Group, said: “We are delighted to officially open The Esslemont and Mac’s Pizzeria. This project has been our biggest to date and it has been amazing to see the building transform into our vision and bring this landmark building back to life. With two concepts in the one building, we are aiming to appeal to a wide audience whilst creating something new and exciting for the city, alongside helping to reinvigorate our main thoroughfare, Union Street and increase footfall. We can’t wait to welcome the people of Aberdeen and visitors alike.”

The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant will be open 7 days a week with food served all day. Bookings can now made online at or by email on

Mac’s Pizzeria will operate a walk-in system on a day-to-day basis. For groups of more than 8, tables can be reserved by email


SIR Joinery Ltd

SIR Joinery Ltd is a joinery manufacturer and building contractor, specialising in bar and restaurant refurbishments, officer fit outs and all types of bespoke joinery manufacturing.

The company has been in operation for 8 years but boasts a team with over 35 years of experience in the industry. SIR Joinery has been involved with a number of high-profile projects during this time, including fitting out the new P&J offices with Transform and Vovem restaurant in Aberdeen.

More recently, the company was chosen by The McGinty’s Group as the main contractor for the transformation of the former Esslemont and Macintosh building. This encompassed carrying out structural work as well as the manufacture and fitting of bars, seating, display units and flooring.

Steven Reid, Manager, said:

“This was our biggest project to date for The McGinty’s Group, having worked on 4 other projects for them. I was delighted that they chose me to carry out this high profile project.

“As a company we pride ourselves in carrying out high-quality work with a team of dedicated employees and sub-contractors, as well as working closely with architects, designers and clients to ensure projects are complete on time.”

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