Chef Duo to open a second bar and restaurant in Stockbridge

Heron duo spread their wings with additional site in Edinburgh

Chef patron duo, Tomás Gormley and Sam Yorke, are to open their second restaurant, Skua, in Edinburgh this Spring. The new restaurant will be on St Stephen Street in the city’s Stockbridge area and will open Thursday – Monday, 5:30pm until 12am. Tomás and Sam will be in both the Heron and Skua kitchens, alongside chef de partie Aran Lowry.

Tomás said,

“We wanted to create a space perfect for a late-night drink or a bite to eat. Somewhere to go with friends after work or at the weekend. 

“Our food and drinks menus will be short and ever-changing. Showcasing techniques and flavours that interest us from around the world whilst staying true to our passion for local and sustainable produce, such as koji marinated chicken, soy and chilli glazed octopus and cider infused maitake mushrooms all cooked on the konro grill for depth of flavour. We’re going to have things we want to eat on the menu, with our own take on fried chicken and poutine for example. Expect bold flavours, great tunes and generous hospitality.”

Tomás and Sam will be charting the progress of the restaurant via social media and further updates including booking line opening will be available via social media and by signing up to their newsletter via the website,

Skua, 49 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AH




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

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