Opening date for The Black Grape Edinburgh


Bringing small plates, wine & good times to Edinburgh’s Canongate

The Black Grape will softly launch their offering of “small plates, wine & good times” on Monday 19th December.


Award-winning entrepreneurs Stuart Hunter and Cameron Taylor have teamed up with experienced restaurateur Murray Ainslie to launch The Black Grape.

Murray commented: “Of course it’s a challenge to open a restaurant in this economic climate, but we’re firm believers that quality offerings will always succeed. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, we believe our great food, polished service and stylish interior will ensure we really stand out from the crowd.”

Housed in the former Pancho Villas site on Edinburgh’s Canongate, the venue is undergoing a full refurbishment with design and build undertaken by award-winning Edinburgh agency Splintr. Decorated in hues of soft greys and rich blues, with bespoke design details including a suspended mild steel ceiling raft dressed with greenery, a delicately curved bar topped with vibrant green Terrazzo, and a powder-coated bar gantry that follows the soft lines of the counter.


BLACK GRAPE - terrazzo tile brandedThe journey begins in the bar where a communal 10-seater table, designed for sharing, takes centre stage. The adjoining restaurant level holds 40 covers and features a luxurious private booth, as well as two grand window tables that look out onto the Royal Mile. The atmosphere is further enhanced by bespoke playlists that fuse soul, funk and blues.

The 60-cover bar and restaurant will focus on small plates designed for sharing, allowing guests the opportunity to try multiple dishes and fully immerse themselves in the dining experience. The team are developing a menu of dishes including beef tataki, yuzu hollandaise and crispy shallots; bbq fillet tail, peppercorn sauce and black pepper oil; nduja arancini, fennel and lemon; and fried potato skins, caviar and sour cream.

A wine list that will explore some of the world’s most intriguing vineyards is being carefully-curated in conjunction with award-winning wine merchants Hallgarten. Whilst Class Magazine’s former ‘Bartender of The Year’ Joey Medrington is collaborating with the team on a range of classic drinks that will pair perfectly with the dishes on offer.

The Black Grape 240 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AB

Monday to Friday: 3 pm – late

Saturday / Sunday: 12 pm – late





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

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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