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Edinburgh's food scene on fire with the opening of Blackwood's restaurant at Nira Caledonia

Blackwoods, Nira Caledonia
Blackwood’s restaurant is set to raise the bar in Edinburgh’s food scene with its opening on 28th January 2013.  Offering exceptional, organic Scottish ingredients cooked in a Josper grill oven, Blackwood’s will launch at the 28-room hotel Nira Caledonia, Gloucester Place - one of Edinburgh’s most exclusive addresses.

A passion for Scottish produce
The menu is overseen by Head Chef David Scott who has revamped regional favourites. In particular, the restaurant will showcase the Josper grill, a top-quality oven which imparts a distinctive charcoal flavour to all the handpicked ingredients cooked on its coals and ensures that their natural moisture and flavour remain intact.

At Blackwood’s all ingredients are farmed, caught, raised or bred in Scotland. The menu’s delicious dry aged beef has been raised according to the centenary traditions of the Highland Drovers. Seafood comes from the Highland Lochs and the North Sea with smoked salmon sourced by a Slow-Food-supporting supplier in Dunkeld, on the banks of one of Scotland's most famous salmon rivers.

Providing guests with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Scottish whiskies, the bar stocks all the major malts available. Many, such as Glenkinchie and Caol Ila have aged twelve years and sit alongside all the great names of the local industry: Glenmorangie, Macallan and Laphroaig. Niche Scottish beer is also well represented by ‘Innis and Gunn’ beer, famous for maturing over 77 days in a whisky cask, while Hendrick’s Gin, distilled and bottled in Scotland, is infused with local juniper, coriander and rose petals.

With just 20 intimate covers, prevalent tones of gold and black give the restaurant an air of romance, while glass chandeliers and chrome hurricane lamps add soft lighting.

Dine at the Professor’s Table
To commemorate the historical heritage of its building, Blackwood’s restaurant derives its name from Blackwood’s Magazine, a renowned nineteenth-century publication founded in 1817. John Wilson, one of its key writers and Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University took residence at 6 Gloucester Place, now the site of Nira Caledonia and Blackwood’s restaurant.

Bed & breakfast rates start from: £128 per night.

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