Multi-use events space to open its doors in JulyEdinburgh brewer Innis & Gunn has today revealed plans for its new brand hub in the city centre, due to open its doors from July this year.
The company is converting the ground and lower ground floors of the townhouse it occupies in Edinburgh’s West End into a multi-use events space that can be used for private bookings, ticketed events and hospitality.
The ground floor will be given over to two reception rooms: one a drawing room with bespoke furniture, open fireplace, club seating and a custom-built oak bar. The other reception room will double up as a dining room for events. The lower ground level will house a meeting room with full conference facilities (plasma screen, HDMI and WiFi), and a beer kitchen equipped with four draught lines pouring two beers from Innis & Gunn’s core range and two rotating limited edition brews. The beer kitchen will be fitted out with all the mod cons, including a plasma TV, so that private groups can enjoy a relaxed ‘evening in’ in the comfort of Innis & Gunn’s own home.
The venue, which will open from 8am to midnight,will be able to accommodate 30 for a sit-down dinner, 50 for a drinks reception, 18 in the beer kitchen and 14 in the meeting room. As well as a calendar of ticketed events Innis & Gunn’s events team, led by Leila Arfa, will offer full event management services on set and bespoke packages, which can be tailored to suit the occasion and budget. Fixed options include a tutored beer masterclass at £20 per head and a beer and I J Mellis cheese tasting at £25 per head. Booking are being accepted now for July onwards.
From a newly fitted commercial kitchen, Innis & Gunn will be able to cater for any gastronomic requirement, from continental breakfasts to buffet lunches, canapé receptions, hearty home-cooked food and fine-dining.
In the fit-out, which has taken just under a year to complete, Innis & Gunn has appointed ScotWood as the main contractor. The firm is also responsible for all bespoke joinery on the project. Edinburgh design agency Contagious took on the interior design for the entrance area and reception rooms, commissioning custom-designed toile wallpaper featuring Innis & Gunn’s signature oak barrels. Lighting work was awarded to Spatial in Glasgow and Scomac designed and installed the kitchen. The project has been supported by Scottish Enterprise.
Commenting on the impending launch of Innis & Gunn HQ, Dougal Sharp, founder and CEO of Innis & Gunn, said: “From the moment we bought the townhouse I had great plans for it. It’s such an incredible building in one of the most beautiful parts of Edinburgh and it presented us with a great opportunity to create a brand home; a social place that we could use to entertain, but where the door would also be open to people who were looking for somewhere a little bit different to spend time, be it an evening learning about beer in the company of good friends, or simply having a meeting, with the option of a cool beer at full-time. The transformation is nearly complete and we can’t wait to welcome the first visitors.”