Epicurean @ The G&V Hotel

Last Thursday saw the launch of a stylish new bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s G&V Hotel – Epicurean.  Located on the ground floor of the landmark hotel, Epicurean has breathed life into what used to be a slightly awkward space for the hotel – to be honest, it was never high on my list of places to grab a quick drink. Thankfully, this looks likely to change.

The Drinks
The concept behind Epicurean is a focus on cocktails (and mocktails) inspired by the Scottish Colourists, which are designed to take guests on a Scotsman’s journey of Botanical Europe, with the vibrant cocktails bursting with colour which are reminiscent of the movement’s paintings.

The cocktails will be created using a range of Scottish spirits, along with those from further afield.  They’ll also utilise home grown flowers and herbs from the hotel’s very own EvoGro hydroponic site, and honey from the rooftop bee hives. Yes, who knew you could grow fresh cocktail ingredients and keep honey bees in the heart of Scotland’s capital!

Alongside the impressive array of cocktails, the bar also boats an impressive selection of Scotch whiskies, bourbons, gins and vodkas, beers, and wines from several small producer vineyards.

The Food
Epicurean will serve an all-day dining menu with Mediterranean snacks and light bites, created by in-house restaurant, Cacina.  There’s also a unique Tanqueray-inspired Afternoon Tea, including Tanqueray No. TEN & cucumber Gazpacho, chamomile tea sorbet and Negron Jelly. During the summer months, this will be available on the Tanqueray No. TEN Terrace (although you might be waiting a while for this).

The Rest
As part of the opening of Epicurean, the G&V’s ground floor has been fully refurbished. Gone is the strange ice-berg bar in the middle of the lobby, with Epicurean now in its own self-contained space. In the rest of the lobby, freshly baked cakes and pastries will be available daily, with local florist Snapdragon now calling the G&V home.

The Verdict
Epicurean is a great new space and a worthy addition to Edinburgh’s bar scene, which I’m sure will go down well with locals and visitors alike. A lot of work has gone into developing the concept around the Scottish Colourists, but I didn’t feel this was fully reflected in the bar itself.  However, this could easily have passed me by on what was a very busy launch night – and is a great excuse to pop back in soon!

Epicurean is open Sunday – Wednesday: 10am until midnight and Thursday – Saturday: 10am until 1am. Afternoon Tea is also available daily from 2:30p until 5:30pm. For more information, log-on to www.quorvuscollection.com/gandv-hotel-edinburgh/bar