Hungry for more Edinburgh food news? Set a course for The Little Chartroom.
Aiming to launch mid-June, The Little Chartroom will be a neighbourhood-style bistro on Albert Place, at the top of Leith Walk.
Leith Walk has long been an interesting place to eat out.
Compared to other areas of the capital, relatively cheap rents make it an accessible area for new restaurants to dip their toe in the water.
Cheap rents help keep menu prices down.
Combine affordable prices with an informal atmos and you get restaurants which are very appealing to the increasing numbers of young professionals and students who are choosing to live on and around Leith Walk.
While The Little Chartroom is aiming for a neighbourhood vibe, the couple behind it have high end CVs.
Edinburgh food news: The Little Chartroom
Roberta Hall and Shaun McCarron met while working at Castle Terrace, the French/Mediterranean restaurant owned by Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack.
Chef Roberta spent three years working at Michelin-starred The Kitchin before assisting mentor Dominic Jack open Castle Terrace.
She worked there for six years going on to become head chef. Before her time with Kitchin/Jack, she had worked at several Edinburgh restaurants and, notably, The Burj al Arab in Dubai.
Shaun will be taking care of front of house. Shaun had joined Castle Terrace as a commis waiter and worked his way up to restaurant manager.
His CV also includes stints at Simon Rogan’s original pop-up restaurant Roganic.
From 2016-2017, the couple ran The Abbot’s Elm in Cambridgeshire together. They decided to move back home to Edinburgh, to open a restaurant of their own.
The Little Chartroom’s food is billed as ‘French British-style cuisine’. It promises to be ‘simple and seasonal with the level of work and attention to detail that comes as standard from a classically trained chef’.
They will be serving lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and brunch at the weekend.
An open kitchen is being designed will link the kitchen and dining room with the chefs assisting Shaun in the front of house service.
The bistro’s name comes from Roberta’s love of sailing and there will be a nautical theme to the interior design.
More info as we get it.
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