The 5pm Restaurant blog fluttered by the new Angel’s Share hotel on Edinburgh’s Hope Street yesterday.
Formerly The Hudson Hotel, it has been taken over by Billy Lowe who is also behind Le Monde on George Street.
Named after the small amount of whisky which evaporates from casks as the spirit matures, The Angel’s Share is a 30 bedroom boutique hotel where all the rooms are named after notable Scots.
Portraits of people such as Rikki Fulton, Alan Cumming, Shirley Manson and Sharleen Spiteri also line the walls in the hotel’s sparkling bar.
Decked out with numerous chandeliers, mirrors, candles and a reflective metal ceiling, it’s a glam space staffed with waiters in the classic combo of white shirts, black trouser and black waistcoats.
Glammed up classics
The food on offer in the bar consists mainly of glammed up pub classics. Scottish ingredients feature prominently. Angel’s wings are chicken wings in a spicy Glayva sauce. Devil’s wings are chicken wings in marinaded in a sauce made from Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut and Scotch Bonnet peppers.
Chicken noodle soup, haggis tweeds; Scottish rope grown mussels and a trio of pickled herring feature among the starters.
As well as a grill section of steaks and burgers, the main courses include poached fillets of Loch Duart salmon; line caught haddock and chips; Angel Hair pasta in a tomato-based sauce and Orkney macaroni cheese with a salt beef pot – a dish which sounds as thought it might put hairs on your chest.
A late night bar, called The Devil’s Cut, is in the basement. Entrance is through a secret door which requires a password – all very PDT.