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July 16, 2019

First up, we have news of a new hotel which is planning to open on the Cowgate this summer.

House of Gods will be a 22-bedroom boutique hotel with a cocktail bar and a 'late night, market-style bar'.

Apparently, the decor has been inspired by the Orient Express and the entire package will bathe guests 'in the luxury that’s usually reserved for the worshipped'. Crikey!

More news as we get it.

Meanwhile, in Leith, Hemingway's has opened on Commercial Street. Main pic above is from Hemingway's Facebook.

A cocktail bar and kitchen, it has a small plates menu divided into sea, land and garden sections.

The sea section includes options such as fried calamari and sea bass with cauliflower, brown shrimp butter and herbs.

We have our eyes on the seared scallops served with black pudding, Granny Smiths apple, smoked roe, lemon and fennel.

From the land section, we would choose the salt and pepper quail with a dipping sauce or maybe the ham hock croquettes with a Blue Murder cheese emulsion.

The veggie options include halloumi chips and Korean fried cauliflower with black sesame, gochujang chilli mayo and spring onions.

There are also charcuterie and seafood plans or platters plus a range of flatbreads.

Roll with it

Lobster roll - worth shelling out for.

Lobster roll - worth shelling out for.

Moving back into the centre of town, three Signature Pub venues have announced a tie-up with the Amity Fish Company.

Badger & Co. on Castle Street, Kyloe Restaurant & Grill on Rutland Street and Element on Rose Street will be serving up lobster and langoustines supplied by Amity Fish Company.

Certified as a sustainable seafood company by the Marine Stewardship Council, Amity is headed up by Jimmy Buchan, star of the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning series Trawlerman.

Jimmy has fished the waters of the North East of Scotland for over forty years and has built up an enviable reputation for sourcing top quality Scottish seafood.

Each of the restaurants will be serving lobster rolls. The luxury shellfish will be served in a New England style roll that is light and buttery, drizzled with lemon and herb butter and served with hand-cut chips and a side salad.

Lobster and rosé 

Group Executive Chef of Signature Pub Group, Ross Ingleson, aims to make top-quality Scottish seafood more accessible to the general public.

He explained: 'We are lucky to have such incredible seafood in Scotland but often we find that it is being shipped abroad or when it does reach local restaurants, it can be very expensive. Our aim is to make Scottish seafood more accessible and serve it in a way that makes the most of its great flavour.

'We have worked with Amity Fish Company for a number of years and have developed a great partnership with Jimmy so we’re delighted to serve their incredible lobsters to our customers. The lobster rolls are best enjoyed with a pale glass of Provence rosé wine, making it the perfect treat to enjoy this summer.'

Kyloe Restaurant & Grill will be serving the lobster rolls with hand-cut chips and a side salad for £15.

Badger & Co and Element will be serving the lobster rolls with hand-cut chips, a side salad and a glass of Provence rosé wine for £20.