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Kitchin life post Covid, by Kitchin Group

Posted: 28th August 2020

Kitchin Group, the family run business with The Kitchin, The Scran & Scallie and The Bonnie Badger in its portfolio have finally re-opened its doors to extend new, innovative ways to a safe way of dining.  The small group of unique hospitality venues was created by husband and wife team Tom and Michaela Kitchin, who were awarded ‘UK restauranteurs of the year’ at the Restaurant Awards in 2019.

The two restaurants and the award-wining hotel are allowing guests to escape to a happy and safe place for dining out in Edinburgh and East Lothian thanks to extensive safety measures which have been put in place throughout.

The unique dining experiences of each Kitchin group venue are once again allowing for hospitality and gastronomy to provide an important way of life with eating well and feeling good as vital aspects to our well-being. There has been an overwhelming feeling of excitement from diners to be out and enjoying good food and hospitality again with safety remaining the priority for all venues within Kitchin Group.

Multiple new procedures have been introduced and implemented for the safety of all guests and staff members. The wish for Kitchin Group has always been to navigate guests to feel safe and at ease in the post COVID dining environment whilst enjoying their experiences.

With a loyal, professional team all wearing face coverings and adhering to mitigation guidelines, all guests are guided to comply with temperature checks and respect social distancing regulations.

Kitchin Group is continuing to emphasise the ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy which is synonymous with the group where all produce is seasonal and always sourced from local suppliers displaying the very best of the Scottish larder.

Following re-opening, Visit Scotland credited The Kitchin, The Scran & Scallie and The Bonnie Badger with their ‘We’re good to go’ accreditation which confirms that the necessary processes are in place and that government and public health guidance are being adhered to.

The Bonnie Badger in Gullane, the award-winning pub with rooms in East Lothian proudly holds a prestigious Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand, 5 star rating from Visit Scotland and 5 Gold stars from the AA guide. The Bonnie Badger features 13 beautifully decorated bedrooms, a pub, a dining room and a beautiful garden with a barbeque menu to enjoy at weekends from the Big Green Eggs and the Ofyr BBQ. The Bonnie Badger offers seasonal dishes using local suppliers as well as much loved pub classics. Guests are invited to enjoy the garden for lunch or dinner 7 days a week and are encouraged to take advantage of the wool blankets provided to enhance the outdoor dining experience. For reservations book online www.bonniebadger.com

The Stockbridge gastropub, The Scran & Scallie is also a proud holder of a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand and known for its classic modern Scottish dishes which have made The Scran & Scallie one of the most popular venues in the city. The bar area of the pub is now used for dining with sufficient table spacing and bookings taken in advance. Clear screens are in place when the pub dining space is less than 2 meters for guests’ comfort without compromising on the fun and light atmosphere which The Scran & Scallie is well known for.  For reservations book online www.scranandscallie.com

Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin in Leith is the flagship restaurant with Tom Kitchin at the helm. The award-winning restaurant showcases the best seasonal, Scottish produce from local suppliers with the ‘From Nature to Plate philosophy’. To follow guidelines, The Kitchin has now extended the restaurant into the bar area allowing additional seating and sufficient space between tables. A new, charming courtyard bar area has been created at the front of the restaurant and offers guests that Scottish-Scandi way of enjoying the cosy outdoor space for a welcome drink or post-dinner digestive or coffee when dining. For reservations book online www.thekitchin.com

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