In pictures: first look inside The Ivy on the Square

The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh is set to open this week. Here's a sneak peek inside...

Published 18th Sep 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

As The Ivy Collection prepare to open the doors of their first Scottish restaurant, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh, we take a look inside and find out what diners can expect from the iconic brand.

Set to open on the 20th September, guests were invited along for a first look last week (14th September), where the Champagne flowed, canapés were enjoyed and Edith Bowman took to the decks.


Picture: The Ivy on the Square artwork, TSPL

As we reported back in June, bespoke artwork was to be created by Adam Ellis and inspired by the surroundings and location.

The result is a mix of bold colours  and abstract prints that complement the restaurant’s Arancia Onyx bar, which has pendant lighting, antique bronze mirrors, marble floor tiles and a mixture of burnt orange leather banquettes and bar stools.

As you can imagine from The Ivy Collection,  the result is a stylish yet laid-back atmosphere for all-day dining in Edinburgh.

The Bar

The sleek bar is home to an impressive selection of drinks including the Ivy Collection's own branded Champagne.

There's also a great range of Scottish gins and whiskies, which were picked by specialist Blair Bowman and make up an exclusive whisky trolley - the first of its kind in the Capital.

Picture: The Ivy collection wine coolers, TSPL

As General Manager Eric told us in August, The Ivy on the Square would also house the brand's popular magnums of wine, which are kept cool in huge buckets.

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Upstairs Restaurant

Picture: upstairs seating in The Ivy on the Square, TSPL

Upstairs the marble floor tiles and burnt orange leather banquettes further complement more quirky artwork from Adam Ellis.

The whole restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows, which allow natural light to spill in and give a wonderful sense of space.

Picture: the Ivy on the Square exterior

The Ivy on the Square has also teamed up with Hermione Gibbs, Hancock and Fidir clothing and accessories to create limited edition his and hers jackets, from Hancock and this stylish weekend bag, courtesy of Fidir.

With only a few days until the official opening, more information and how to book can be found here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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