Live like the A list with a private chef experience in 5 star Edinburgh surroundings

Renowned for his expertise in hosting successful events, Scotland’s leading private chef Barry Bryson, has teamed up with Edinburgh’s five-star serviced apartments, Old Town Chambers, to offer a selection of gourmet culinary experiences.

Published 7th Jul 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Anyone staying in the 50 beautifully appointed apartments on the capital’s historic Royal Mile can now enjoy the luxury of having their very own private chef.

Barry Bryson will be on hand to attend to guests’ gastronomic needs: from bespoke banquets, to glamorous canapé and cocktail parties and even masterclasses aimed at transforming participants into the perfect host.

The experiences include...

Bespoke Banquets

Barry specialises in working with the very best seasonal Scottish produce to create stylish dishes that look as good as they taste and will prepare a menu to suit every guest’s tastes.

Dishes might include Newhaven Lobster cocktail with potato salad and aioli; organic Perthshire lamb tagine with jewelled couscous, tahini rolled courgettes and preserved lemon; or Edinburgh Gin and Tonic Cheesecake.

The Cocktail and Canapé Party

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Picture: an example of some of the delicious canapes made by Barry, Gordon McGuinness

Renowned for his canapés, Barry will allow guests to choose from an extensive canapé menu including a scallop ceviche, chili, mango and radish cup; seasonal mushroom and tarragon terrine with toasted brioche and parmesan; Scottish venison, celeriac puree, herb tartlet and white chocolate and elderflower truffles. Guests will have an experienced mixologist on hand to produce a range of delicious cocktails to accompany the food.

Party Cookery Masterclass

These classes aim to transform guests into the perfect host. Run for groups of up to six people, they will not only allow participants to learn how to prepare delicious and visually stunning food, but will also reveal the tricks of the trade that chefs and event organisers keep up their sleeves to guarantee party perfection. The lessons cost £500 for six people and include all equipment and ingredients.

Having hosted parties, meals and more for everyone from Raymond Blanc and Anthony Bourdain to Burt Bacharach and Nicola Benedetti, Barry now heads up dynamic event catering firm, Cater.

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With a background as a chef in restaurants around the world and as much time outside the kitchen working with hosts to perfect every event, Barry is now found wowing guests in some of the Scotland’s finest private drawing rooms, dining rooms and contemporary art spaces.

He is the exclusive event caterer at Jupiter Artland and also works with brands like Tesla, Louis Vuitton and Glemorangie on their events and can also be found at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Biscuit Factory, Dovecot Studios and The Fruitmarket Gallery.

With food trends constantly changing, Barry’s approach of using the very best seasonal produce from a collection of hero food producers is timeless and never goes out of fashion.

Barry said: “I’ve cooked in some of the most beautiful venues in Scotland and Old Town Chambers are certainly up there with the best.

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"They are truly stunning places to stay and I’m really looking forward to creating memorable and delicious events for our guests, something that only Edinburgh insiders have had access to in the past!”

Opened in July 2013 Old Town Chambers consists of a collection of 50 serviced apartments occupying an eclectic group of buildings including a 15th century townhouse and zinc and timber-clad modern extension.

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Picture: the view from the Penthouse balcony, Old Town Chambers Edinburgh

The apartments offer the quintessential Edinburgh experience of staying within the World Heritage Site of the Old Town, combined with the luxurious comforts of the 21st century.

Each apartment is distinct and unique with many original features having been retained and incorporated into the contemporary style, including exposed brickwork and gabled ceilings.

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Gavin MacLennan, general manager of Old Town Chambers, said: “We’re proud to be adding Barry and his Cater team to our range of partners.

"Barry’s attention to detail and focus on quality are values which we both hold dear, and I’m sure our guests will find him to be a fantastic addition to the Old Town Chambers offering.”

Apartments include the four-person townhouse, dating back to the 15th century with its is impressive vaulted stone ceiling and large stone fireplaces, and winding staircase leading past heavy velvet drapes to the open plan bathroom with free standing bath tub.

Other apartments include the roof-top penthouses, which provide outstanding views over Princes Street Gardens to Fife and are packed full of the latest in appliances, stunning furniture and textiles and state of the art bathrooms. Prices for the apartments start at £145, with a maximum capacity per apartment of six.

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