Top Scots chef to open luxury bistro at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh

A top Scottish chef has announced plans to open a luxury bistro at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh.

Published 27th Jul 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Paul Tamburrini stated he has signed a deal that will see him move from his current role as Chef Director at Martin Wishart’s lauded Edinburgh restaurant, The Honours Brasserie to launch his first venture, Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini, in partnership with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

The new venue, which will receive a quarter of a million pound investment, is scheduled to open this autumn.

The team behind the launch say the 80 cover restaurant will feature "Tamburrini’s signature blend of exquisite French cuisine and the finest Scottish ingredients" and will "showcase a creative menu with beautifully executed dishes" based around locality and seasonality of produce and a contemporary wine and drinks list.

Glasgow-born Tamburrini, who has almost 30 years’ experience in the industry,  previously trained with Marco Pierre White at L’Escargot in London, before going on to work at a number of well-known Scottish establishments.

He also worked at the Rogano in Glasgow, Cameron House in Loch Lomond and Restaurant Martin Wishart in Leith, before following in the footsteps of renowned Scottish chefs, Gordon Ramsay and Andrew Fairlie to take the helm at Glasgow’s iconic Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, where he was Executive Head Chef for five years.

Holyrood Hotel
Picture: Macdonald Hotels

Paul Tamburrini said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The management at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts approached me with a really exciting proposal to combine their position as the UK’s largest independent hotel group with my ambition to open a restaurant in my name.

"Being part of a hotel environment is second nature to me and I’m very proud to be taking this next step in my career.

“I’ll be recruiting a team of talented chefs and I’m looking forward to creating a progressive and forward-thinking restaurant.

"I’ll be crafting the menu based on seasonality and using the best local suppliers and producers with a level of service to match the food which will rival any restaurant in the country.”

Located in Edinburgh’s historic old town, The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is just a stone’s throw from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament.

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The collaboration with Paul Tamburrini,  follows the recent appointments by the hotel chain of Michelin starred chef, Tony Borthwick to Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews and renowned chef, James McCulloch Thomson to Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle.

Ruaridh Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said: “Paul is regarded as one of the country’s top chefs, the phenomenally high quality and consistency of his output at The Honours Brasserie and One Devonshire Gardens over the past 12 years places him at the very top of his profession.

“We’re investing in a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen with a redesigned restaurant to complement the quality of the food. It will be a superb dining experience and once established, we have ambitions to build on what will undoubtedly be a successful venture by rolling it out in some of our other hotels across the UK.”

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