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Gleneagles Townhouse opens The Spence brasserie - here's what's on the menu

Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh, has now opened the doors of its brasserie restaurant The Spence, to the public.

Published: June 27, 2022
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Set in the heart of the Gleneagles Townhouse, beneath original features that have been carefully restored by Ennismore Design Studio, The Spence will offer all day dining to guests and visitors.

Head chef, Jonny Wright, has returned to his native Scotland, and bring with him over 16 years experience, including stints as head chef at Jason Atherton’s Berner’s Tavern, where he was the recipient of an Acorn top 30-under-30 award, sous chef at Evelyn’s Table and senior sous chef at the award-winning Palomar restaurant in Soho.

Signature dishes, which Jonny describes as “rooted in classics with a modern twist” includes wild mushroom tart with goats curd and hazelnuts, whole roasted Turbot with fennel and chilli, Sunday lunch of Scottish sirloin, Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings, and Glenturret Scotch Baba with praline sauce and mascarpone for two to share.

Weekend brunch includes dishes such as West Coast crab omelette, and grilled asparagus with burnt butter Hollandaise.

Breakfast favourites like Marbury smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and Toasted Company Bakery sourdough will be served daily, alongside a selection of pastries and breads, juices, shots, and smoothies. 

Local suppliers to the restaurant include: Gilmour Butchers, George Campbell & Sons, Mara Seaweed and Blackthorn Salt.

Working alongside the Townhouse team are brother-and-sister restaurateur duo, Zoe and Layo Paskin, who have collaborated on the vision and concept for The Spence, their first ever consultancy project outside of London.

The Paskins much-admired London outposts include Michelin-starred Evelyn’s Table, The Palomar, The Barbary and most recently, The Barbary Next Door.

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Together, the team draw on a wealth of experience to make sure The Spence becomes a vibrant spot.

Within The Spence, a central bar sits underneath a glass-domed ceiling, and will be serving up a seasonally rotating, locally inspired list of cocktails, local whiskies, beers, spirits, and wine curated by bar manager, Stefanie Anderson.

The first city outpost in Gleneagles Hotel’s almost 100-year history, Gleneagles Townhouse is a 33-bedroom hotel, members’ club and all-day restaurant, based at 39 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

Reservations for The Spence can now be made online.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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