Scran season 5: Celebrating the theatre of life with James Thomson OBE, owner of The Witchery and Prestonfield House

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 1st Apr 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

Rosalind's guest on Scran this week is James Thomson OBE, owner of two significant Edinburgh hospitality institutions; The Witchery and Prestonfield House.

Rosalind went along to meet him at Prestonfield a few weeks back.

They discussed his life growing up in Edinburgh, the inspiration he took from the theatre and the arts in building his businesses and following his passion, how the city and industry has changed, as well as finding out all about his own preferences for eating and drinking in Scotland.

This is a great insight into the motivations and passions of one of Edinburgh's hospitality trailblazers.

Listen to the episode in full

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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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