Tigerlily, the ground-breaking ‘go-to’ venue that redefined Edinburgh’s bar, restaurant and hotel scene, has undergone a major refurbishment to further cement its position as Scotland’s number one destination for food, drink and entertainment.

The George Street venue – which includes an award-winning boutique hotel – has had an impressive £500,000 makeover of its ground floor interior and décor.
Alongside the refurbishment, visitors will find an impressive new menu packed with local flavour while the drinks offer has been completely shaken up.

When Tigerlily first opened in 2006, it set a new benchmark for Edinburgh’s style bars and restaurants to become the most talked-about venue in Scotland.

Acclaimed designer Jim Hamilton, who conceived the original design, has been appointed again to lead the creation of the new-look Tigerlily – ensuring that the venue will once more have an undeniable wow factor.

The main change sees the much loved Georgian building far more exposed yet cleverly split into unique areas that are aimed at being equally appealing for any occasion. Eye- catching features include a new marble top bar, a gallery of quirky art, crystal-studded tiled flooring and an abundance of greenery.

Tigerlily is the flagship venue of Montpeliers (Edinburgh) Ltd, the group responsible for some of Edinburgh’s best and most forward thinking bars and restaurants.

David Johnston, Development Director at Montpeliers, is confident the refurbishment will see Tigerlily continue to be the most sought after bar, restaurant and hotel in Edinburgh in terms of style, product and customer service.

He said: “When we opened Tigerlily we wanted to bring something fresh and new to Edinburgh’s vibrant social scene. We delivered on that aim – and in doing so, positioned Tigerlily as the pacesetter for Scotland’s stylish bars and restaurants.

“Tigerlily will still be glamorous and even a bit theatrical but the new design and combined with changes to the food and drink menu will make it an even better venue that appeals to everyone – from business people hot desking, to young professionals and students, to shoppers and after work drinkers.

“The design is all about making Tigerlily more accessible and fun. People will be able to move around and explore different areas which will have individual quirks and, for the first time, you will be able to sit at the bar to eat.”

The new food menu includes re-imagined classics and bold new flavours with seasonality and healthy eating at its core. The day/evening menus feature a range of options from Bites & Boards to ‘Hot Off The Coals’ dishes and a new Dine Out for Two for £10 aimed at those with an hour to spare come lunch.

Highlights sure to catch the eye include lobster and crab mac ‘n’ cheese with garlic breadcrumbs; ‘hanging spears’ to share and steaks matured for a minimum of 28 days in Scotland’s only Himalayan salt cellar by award-winning butcher Davidsons of Inverurie.

Tigerlily’s new drinks menu offers an unbeatable choice whether your fancy is beer, wine, cocktails or even non-alcoholic options. Months of research and training have gone into creating an exciting new cocktail list – reaffirming Tigerlily as the home of the city’s best mixologists. There are twists on beloved classics such as the Man of Tain which celebrates Scotland’s best three local products – whisky, honey and beer; while the ‘Aged cocktails’ section is a selection of finely tuned drinks where flavours have been allowed to marry and develop over time.

Craft beers will take centre stage on tap while the bottled range provides an expanded selection for customers to choose from. There’s also plenty in store in the non-alcoholic section which includes healthy Savse cold press juices and revitalising mocktails.

David added: “The refurbishment has created the perfect hybrid venue – a great bar, a great restaurant and a fantastic hotel that seamlessly moves from breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night drinking.

“And as Montpeliers has been a family-run Edinburgh business for more than 20 years – and one that has never been afraid to push new boundaries – we think no one is better placed to know how Edinburgh people want to enjoy themselves and have fun.”

Tigerlily – which has been closed for 12 days to complete the refurbishment – employs 100 people (including 10 new staff) under the lead of General Manager Ross McGregor.

David added that a host of other plans are in place to continue the appeal of Tigerlily post launch, including celebrity chef tables, cocktail masterclasses and taster packages, as well as a unique loyalty scheme. 

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