Ten years after opening their first restaurant in North Queensferry, husband and wife team Craig and Vikki Wood are preparing to launch their second restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.
The 38-cover restaurant will open at 61 Frederick Street (the former site of Fleur de Sel) on Thursday 7th April.
The Wee Restaurant Edinburgh will extend the ethos of The Wee Restaurant North Queensferry, offering simple, good food and wine alongside excellent service from a small team who share a vision of delivering a friendly, informal and relaxed dining experience.
Craig, Catering in Scotland’s reigning ‘Chef of the Year’, commented: “Although many Wee Restaurant dishes have changed over the past 10 years, our philosophy has remained the same. We aim to deliver great food based around the seasons, cooked with care and passion. We want to showcase the great ingredients available to us in Scotland.”
Craig will continue to be hands-on in both kitchens, working closely with his head chefs Sam Dorey in Fife and Michael Innes in Edinburgh, as well as writing menus, designing new dishes, tweaking old classics, training staff and overseeing the quality of all cuisine.
Edinburgh-born Michael Innes comes to The Wee Restaurant Edinburgh from three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain where he was head of production. Michael and Craig worked together at Edinburgh’s Malmaison almost 15 years ago when Craig was executive chef and Michael was a commis chef.
Craig said: “I’m excited to be working alongside Michael again. Since we last worked together he has spent his time in some of the best kitchens in Spain under some incredible chefs. We share a passion for great food and an appreciation of the excellent produce available to us in Scotland. His passion and enthusiasm will enable him to be a driving force in the kitchen, helping him to develop a culture of learning and development for our younger chefs.”
The Wee Restaurant Edinburgh will open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday offering an a la carte menu, as well as a set price ‘menu du jour’ at lunchtime and until 5pm on Saturday.
Craig commented: “Our decision to bring The Wee Restaurant to Edinburgh will allow many of our existing customers, and lots of potential new ones, to experience our brand.”
“Our driving force from the start has always been to exceed customer expectations, ensuring they have a great experience. We look forward to delivering a similar experience in Edinburgh.”
The Wee Restaurant Edinburgh
61 Frederick Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1LH
Tel: 0131 225 7983
Monday – closed
Tuesday-Friday 12-2.30pm / 5.30pm-9.30pm
Sunday 12-2.30pm / 5.30-9.30pm
A sample menu can be viewed here.
About The Wee Restaurant, North Queensferry
Nestled under the Forth Rail Bridge in North Queensferry, The Wee Restaurant celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. The 40-cover restaurant’s ethos is to serve good, simple food and wines in a truly relaxed atmosphere. The Wee Restaurant won ‘Restaurant of the Year (Casual Dining)’ at the SLTN Awards in 2014.
17 Main Street, North Queensferry, KY11 1JG
Tel: 01383 616263
About Craig Wood
Before opening The Wee Restaurant, Craig worked in some of the country’s most respected kitchens including Restaurant Martin Wishart, the Royal Scotsman and the Crinan Hotel. As a hands-on chef-proprietor, he is passionate about the quality the service and the food offered in The Wee Restaurant. He believes food is at its best when cooked simply, and his kitchen techniques are designed to complement the produce, enhancing their natural flavours. Craig is Catering in Scotland’s ‘Chef of the Year 2015’.
Mitchell MacGregor Public Relations
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