Opening this July, The Palmerston is the hotly anticipated first-time venture for duo Lloyd Morse and James Snowdon, set to help revive Edinburgh’s West End dining scene.

The neighbourhood restaurant’s ethos will be centred around the concept of whole-animal cooking.


Championing sustainability, the method sees every part of the animal used, including largely forgotten cuts, to create an explorative menu of innovative and traditional dishes.

Working directly with Scottish farmers, the team will source responsibly-reared meat that will be fully prepped – from nose to tail – by The Palmerston team.

Partnerships with local vegetable growers and fruit producers will see the menu feature must-try dishes for vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians alike.

Seasonal dishes will include grilled East Neuk mutton chops with turnips and bacon, gnocchi with braised greens, chilli and creme fraiche and whole grilled mackerel with white beans, spinach and Pernod.

Including an in-house bakery and coffee shop, freshly baked bread and pastries will be served daily alongside coffee from Edinburgh’s own Obadiah Coffee.

Having worked in some of London’s top restaurants including Spring under Michelin star chef Skye Gyngell, Lloyd Morse will lead the kitchen and butchery team.

Lloyd Morse said: “Originally from Australia, I’ve spent the last fifteen years traveling the world, working in some incredible kitchens. I’m proud that Edinburgh will be home to James and I’s first restaurant.

“Our aim is to bring something new to the city’s renowned dining scene. Whole-animal cooking is at the heart of this – it cuts out food waste so is better for the environment and enables us to really honour the time, effort and dedication that went into rearing it.”

James Snowdon, formerly of Fulham’s award-winning The Harwood Arms, will be the general manager.

James Snowdon said: “Returning to my home city to open our first restaurant was only natural.

“We’re working hard to create our vision of the ultimate neighbourhood restaurant. A bustling coffee shop, fresh bread being baked daily, an incredible wine selection, and a completely relaxed dining experience.

“Preparing to launch The Palmerston in the midst of a pandemic has been no mean feat, but we can’t wait to open the doors and welcome our first diners.”

With a bar stocked with local spirits and beers, the 60-cover restaurant will be set in a former 19th-century bank.

Located at 1 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, The Palmerston restaurant will open its doors this July.


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