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Oldest Oyster Bar in Edinburgh Reopens Following Six-Figure Makeover

The oldest oyster bar in Edinburgh, Cafe Royal Circle Bar, has reopened following a six-figure makeover.

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Oldest Oyster Bar in Edinburgh Reopens Following Six-Figure Makeover

"Weve had a great relaunch and cant wait to welcome new and returning visitors to the Cafe Royal Circle Bar very soon!"
Chris Goddard, general manager

The historic bar, on West Register Street, reopened on Wednesday 20 March (today), building on its existing character to showcase a refreshed new look. Whilst retaining its iconic circular bar and listed features, such as stained glass windows and late Victorian ceiling panels, the interior has been updated to incorporate a new colour scheme – featuring bold, dark paint tones.


There are plenty of seating areas, with a large bar creating the perfect setting for an after-work catch up over oysters and champagne, or tables for a heartier get together with a meal following a day exploring the city.


Chris Goddard, general manager at the Cafe Royal Circle Bar, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the new and improved Cafe Royal Circle Bar and have already received some incredible feedback from our guests. The interior looks fantastic and we were all so excited to swing open the doors and showcase Edinburgh’s favourite oyster bar!


Chris added: “We have designed the bar to ensure it caters for everyone, making it a destination for a wide range of guests, whether they’re celebrating something special, joining us for a catch up over oysters and wine, or simply want a night away from the kitchen. Our offering also gives tourists the opportunity to experience real Scottish cuisine and drinks, with traditional menu items, Scotch whiskies and local cask ales.


“We’ve had a great relaunch and can’t wait to welcome new and returning visitors to the Cafe Royal Circle Bar very soon!”


Guests can select from the Cafe Royal Circle Bar’s carefully curated menu, offering everything from Scottish lobster and fresh mussels, to slow cooked Scottish beef pie and haggis, neeps & tatties. Alternatively, for a quick bite or starter, the team will be serving up traditional Cullen Skink and Gnocchi, as well as delicious sandwiches, including sirloin steak and smoked salmon.


The venue will also offer a wide drinks selection, including Scottish cask ales, Scotch whiskeys and a variety of fine wines. A range of Cafe Royal Signature champagne serves will also be available, including the Grand Royal – a blend of Grand Marnier, Palmer & Co. Champagne and an orange twist garnish.


The Cafe Royal Circle Bar will also continue to offer its signature Bloody Mary Perfect Serve, served alone for £7.50, or paired with an oyster for £9.


The Cafe Royal Circle Bar offers a traditional Scottish Supper, including Cullen Skink, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Farmed Scottish Venison, Raspberry Cranachan, a Celtic Cheese Board and coffee for £45 per person.


19 West Register Street, Edinburgh Midlothian, EH2 2AA

0131 5561884



For the latest news, events and offers please visit the Cafe Royal Facebook page: www.facebook.com/caferoyaledinburgh