Scottish hospitality group Signature Pubs has announced the launch of Cold Town House, a new bar and brewery opening in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket this month.

Following a £4 million investment, the former site of the Robertson Memorial Church has been transformed to create a 21st century brewery, bar, restaurant, and rooftop terrace.

Complementing the original design of the building, the interior has been revamped, with experiential entertainment and excitement in mind. Cold Town House is set to become a place for socialising, enjoying live entertainment, and relaxing to watch live sport with local beer, poured fresh from the on-site brewery.

Brewing in the Grassmarket

As the official home of Cold Town Beer, the opening of Cold Town House also marks the return of brewing to the Grassmarket, a tradition dating back to the 16th century. Taking pride of place on arrival to the venue are the eight 500-litre beer tanks. The first floor is where all the brewing magic happens, and the process is displayed thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Booth seating and rotating windows that open into the brewery allow for a fully immersive, sensory experience, incorporating all the sights, sounds, smells and, ultimately, flavours of the brewing process.

Cold Town House visitors can sample Edinburgh’s freshest local pint, relax by an open fire pit, snap a selfie in the photo booth, and be regaled by an entertainment roster featuring performances from comedians, musicians and much more. As well as fresh beer, it will pride itself on its authentic, artisan, stone-baked Neapolitan pizza, which will be baked in a pizza oven custom made in Naples. The dough is fermented using Cold Town Beer for 24 hours, creating a light, airy pizza base.

The roof terrace, nestled below Edinburgh Castle, ienjoys uninterrupted views toward the iconic landmark. Drinks will be served from a vintage Cold Town branded Citroen van, and guests can enjoy them from their own ski gondola.

Nic Wood, owner of Signature Pubs, said: “This project has been a long time in the making, and we’re delighted to finally have an opening date for Cold Town House. We launched Cold Town Beer in 2018 and it has gained a loyal following; we’re thrilled with the progress.

“We’re looking forward to being able to share the Cold Town magic with everyone in this incredible new venue. Cold Town House is something completely new for Edinburgh, and we’re excited to bring this iconic building back to life, as well as restoring the Grassmarket’s history of brewing beer.”

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