A second Chop House bar and butchery will open this July at the The Arches on East Market Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Operated by The Compass Group, the new Chop House site will be a continuation of the brand that successfully launched last September in Leith.Open 7 days a week, Chop House will bring its unique casual dining experience focused on steak and cocktails to the city centre. Chop House promotes a sharing culture of dining - serving large cuts of beef, sharing starters and innovative side dishes designed to be enjoyed by the table – making a trip to Chop House a sociable occasion.
The focus of the menu is British beef, butchered in-house then dry-aged for up to 90 days in an on-site specialist fridge before being cooked over an open-flame charcoal grill. Sociable dining is central to the brand’s ethos, with large sharing steaks such as chateaubriand, bone-in rib and porterhouse taking centre stage. These specialist cuts will be available in varying weights between 500g and 1.2kg and are designed to encourage a sharing experience around the table. Prime cuts such as fillet, sirloin and rump will also feature on the menu alongside dishes such as steak burgers, lobster and charred lamb chops. The sharing culture is encouraged across the menu allowing tables to create their own feast of dishes such as oysters, scallops and prawns to begin with, as well as a variety of sides to complement the main course offerings.
As well as the vibrant restaurant, the new Chop House boasts an impressive bar - a place to enjoy a pre or post dinner drink, or to spend an evening with friends sampling carefully-selected craft beers and bespoke seasonal cocktails.
The new venue is larger than the Leith original, laid out over 2 floors with an extensive bar area, located in a C-listed brickwork arch, originally constructed in 1875. The developers behind New Waverley have brought 19 historic arches back to life, creating a brand new retail and leisure destination for Edinburgh.
The Compass Group launched the Chop House brand in Leith last September, and this second opening in a destination development ensures the brand can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. As well as the growing Chop House brand the group also operates Edinburgh venues Montieths, Sygn and The WestRoom.
Managing Director Mark Fraser commented: “Soon after the successful launch of our first Chop House in Leith, we began searching for a second location. We were excited by the heritage and architecture of the Arches development and feel its location is ideal for our second Chop House.”
Award-winning design agency Four by Two have been commissioned to create a dynamic interior space including a custom-made steel staircase leading to a mezzanine level. Hanging booth seating, also custom-made from steel lending the restaurant a luxuriously modern feel whilst highlighting the architectural details of the original brickwork.
Operations and Development Manager Murray Ainslie commented: “The new Chop House is a continuation of the brand, but with its own identity. Great quality beef with fantastic provenance sits at the core of both offers.”
The second Chop House has a significantly larger bar area with great drinks central to the offer. Under the supervision of Chop House’s head mixologist, the bespoke cocktail list utilises seasonal ingredients and boutique spirits in a fresh and vibrant range of signature serves.
The Chop House Summer Ale is created at Drygate brewery in Glasgow with members of the bar team involved in the production from recipe to brewing. This unique product will sit alongside a large range of draught beer with a strong focus on Scottish producers. The extensive wine list is organised by country of origin and offers an exciting blend of old favourites and new trends. The bar will also offer a bar bites menu.
Every weekend, Chop House will offer a brunch menu featuring steak and beef-dripping eggs alongside house-recipe Bloody Marys from 10am – 2pm. Whilst on Sundays, the Chop House will celebrate roast beef, with a special menu offered throughout the day when diners can enjoy various cuts of beef with all the trimmings.
A host of regular events and special offers will also be available including a ‘Corkage Club’ every Monday and Tuesday evening, when customers can bring their own wine at £5 corkage per bottle, as well as ‘Steak and Sides’ every Wednesday evening when diners can enjoy 2 rump steaks and 2 sides for £25. During the last week of every month, Chop House will host a complimentary wine tasting in the bar.
Chop House, East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8FS
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OPENING TIMES: Monday-Friday: 12 noon– late | Saturday-Sunday: 10am – late