The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen on George Street in Edinburgh is a newly opened restaurant within the George Hotel. Following a refurbishment, the bar has been moved and guests walk straight into the restaurant which has been given a terrific facelift.
One benefit of a refurb is the chance to hike prices, and The Printing Press has done this, but it looks like it goes in hand with an improvement of the menu. More robust main courses plus a few old favourites and a really good wine list, gave a good first impression and the quality of the food is good.
There is no specific gluten free menu, but I was told the waiting staff knew what was ok. A question to the chef later and I was well set up with sea bass, mussels and samphire. The menu is not extensive in its gluten free options and I was brought a mini loaf of “normal” bread even after I had said I was coeliac, but with no gluten free alternative – so be prepared to compromise.
The sea bass was delicious, with a crispy skin and a light, saffron sauce. I could not fault it as a lunch option – it was just great. My guest had a wheat laden mac and cheese, which looked lovely and light, but is obviously a no go. There are one or two salad options which also look good and some game and steaks too. I did not ask if the chips were gluten free – which I do usually do even if I am not ordering them!
I will go back here as the food is excellent and deserves more time, the ambiance and decor is a lovely improvement on the previous incarnation and it is in a really good location. The staff are professional and friendly and despite putting my guest and I on separate tables and not realising the mistake, they were at least apologetic!