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Young chef duo to open second bar and restaurant in Stockbridge

Talented chef patron duo, Tomás Gormley and Sam Yorke, are to open their second restaurant, Skua, in Edinburgh this Spring. The founders of Heron have curated a menu of small plates inspired by the seasons. They will offer an innovative drinks list featuring cocktails, beers, spirits, natural and rare wines curated by Heron bar manager, Seoiridh Fraser.

Tucked beneath the cobbles of St Stephen Street in the city’s Stockbridge, the interior will feature marble table tops, brass hardware and soft candlelight for a warm welcome retreat for guests to gather for dinner, snacks and drinks. Open Thursday - Monday, 5:30pm until 12am.Tomás and Sam will be in both the Heron and Skua kitchens, alongside chef de partie Aran Lowry.

Tomás said,

“We wanted to create a space perfect for a late-night drink or a bite to eat. Somewhere to go with friends after work or at the weekend.

“Our food and drinks menus will be short and ever-changing. Showcasing techniques and flavours that interest us from around the world whilst staying true to our passion for local and sustainable produce, such as koji marinated chicken, soy and chilli glazed octopus and cider infused maitake mushrooms all cooked on the konro grill for depth of flavour. We’re going to have things we want to eat on the menu, with our own take on fried chicken and poutine for example. Expect bold flavours, great tunes and generous hospitality.”

Sam said,

“We’re adopting a whole carcass butchery approach for both Heron and Skua, using rare and heritage meat from Macduff Butcher. We want to showcase often overlooked cuts which are just as delicious and help to reduce food waste. Our supplier community has been so supportive already with the likes of Lind & Lime, Newbarns Brewery and Castle Game helping to realise our vision for Skua and we’re looking forward to maintaining these relationships and working with more artisan food and drink producers.”

Sam and Tomás opened Heron in 2021 and have picked up a few accolades since, including a listing in the The Michelin Guide and a shortlisting for ‘Best Breakthrough’ in the GQ Food and Drink Awards 2022. Sam Yorke was also recently named in the Code 30 under 30 class for 2023/24 as one of the most exciting young chefs in the UK.

Tomás and Sam will be charting the progress of the restaurant via social media and further updates including booking line opening will be available via social media and by signing up to their newsletter via the website,

Skua, 49 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AH

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