Former Castle Terrace couple Roberta Hall-McCarron and Shaun McCarron are opening their first restaurant this summer, on Albert Place, at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk. Set to launch mid-June The Little Chartroom will be a neighbourhood-style bistro with chef Roberta in the kitchen and Shaun managing front of house.
Roberta spent three years working at Michelin starred The Kitchin before assisting mentor Dominic Jack in the opening of Castle Terrace, where she worked for six years and where she went on to become head chef. Prior to The Kitchin Roberta trained at a number of restaurants in Edinburgh before spending a year and a half working at The Burj al Arab in Dubai. During her time at Castle Terrace, she met Shaun, who joined as a commis waiter, working up into the role of the restaurant manager. Shaun also spent time at Simon Rogan’s original pop-up restaurant Roganic. From 2016 – 2017 they ran The Abbot’s Elm in Cambridgeshire together before moving back home to Edinburgh, to open a restaurant of their own.
Serving French British style cuisine, The Little Chartroom’s food will be simple and seasonal with the level of work and attention to detail that comes as standard from a classically trained chef and which will elevate it above your standard bistro fare. They will be serving lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and brunch at the weekend.
Named The Little Chartroom after Roberta’s love of sailing, their designers, up and coming duo Studio Niro, commissioned pieces by Roberta’s mum who creates bespoke artworks from old shipping charts. The bijou 16 cover dining room will be stripped back, yet stylish and comfortable ensuring a relaxed and welcoming experience for guests. There will be a nod to a traditional sailing aesthetic with brass hardware and rich marine blues in the interiors. An open kitchen is being designed to reduce the division between the kitchen and dining room with the chefs assisting Shaun in the front of house service.
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