CHEF PATRON duo Tomás Gormley and Sam Yorke, the founders of Heron, are to open their second restaurant, Skua, in Edinburgh this spring, featuring a menu of small plates inspired by the seasons.

Tucked beneath the cobbles of St Stephen Street in the city’s Stockbridge, the restaurant’s interior features marble table tops, brass hardware and soft candlelight for a warm welcome retreat for guests to gather for dinner, snacks and drinks.

Open Thursday through to Monday from 5.30pm until midnight,Tomás and Sam will be in both the Heron and Skua kitchens, alongside chef de partie Aran Lowry. Heron bar manager, Seoiridh Fraser, has curated an innovative drinks list featuring cocktails, beers, spirits, and natural and rare wines.

Tomás says: “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 while staying true to our passion for local and sustainable produce.”

Explaining how they are adopting a “whole carcass butchery approach” for both Heron and Skua, using rare and heritage meat from Macduff Butcher, Sam said: “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.”