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Tiger roars again as style bars keep on blossoming

Copper Blossom 1George Street revellers will be spoiled for choice this week with the opening of one style bar and the refurbishment of another.

The Speratus Group is opening Copper Blossom following a £1 million investment in the basement of the former Lime Blue premises. Montpelier’s flagship venue Tigerlily has been given a £500,000 makeover with a new lay-out and interior decor.

Copper Blossom, a 90-seater restaurant and cocktail bar is the latest bar-restaurant in a street which 20 years ago was home mainly to professional services firms.

When Tigerlily opened in 2006 it set a benchmark for style bars and restaurants in the city and sparked a flurry of imitators.

Acclaimed designer Jim Hamilton, who conceived Tigerlily’s original design, has been recruited to lead the creation of the new look. The main changes sees the venue split into new individual areas aimed at being equally appealing for eating and drinking at all times of the day.

David Johnston, development director at Montpeliers, said: “We want Tigerlily to continue to be seen as the most sought after bar, restaurant and hotel in Edinburgh in terms of style, product and customer service.

“Tigerlily has remained the largest and most profitable venue in our portfolio since it opened in 2006. But after a nearly a decade of leading the way, this is the right time to make significant changes to transform it into an even better venue that appeals to all.”

The venue – which has been closed for 12 days to complete the refurbishment (below – click to enlarge)  – employs 100 staff under the lead of General Manager Ross McGregor.

Mr Johnston said other plans and marketing initiatives – including celebrity chef tables, cocktail masterclasses, taster packages – are being put in place.

TigerlilyMontpeliers (Edinburgh) operates a portfolio of venues which include Opal Lounge, Ricks, Lulu, Montpeliers of Brunstfield, Candy Bar and Indigo (yard).

Copper Blossom, which is having a soft launch this week before fully opening its doors, is the creation of Garreth Wood, founder and executive chairman of the Speratus Group collection. It is the ninth venue in the group.

He explained: “I wanted to create a venue that would enhance the offering for the Edinburgh community and international tourism which was innovative yet unrivalled in its design.

“It was important to create a venue with the most elegant of surroundings which was a female friendly offering with the highest levels of attention to detail throughout all aspects of the product and service. The vision was to fuse cutting edge techniques and technology to create a friendly, vibrant and welcoming environment and an atmosphere that will consistently exceed our guest’s expectations. Copper Blossom is a destination in which you can relax, unwind and enjoy the finest food and drink.”

He added:  “Copper Blossom will fuse locally sourced, seasonal and specially selected ingredients from suppliers all over Scotland – crab from Shetland, beef from Aberdeenshire and haggis from Edinburgh. Our cocktails are classic drinks recipes fused with cutting edge technology and techniques; elegantly presented with modern twists.”

The venue was designed by Tibbatts Abel, Birmingham, award winning interior designers and architects. Design Director Adam Tibbatts, described the design as “featuring beautifully floral & whimsical botanical elements, with an airy yet welcoming feel, this new bar will bring back nostalgic memories and create the perfect setting for a show stopping cocktail.”

Also involved was Edinburgh College of Art artist Lynsey Jean Henderson.

The Speratus Group venues include:

In Edinburgh: 99 Hanover Street, The Boozy Cow on Frederick Street, The Golf Tavern, and now Copper Blossom on George Street.

In Aberdeen: Amicus Apple on Langstane Place, Paramount Bar on Bon Accord Street , Nox nightclub on Justice Mill Lane, The Boozy Cow and Illicit Still both in Netherkirkgate.


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