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A family affair: Partnership sees whisky bar open in iconic Edinburgh location

Posted on 06 Jun 2016 by Glengoyne Distillery

Two long-standing family businesses have joined forces to create a stunning new whisky bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town which will celebrated its official launch in May.

Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is collaborating with Victor and Carina Contini, the long-established Edinburgh restaurateurs, to open Cannonball Bar.

Offering a selection of over 120 of the finest malt whiskies, including the full Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, and a contemporary menu of lunch meals and light bites, Cannonball Bar is the perfect place to soak up the electric atmosphere of Edinburgh with the great views of The Royal Mile.

A stunning new private event space, The Glengoyne Room, located on the basement level offers a fantastic area for bespoke events, including private whisky tastings, dinners and corporate events. The Glengoyne Room can cater for up to 40 people. 

Located at the very top of The Royal Mile, in the impressive shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Cannonball House is a three-storey eating and drinking experience. One of Edinburgh’s oldest recorded buildings, the name comes from the cannonball shot lodged in the wall facing the castle.

The architectural redesign was scoped by Kerr Blyth of KBAD, the interior was designed by Edinburgh-based interior designers Ampersand. Thomas Johnson of Glasgow were the principal contractor. Cannonball Bar mixes a stylish, contemporary whisky bar atmosphere with authentic influences directly from Glengoyne Distillery, near Loch Lomond.

Neil Boyd, Commercial Director for Malts for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Victor and Carina to launch Cannonball Bar and The Glengoyne Room. The location of Cannonball House is so unique spot and couldn’t offer a more authentic Edinburgh experience.

“Our collaboration with Contini is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland’s national drink and we’re looking forward to welcoming the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the capital with a dram of Glengoyne for fans of a Highland whisky, or Tamdhu for Speysiders.”

Carina Contini said: “At Contini we are all about family and offering our customers a fantastic eating and drinking experience. We’re so happy to be collaborating with Glengoyne, who share our ethos and passion.

“In addition to the superb Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, we offer a vast selection of whiskies from all over Scotland. So no matter your preference, you’re bound to find the dram of your dreams at Cannonball Bar.”

Glengoyne’s malts are bold with complex flavours and match so well with food. The talented team of chefs at Cannonball Restaurant have created a delicious tasting menu paired with different Glengoyne expressions.

With rich copper colours and luxurious furnishings, Cannonball Bar offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle where you can fully immerse yourself in the world of whisky. 

Cannonball Bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am until late. A full list of whiskies on offer can be found here.

For the Glengoyne Tasting Menus, as well as other options, please see here.