Those exploring the cocktail menu may ask what Escubac might be. The answer stems from another welcome find within Edinburgh’s city limits. Operating from a sleek warehouse space in Bankhead, contemporary distiller Sweetdram is the vision of Andrew MacLeod Smith and Daniel Fisher, who have created a series of contemporary tipples, including amaros, smoked rums and the fragrant botanical spirit Escubac. Inspired by an old Tudor recipe, this elegant elixir sits somewhere between an aquavit, gin and herbal liqueur, melding herbal notes, sweet Scottish honey and lemon to spectacular effect. Another sophisticated accent that pops up on our cocktail menu comes courtesy of Pekoe Tea. This Leith-based loose-leaf specialist trades directly with growers around the world, introducing new blends from China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya to an Edinburgh audience.
All of which ensures that Stef has plenty of luxurious local ingredients to put to good use. Her cocktail creations – along with a life-affirming list of beers, wines, champagnes and spirits – can be enjoyed in two vibrant settings in the Townhouse. The Spence’s all-day restaurant menu serves up everything from Bloody Mary brunches and à la carte lunches to languid dinners that extend into the night, while our rooftop bar, Lamplighters, is a stunning spot to take in skyline views across the city – the perfect backdrop for unforgettable nights out.