JANE: Angels with Bagpipes is up there as one of my top Edinburgh dining experiences, not only because of the food but the location and overall guest experience. How did the name come about?
LYNDSAY: Well, when we were about to launch in 2010, we spent a lot of time really getting to know the area and the history of the Mile. We walked into St. Giles’ Cathedral, just opposite, and there were two incredibly beautiful carvings of angels playing the bagpipes, designed by two brothers centuries ago and we immediately went “yep, that’s the name!”
JANE: I’ve seen those angels, they do put a smile on your face, as does the name of your restaurant!
Sticking with the topic of angels and history, you have a very special, intimate private dining area called Halo which floats above Roxburgh Close, with a wall to ceiling window overlooking the mile. I’ve read that when you walk under that from outside there are some paintings that date back to the 16th Century, have I got that right?
LYNDSAY: Yes, it wasn’t that long ago that they were discovered, just down the close, and when you look up at the ceiling there are different artworks carved into the wood in colour. It’s a mystery where they came from. When you are in Halo and you’re floating above the close you can see it all!
JANE: Halo is a very beautiful space, it’s perfect for a special occasion.
LYNDSAY: Yes, people book in there for anniversaries, birthdays and for proposing. It seats a maximum of four so, as you say, it’s a very intimate space for that special night.
JANE: Angels with Bagpipes is a family business, what’s it like working with family? Or would you rather not say!
LYNDSAY: Not at all! It can be difficult, but it can be the best thing too, as we are all so close. The biggest challenge is trying to divide our work life with our personal life. When we come out of work and get together it’s all about trying not to talk about work all the time!
When you work as a family it’s important to recognise the different strengths each other has and allow one another to do their thing, so you don’t step on their toes! Good communication is key too and we have learnt to recognise and understand our own areas of responsibility. All of that has helped us come together to create a really great team.
JANE: You certainly feel that when you walk through the doors, there is a real warmth and family feel from the entire team.