Duck & Waffle

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Restaurant – Theme
  • Company/Firm
    Fabled Studio
  • Lead Designer
    Steven Saunders
  • Other Designer(s)
    Stephanie Singer
  • Architect
    Scott Brownrigg (executive architects)
  • Interior Designer
    Fabled Studio
  • Hospitality
    Samba Brands Management / Orange Brands Management
  • Photo Credit
    Duck & Waffle
  • Location
    St James Quarter, 400-402 St James Square, Edinburgh EH1 3AE
  • Project Date
    January 2023
  • Developer

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh is the critically-acclaimed brand’s first UK venture outside of London, located within the St James Quarter in the heart of the Scottish capital.

The venue merges dynamic interiors, unrivalled hospitality, and mouth-watering signature fare to create an unforgettable ‘gastro diner’ experience.

The restaurant design features intrigue at every turn. The imaginative 8400 square foot space, presents a host of inviting dining and drinking experiences; from the theatrical main dining room, the energetic chef counters and its signature 360-degree walk-around bar to the 32-seat terrace overlooking Register Square and the two individually designed private dining rooms; The Whisky Room with its charred timber walls, rich amber tones and copper accents, and The Nest, with its feather and lace chandeliers and colourful nod to the golden duck bill - reflected through yellow upholstery.

Taking the DNA of the original location, subtle nods to the Scottish vernacular are woven throughout the restaurant, seen in abstracted tartans and indigenous materials from locally-produced porcelain floor tiles to handsome copper finishes – an ode to Scotch stills.

Fabled Studio is an award-winning international interior design studio based in London and founded in 2011 by Tom Strother and Steven Saunders. Fabled Studio specialises in Luxury Hospitality, F&B, Residential and Retail design. Fabled Studio are storytellers, each project is deeply cinematic and provocative, rich in detail and context to engage and enthral their audience, and to add substance to every part of the urban landscape they touch.

Other prizes
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2022 MiMi Mei Fair – WINNER in the ‘Colour’ category Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2014 Beagle - WINNER in the ‘London Restaurant’ category AHEAD Awards 2020 Hart Shoreditch Hotel - SHORTLISTED in the ‘Hotel Newbuild’ category AHEAD Awards 2020 The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych - SHORTLISTED in the ‘Bar, Club or Lounge’ category