Why Sligh?

Welcome to Slighhouse, a former cocktail bar and restaurant in Edinburgh's Old Town. It served as  a homage to the Father of Modern Geology, James Hutton.  

The concept and interior was created and designed by Jaco & Co.

Portrait of Dr James Hutton by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1787 © Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Portrait of Dr James Hutton by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1787
© Scottish National Portrait Gallery

A kingpin of the Scottish Enlightenment alongside heavyweights such as Burns, Hume and Smith, Hutton’s work as a geologist, physician, naturalist, and experimental agriculturalist gave rise to the theory of uniformitarianism; explaining the features of the Earth’s crust as a process of geologic time. Hutton’s Theory of the Earth was published in 1788.

Born in Edinburgh on 3 June 1726, by the 1750s he had inherited and moved to his family’s farm Slighhouses in Berwickshire where he grew much of his own food on his farm.

Slighhouse was a cocktail bar and restaurant which doffed its bunnet to Hutton, from the sandwich ply and angles in the woodwork mimicking sedimentary rocks and strata, to the specially commissioned art, and seasonal approach taken with the menus.

The food menu consisted mainly of modern British & North American small plates with some influences from the Mediterranean & beyond.  It was designed with social eating and sharing in mind.

Our cocktails were all twists on classics, ranging from aperitifs through to after-dinner libations.  There was a strong focus on seasonality and we tried to present drinks with a sense of humour & fun wherever possible.

We hope you had the opportunity to enlighten our establishment.