The latest venture from the prolific Edinburgh culinary family, the Continis, is open on the Royal Mile. After a total renovation, Cannonball House is home to a restaurant, porridge bar, artisan gelateria and Italian street food café. The top floor Cannonball restaurant serves Scottish food with dishes like Stornoway black pudding risotto, Clash Farm slow roast pork belly and macaroni cheese with East Lothian lobster thermidor sauce. “We celebrate Scotland with amazing fresh, seasonal produce and breathtaking picture postcard views,” said Carina Contini. “We’ve taken all the lessons we’ve learned from a decade running our restaurants and focussed them into our new venture. It is unlike anything else in Scotland and really does offer something for everyone”, she added.
The project is a partnership between the Continis and the building’s owners, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Brigadier David Allfrey, the tattoo’s chief executive, said: “We started work on the concept nearly 18 months ago and it is wonderful to see it progressing, the ideas for the internal layout coming together and, of course, the prospect of great food and drink. From my perspective, this partnership represents another wonderful opportunity to offer visitors to Edinburgh a rich and varied choice. This is all to the good for the City and for Scotland”, he said. The 16th century building, originally a private home, became Castlehill School a century ago, but in recent years it has served as the logistical base for the tattoo.