Owners Dave Law and Tom Hyde.

Owners Dave Law and Tom Hyde.

We opened Brew Lab in September 2012 after four years of planning, research and development.

After graduating university in 2008, we each shared a passion for hospitality and an interest in the third wave of coffee taking place in cities like London, Portland and New York. Together, we dreamed up the idea of a quality-driven, concept-led speciality coffee bar for Edinburgh.

In October 2011, we discovered a former University office on South College Street and knew it would be a perfect home for Brew Lab.

Construction began in the spring of 2012 and, over the course of three months, the space opened up from a series of partitioned offices with fake ceilings and carpet tiles to a spacious room with red brick walls and thick wooden beams.

We cast a monolithic concrete ‘brew bar’ to contrast against the exposed plaster, brickwork and structural steel. To further link the old with the new, we opted for reclaimed and re-purposed furniture, from red leather armchairs to retro school desks. The result was a beautiful café space featuring traditional materials and modern design touches.

Since opening, we’ve never looked back! Our loyal customers, one-of-a-kind staff and the greater Edinburgh community have made every hour of research and planning worthwhile.

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