Copper Dog coming to Dubai

Time Out Dubai announces Scotland's most famous bar, Copper Dog coming to Dubai, at Double Tree by Hilton, JBR. The original venue is at Craigellachie

Now this is a first; a traditional Scottish restaurant and bar is coming to Dubai, straight from the misty banks of the River Spey in the Highlands, and more specifically Cairngorms National Park, known as the heartland of Scotland's most famous drink export.

Copper Dog at the Craigellachie Hotel, which has something of a cult status in its homeland, is being completely replicated in the Middle East, at Double Tree by Hilton, JBR.

The team from the Highlands escape, a popular spot for celebrities including Kate Moss, Noel Gallagher Sadie Frost, are leading the charge here in Dubai, making sure the brick-by-brick replication goes smoothly. Right down to the specialist 'dram' glasses, granite surfaces and even the pictures on the wall, the whole venue will be like-for-like.

On the menu, Scotland's finest Portsoy smoked salmon and Aberdeen Angus beef, of course.

But that's where the similarities end. Speyside, a tiny pocket of one of the most rugged natural landscapes in the world, is as earthy and 'unspoiled' as one can possibly get. Just check out some the images from the local tourism site below.

"We want to bring Dubai the best that Scotland and especially Speyside has to offer," manager Kevin Smith said in local newspaper Press And Journal. "We're working with local suppliers like Johnstons of Elgin for yards of tweed for the interiors, and the coopers from Balvenie for decorative cask ends."

The original hotel is more than 120 years old, but was taken under the wing of Piers Adam and reopened two years ago following a Dhs16million redevelopment. Adam, a Londoner, has been dubbed 'King Of Clubs' having been behind Mahiki in the English capital during a time it attracted Prince Harry and other famous faces.

Speaking last year, a spokesman for Hilton Worldwide revealed: "It's going to be an upscale pub, very much going after the 30-40 something market. It's a very elegant gentleman's club."

In the same interview with Caterer Middle East, Simon Lazarus added: "[We'll have] the very famous Ramusake, which is one of the top brands in London currently."

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