SCOTTISH-BORN chef Gordon Ramsay is set to open his first restaurant in Edinburgh city centre.

The Bread Street Kitchen will open in the capital's St Andrew Square in what was previously The Refinery.

It will be the first location of the popular eatery to be opened outside of London with locations already in St Paul's and Southwark.

The 7000 square foot restaurant will take over the ground and first floor of the former Drake & Morgan venue.

The brand offers all-day dining inspired by classic Gordon Ramsay dishes.

Andy Wenlock, chief executive at Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, said: “We have taken our time to look for the perfect location for our first Bread Street Kitchen and Bar outside of London and we are delighted with the site we have chosen in Edinburgh.

“Such a vibrant city with a cool food scene, it really feels like the perfect match for Bread Street Kitchen and Bar - all the team are looking forward to bringing this popular all-day dining concept to our new neighbourhood guests later this year.”

The restaurant will be Ramsay's second venture into creating a Scottish location after Amaryllis was opened in the One Devonshire Gardens hotel in Glasgow in 2002 until the restaurant's closure in 2004.

Ramsay was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire in 1966 but moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon, West Midlands from the age of nine.

It was reported that estate agent Savills advised the landlord, while Graeme Wait advised the Gordon Ramsay Restaurants Group.

Stuart Moncur, head of national retail at Savills, added: “The fact that Gordon Ramsay Restaurants has chosen Scotland, and specifically St Andrews Square, to open its first restaurant outside of London is testament to the strength of both this city and more specifically this location.”