Dean Banks at The Pompadour
“Fabulously indulgent location for spot-on seasonal menus” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Surely one of Edinburgh’s most splendid places to eat, in one of the most impressive hotels in Britain, the iconic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. The best tables enjoy views over Lothian Road and up to the castle, and the intricate plasterwork and stunning blue velvet chairs really do make this the perfect setting for Dean Banks’ seasonally evolving tasting menus. Expect fantastic local produce and an intensely sensory experience from dishes featuring king scallops, Loch Etive trout, or smoked lobster from St Andrews Bay. There’s a Scottish cheese selection, and wine pairings are available.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines over £30: 70
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Fine Dining, Creative, Asian Influenced
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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