Dean Banks at The Pompadour
“Contemporary Scottish dishes in opulent room” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
One of the grande dames of Scottish hospitality, Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian still offers a genuine wow factor after more than a century. Dean Banks at The Pompadour is the fine dining option on the mezzanine floor of the hotel, the in-demand tables overlooking Lothian Road and up to the castle. High ceilings, intricate plasterwork and walls of striking artwork makes for a grand setting for the modern Scottish cooking with an Asian influence. A fresh and vibrant starter of North Sea hake, Thai basil and coconut might lead on to grass-fed beef cheek, gochujan, ponzu and black sesame.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 2 weeks January
- Wines over £30: 70
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Fine Dining, 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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