Norton House Hotel & Spa
“Outstanding modern Scottish cooking near the airport” - AA Inspector
A stone-built manor house dating from the early Victorian era, Norton House was once home to the Usher family, beer-brewers and distillers of the Glenlivet single malt. The family lends its name to the principal dining room, a compact space with just seven tables, done in white and adorned with narrow framed casts of architectural features from the original Usher Hall, an interesting feature. Graeme Shaw cooks modern Scottish food led by impeccable regional ingredients, in presentations that heap the components of each dish together rather than islanding each one in lonely isolation. A home-made boudin of white pudding interleaved with foie gras comes with balled apple, salt-baked celeriac and pickled kohlrabi under a yeasty, appley foam, while another foam, this time redolent of shellfish, covers a construction of smoked langoustines in cannelloni with spinach. At main, there may be Scrabster monkfish with oysters and kale, or a serving of no fewer than four cuts of Border lamb - belly, back, loin and crumbed sweetbreads - with assertive garnishes of fennel, olives and goats' cheese in mustard sauce. A fascinating marshmallow-textured parfait of calvados with intense apple sorrel sorbet, puréed prunes and frangipane ends things with a flourish. Incidentals, including brilliant breads, are equally captivating.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 22
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30: 80
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish, French
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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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