“Celebrating the best that Scotland has to offer” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A former whisky warehouse in the regenerated Leith docklands has been Tom Kitchin's address since 2006, and immediately shot into the premier league of the top foodie destinations in the country. The interior looks sharp in hues of teal blue and grey, with exposed stone walls, painted brick pillars and industrial girders, while Kitchin’s 'From Nature to Plate' mantra is articulated through cooking that applies top-level refinement and technical skills to Scotland’s finest materials. The three-course set lunch menu offers remarkable value, delivering a starter of crispy veal sweetbreads atop Jerusalem artichoke risotto, hen of the woods mushrooms and hazelnuts. Next comes sea-fresh Scrabster monkfish wrapped in salty pancetta, alongside fondant new potatoes, sea vegetables, plump mussels, chanterelles, confit garlic and an outstanding chicken gravy with lemon and thyme. Desserts are also handled with awe-inspiring dexterity, as in the masterclass blueberry crumble soufflé served with the balancing sharpness of yogurt ice cream.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 75
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Lunch served from: 12 noon
- Lunch served until: 2.30pm
- Dinner served from: 6pm
- Dinner served until: 9.30pm
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 38
- Cuisine style: Modern Scottish with French influences
- 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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