This modern hotel boasts one of the best spas in Scotland – the external top-floor, infinity,…
“Really stunning setting for top-notch contemporary cooking.” - AA Inspector
With its discreet red and black frontage it’s hard to imagine what you’ll experience once you get inside this rather fascinating restaurant. Once a wood merchants’ warehouse, and originally built in the 19th century as a prop and costume store, the dining room is a beautiful example of the industrial shabby chic aesthetic, all rusty details and painted brick walls, soaringly slender iron columns supporting the open ceiling, wooden floors and simple, straightforward furnishings with a woodburning stove to keep things cosy on colder days. You can see the timber/wood association throughout – bare tables and wooden platters give the place a cool Scandinavian feel, and the lighting is extremely flattering. It’s a wonderful space. Staff are knowledgeable and professional, and the garden provides the restaurant with eggs, herbs and salad. There’s a small bar area for when you arrive, and the tasting menus are constantly changing and evolving. A three-course lunch menu has also been added. An excellent, expansive wine list offers food pairings (there’s a non-alcoholic option, too), and some great cocktails. The food here is modern, with innovative flavour combinations, paying full attention to the opportunities afforded by the Scottish larder. Liver mousse with honey preserved carrots and duck fat toast is a wonderfully harmonious starter, the mousse light and served at the perfect temperature, the contrasting crunch and sweetness of the carrots, the toasted sourdough and ‘buttered’ duck fat working precisely to make this a really exciting dish. Perfectly timed monkfish is enhanced by elderflower butter, the richness cut with the acidity of tomato making for a satisfying main course. There might be more elderflower at dessert – elderflower syrup and granite is refreshing, frozen crème fraîche is indulgent and thin sheets of wafer add snap and texture to what really is the ideal finish to a meal on a hot summer’s day.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 65
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 1 week April, October, 24–26 December, First week January
- Wines over £30: 330
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- 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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