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Pompadour by Galvin

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian, Princes Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 2AB

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This entirely glamorous establishment is part of a splendid Victorian railway hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, and has been the last word in over-the-top opulence since opening in 1925. The Leith docks have been rejuvenated out of all recognition, but still nothing looks quite as extravagant as the Galvin brothers' Edinburgh outpost, which offers views of the Castle, hand-painted panelling and intricate plaster detailing. When they call it 'one of Edinburgh's most magnificent dining rooms' they're really not kidding. The staff are charmingly efficient, ensuring everything runs smoothly as you work your way through the focused, classically French menus, where everything is perfectly considered and constructed with skill and panache. Perhaps begin with carpaccio of Orkney beef, Perigord truffle, aubergine purée, pickled mushrooms and horseradish, or roast Mull scallops with rhubarb, ginger and vanilla, and then choose breast of Perthshire pheasant, creamed cabbage, roast parsnip and chestnut purée, say, or poached filled of Peterhead cod, Beaufort and thyme crust, leeks, trompette and red wine jus. The dessert menu might offer more rhubarb, in a cheesecake accompanied by rhubarb and ginger beer sorbet, or go for the truffled brie de meaux with heather honey, dried pears and oatcake.

Further information

Tel: 0131 222 8975
& 222 8777
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan
Days closed for lunch: Tue-Thu, Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Fraser Allan
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £26.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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On west end of Princess St, on Rutland St & Lothian Rd
Nearest station: Haymarket

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