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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Confident Scottish cooking in magnificent surroundings

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At a glance

All day dining
Private dining
Wines by the glass

This 16th-century merchant's house by the gates of the castle makes a strikingly atmospheric, even Gothic-looking restaurant. The cooking follows a contemporary route built on Scottish traditions, with the kitchen using quality native produce. Start with partridge with grilled potato terrine and burned onion mayonnaise and follow that with beef Rossini with Madeira jus, pommes Anna and spinach. Seafood gets a strong showing, from seared scallops with Ibérico ham and garlic butter to monkfish poached in olive oil with grilled kohlrabi, cumin-spiced lentils and curry velouté. Puddings are worth a punt: perhaps pineapple tarte Tatin with rum-flavoured caramel and coconut ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 11.30
  • All day dining


  • Chef(s): Douglas Roberts

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Traditional Scottish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 650+
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 110
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 60

Getting here

Top of Royal Mile at gates of Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh Waverley
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