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Best restaurants serving Scotch Beef in Edinburgh
From Scotch Beef barbecued brisket to Sunday roasts with Aberdeen Angus, here's where to find Edinburgh's Scotch Beef Club members
Meat lovers don't have to travel far in Edinburgh to find a decent steakhouse or burger bar. And now that more restaurants have turned their focus to sourcing local, the quality is better than ever. Members of the Scotch Beef Club pride themselves on dishing up the freshest beef of the highest quality, which means all you have to do is look out for the Scotch Beef label in restaurants to know you're being served some of the best beef in the country.
1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
Offering an outstanding dining experience in The Balmoral (a Rocco Forte hotel), Number One has been a Scotch Beef Club member since 2011. Executive Chef Jeff Bland serves up a Michelin-starred menu with Scotland at the very heart of it.
roccofortehotels.com | read our review of Number One
Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
Another of Edinburgh's Michelin starred restaurants comes from Martin Wishart, one of the Scotch Beef Club's longest-running members to date. Sitting at The Shore, the team are dedicated to serving quality local ingredients with traditional French methods.
restaurantmartinwishart.co.uk | read our review of Restaurant Martin Wishart
20 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AF
Counter service makes for a more relaxed dining experience at Reekie's Smokehouse. A Scotch Beef Club member since March 2016, Craig Cameron and wife Felicity barbecue their meat low and slow and offer tangy homemade sauces to complement their Scotch Beef PGI meat tubs and sandwiches.
reekiessmokehouse.co.uk | read our review of Reekie's Smokehouse
The Mussel and Steak Bar
10 West Bow, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HH
The aroma of chargrilled steaks and freshly steamed Shetland-grown mussels teases passers by at this cosy Grassmarket restaurant. Various cuts are on offer, from 38-day aged Scotch beef to a mighty 1kg Tomahawk steak. A Scotch Beef Club member since 2015.
musselandsteakbar.com | read our review of The Mussel and Steak Bar
50–54 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
Norn have been Scotch Beef Club members since opening in 2016. The menu changes with the seasons and is dependent on the locally foraged herbs that flavour each dish. The team, headed up by Scott Smith, present the best of Scottish produce in a contemporary, open-plan setting.
nornrestaurant.com | read our review of Norn
Café St Honoré
34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA
Local producers are proudly named on the menu at Neil Forbes' Parisian style restaurant. The rich braised Scotch Beef blade is served alongside horseradish mash, organic carrots, roast onions and organic kale – an example of their dedication to local, Scottish suppliers.
cafesthonore.com | read our review of Café St Honoré
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR
Executive Chef Craig Hart is a strong supporter of the Scotch Beef Club, offering steak tartare, homemade beef burgers, aged steaks and steak sandwiches at One Square. Visit on a Sunday afternoon for the ever-popular carvery buffet with live jazz.
onesquareedinburgh.co.uk | read our review of One Square
107–109 St Leonard's Street, Edinburgh,EH8 9QY
You might think that they like to keep things simple at Aizle, with no choice of menu. But their five-course tasting menu is of exceptional quality, using a list of 20 local ingredients which have been plucked, foraged and slaughtered. They joined the Scotch Beef Club in 2015.
aizle.co.uk | read our review of Aizle
12–14 Chapel Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AY
Cosy booths and fresh, contemporary decor is the perfect setting for enjoying one of Buffalo's 35-day aged steaks or 8oz burgers. The popular Chapel Street eatery was bought over by Andrew MacInnes in 2015 and joined the Scotch Beef Club in July 2017.
buffalogrill.co.uk | read our review of Buffalo
Porto & Fi
47 Newhaven Main Street, Edinburgh, EH6 4NQ
Although this neighbourhood bistro is a popular spot for morning coffee and afternoon tea, it's equally busy in the evenings when it serves creative Scottish dishes. Porto & Fi is owned by Buffalo's Andrew MacInnes and also became a Scotch Beef Club member in July 2017.
portofi.com | read our review of Porto & Fi
97–101 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AB
Contrary to its name and nautically themed interior, First Coast is about more than just seafood. Their Scotch Beef PGI steak is beautifully cooked and, like all their dishes, well executed.
first-coast.co.uk | read our review of First Coast
47 Buckstone Avenue, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh, EH10 6QJ
Charwood joined the Scotch Beef Club in 2015 and are proud to cook Scotch Beef PGI on their Josper grill. The dry aged steaks and handmade burgers are cooked over charcoal, giving the meat a rich flavour.
charwood.co.uk | read our review of Charwood
Valvona & Crolla
11 Multrees Walk, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
An accomplished kitchen reflects the best of Italian cooking at Valvona & Crolla's VinCaffè on Multrees Walk. Charcuterie boards are loaded with Scotch Beef PGI cured meats, roasted Italian vegetables and cheese while the small plates, pizzas and pastas offer something more substantial.
valvonacrolla.com | read our review of Valvona & Crolla
Forth Floor Restaurant
Harvey Nichols, 30–34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AD
Just off St Andrew Square is Harvey Nichols' Forth Floor Restaurant, offering top quality food and spectacular views. Scotch Beef Club members since 2006, the restaurant's signature beef dish is their fleshy pink beef fillet served alongside sweet potato chips, garlic mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and a peppercorn sauce.
harveynichols.com/restaurant/edinburgh-dining | read our review of Forth Floor Restaurant
Makars Mash Bar
9 North Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP
This gourmet mash bar at the top of the Mound serves hearty slow-cooked dishes, accompanied by a selection of mash, rostis and skins. Head Chef David Martin has created a menu that is popular with both locals and tourists featuring braised ox cheek, haggis and wild boar sausage, taking full advantage of Scotland's larder. They also offer a great selection of locally brewed beers.
makars-rest.com | read our review of Makars Mash Bar
Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT
Prestonfield Hotel and its 20 acres of parkland is home to Rhubarb, one of the most magnificent dining rooms in the city. Their Scotch Beef Sunday Lunch uses roast rump and slow-cooked shin of Scottish Borders beef.
prestonfield.com/dine/rhubarb | read our review of Rhubarb