The Grain Store
Full-bodied Scottish flavours abound in this atmospheric Old Town eatery.
To have your restaurant busy, even on a cold January evening, is one thing, but to do so for 29 years in the face of Edinburgh's turbulent restaurant scene? That’s seriously impressive. Of course, The Grain Store is fortunate with the level of touristy footfall on Edinburgh’s most photographed street, but with solid Scottish cookery and bucket-loads of its own charm, it’s no wonder diners eagerly return. With antique furnishings, candle-lit stone walls and discreet alcoves, an inviting romantic atmosphere makes for the perfect intimate liaison or special celebration. Equally the menu – studded with local produce supported by homemade everything – entices. Dollops of homemade Pedro Ximénez syrup complement an indulgent and generously portioned seared foie gras starter. The accomplished depth of flavour teased into a velvety shellfish bisque is topped with fresh lobster tagliatelle; still enjoyable albeit on the wrong side of al dente. Tender saddle and belly of Borders lamb grace the mains, on a bed of fine ratatouille, with lightly roasted tomatoes and a pungent garlic purée. It’s all delightful and thankfully not too rich, meaning there’s room to sample the restaurant’s long-standing classic dessert of caramelised apple tarte tatin.
- Private dining: Up to 10 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 45
- Open since: 1991
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £23 per bottle