The Pompadour by Galvin

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The Pompadour by Galvin
Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 222 8777
  • Seasonal times Extended during Edinubrgh Festival
  • Bar open Tue–Sat 6pm–1am. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sat 6–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 6–7.30pm, 9–10pm
  • Average price £29 (Friday only, 12–2:30pm); £47 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £24
  • Email
  • Website www.thepompadourbygalvin.com
The Pompadour by Galvins

Surprisingly modest in size, this delicately appointed restaurant offers modern French fine dining with spectacular views of the castle and Edinburgh skyline.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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After the dramatic sweeping staircase leading up to the Pompadour, the room itself is surprisingly modest in size. Delicately appointed in typically understated Victorian style, with delicate white cornicing and pale green walls, the room leaves the lion’s share of the heavy lifting to the spectacular views out over the castle and the Edinburgh skyline. Contemplate the view over an amuse-bouche of cheese and chorizo gougeres, light, soft and exquisitely spiced alongside chicken liver pâté with a Sauternes jelly and parsnip crisp, an exact balance of rich, sweet and salty. Starters offer a crab lasagne that is creamy and luxurious enough to be a main in its own right, or a ballotine of foie gras which is generous to the point of overindulgence. Things really hit their stride with the main courses, the high point a breast of pheasant with roast parsnips and chestnut purée, a beautiful melody of gamey meat and honeyed sweetness. Desserts offer a tarte tatin that is a pitch-perfect expression of the dish, with soft, buttery apples and a flaky, caramelised pastry.

  • High point: Dig online to find discount vouchers that take the sting out of the bill
  • Low point: Delicious as it is, why only serve the tatin for two?
  • Notable dish: Lasagne of North Berwick crab, beurre Nantais & sea purslane

The first Scottish venture for brothers Chris and Jeff, The Pompadour by Galvin offers a luxurious French culinary experience, made using meticulously sourced local ingredients, and seasonally inspired flavours. One of the city's most precious treasures, The Pompadour was opened in 1925, inspired by the official chief mistress of Louis XV.

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  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 242
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Miles Davies, Edith Piaf, Dave Brubeck
  • Live entertainment: Very occasional live music (Hogmanay/Burns Night for example)
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £35 per bottle