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 festival – check back
  • Bar open 6pm–1am
  • Food served Tue–Sat 6–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 6pm–10pm
  • Average price £46 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £24
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The Pompadour by Galvins

After a bit of a spruce (though nothing that fundamentally changes the listed room), The Pompadour is expected to re-open around the 13th August. Its new name, The Pompadour by Galvins, gives the game away as to the hands at the tiller – expect finely crafted gastronomy in a similar vein to Galvin at Windows, the brothers’ restaurant at the London Hilton on Park Lane. With one of the city’s hottest Castle views, classic French dishes (fed by Scottish raw materials) and a tasting menu option, this will be a restaurant for Edinburgh’s big-night-out list.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The Pompadour must rank among the most elegant dining rooms in the city; a fin-de siècle fantasy of pastel-painted birds and flora, soft grey walls and elaborate cornicing. Under the auspices of the star-studded Galvin brothers, this historic restaurant in the heart of Waldorf Astoria’s Caledonian Hotel has been luxuriously restored to heyday glory. The brothers are known for working magic in the kitchen and their head chef Fraser Allan and his team are deftly producing plates as pretty as the room. A signature Galvin dish of lobster lasagne comes with delicate yolk-yellow pasta and a shellfish emulsion that gives the aroma and flavour of the sea. An equally sensual dish of Jerusalem artichoke risotto is heralded by the heady scent of Périgord truffle before it reaches the table. This is artfully arranged and conceived food with lots of fine detail, finesse and intensity of flavour. Of course fine dining like this comes at a price and this is also reflected in a wine list that is somewhat light on affordable choices. Fortunately approachable staff are on hand to navigate the possibilities and menus.

  • High point: Fabulous food in a fantastical setting that includes a private cocktail salon
  • Low point: Overly loud easy-listening on the stereo seems incongruous with the sophistication of the room
  • Notable dish: Lasagne of Berwick Lobster, shellfish emulsion & 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: Easy listening
  • Live entertainment: Very occasional live music
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £26 per bottle

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1. tyke traveller28 Mar 2013, 11:21pm5 stars The Pompadour by Galvin Report

No no no ignore tha above. We have just had this evening one of the finest meals we have had in Edinburgh for a long time and it has not broken the bank. We had the £30 Spring seasonal dinner menu which is an absolute bargain. Service was exceptional and pleasant and the surroundings exquisite with great views of the Castle. The 3 course menu otherwise is £58 and the tasting menu £68. Service is optional and added as 10%. Yes you have to like opulent surroundings but what's not to like about that. Come on Edinburgh this place is class and the food is excellent.

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