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Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT
  • Telephone 0131 662 2211
  • Bar open Bar open until midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2pm, 6–10pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 6–10pm.
  • Average price £27 (set lunch); £45 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.prestonfield.com/dine/…
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One of Edinburgh's most opulent dining rooms offers exquisitely decorative food to match its Georgian design.

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Opulent and elegant, James Thomson's Rhubarb at Prestonfield House Hotel doesn't so much challenge the stereotypes associated with hotel dining as completely explode them. It's all rococo splendour: panelled walls, a huge chandelier and Regency portraits are a backdrop to deep-red velour chairs and thick, white tablecloths laid with silver cutlery and candlesticks in this grand dining room. It makes a memorable backdrop for special dates or family occasions. As well as lunch and dinner, there's a traditional Sunday lunch and an afternoon tea service, both of which seem ideally suited to whiling away a few lazy hours. The setting is the real star though: be sure to finish with a post-prandial coffee in the simply awesome tapestry room upstairs.

  • High point: A simply splendid room
  • Low point: Destination dining don't come cheap
  • Notable dish: Traditional Sunday lunch with all the trimmings
  • Average price: £27 (set lunch); £45 (dinner)

Situated in the Prestonfield Hotel and set in 20 acres of parkland, Rhubarb Restaurant at Prestonfield has an opulent and theatrical interior design and a fine line of modern Scottish food.

A kilted porter will escort you to one of Rhubarb Restaurant's 2 regency dining rooms decorated with giant chandeliers, silk wall coverings and ancestral portraits to partake in the exquisite food and choose from a selection of more than 500 wines.

A possible starter is terrine of bacon collar and pork belly rilletes, caramelised chicory, parsley juice and piccallili, while mains include roast fillet of veal with mint and pancetta salad and dijon mustard dressing.

A pre-theatre menu is available and at certain times there is live music and dancing.

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  • Private dining: 50-60
  • No. overnight rooms: 23
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 10 (or 50-60 if exclusive use)
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £24 per bottle

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