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 £20 (set lunch); £52 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.prestonfield.com/Dining-FoodAndDrink.html

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Edinburgh's most opulent dining room offers exquisitely decorative food to match its Georgian design.

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If Walter Scott was dating Jane Austen, you might just see them sitting by the window overlooking the beautiful garden of this grand Georgian dining room. Panelled walls, a huge chandelier and Regency portraits are a backdrop to deep-red velour chairs and thick, white table cloths laid with silver cutlery and candlesticks. It all delivers the opulent interiors people have come to expect of James Thomson’s hotels and restaurants. The effect is mirrored by a menu of quality ingredients, all presented like works of art. A duck terrine with a scoop of fois gras starter is decorated with teardrops of port jelly and macerated kumquats. A roast shoulder of Iberico pork with a smoked ham croquette is accompanied by marbles of neeps and Granny Smith apple. Meanwhile, vegetarians may follow an applewood smoked cheese starter with an elegant glass of mushroom parfait topped with truffled leek. There’s a lot going on to create the wow factor here, but a consistent theme holds it together well. Finish up with an exquisitely frilly caramelised banana bread and a post-prandial coffee in the simply awesome tapestry room upstairs.

  • High point: Imagining you're Elizabeth Bennet or Mr Darcy
  • Low point: The grandeur doesn't create the most relaxed atmosphere
  • Notable dish: Chateaubriand

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
  • Music on stereo: Classical
  • 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

Event times

Classics Wine Tasting Dinner

Four courses prepared by Rhubarb, with eight wines chosen by Rose Murray Brown.

Thu 8 Dec

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