The Atholl at The Howard

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The Atholl at The Howard
The Howard Hotel, 34 Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QH
  • Telephone 0131 557 3500
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 12.30–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–2pm, 6–9pm; afternoon tea 2–5pm.
  • Average price £32 (lunch); £32 (evening meal)
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Solid cooking of locally sourced ingredients at this New Town hotel restaurant.

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With high corniced ceilings, a grand marble fireplace and starched white tablecloths, The Atholl, located in a tranquil side-street in the New Town, is an elegant reminder of the hotel dining rooms of old. A sedate exercise in magnolia with only sixteen covers, it’s a quiet space in which to sample a concise menu focusing on quality Scottish produce, sourced from within the city as well as from trusted Highland suppliers. A juicy starter of slow-roasted pork belly is enlivened by a fennel seed rub, while a main of crispy-skinned supreme of chicken is well-cooked but slightly let down by a Jenga tower of soggy sweet potato chips. The quality of the ingredients is evident however; a simple sea bream dish represents the super-fresh seafood on offer. Pudding choices include warm banana loaf with toffee sauce and a tart passion fruit crème brûlée, served with a buttery sable biscuit, perfect for dipping. The sourcing at The Atholl is to be admired but some might find the food, like the restaurant itself, just a little bit … beige.

  • High point: A chef passionate about great Scottish produce
  • Low point: It can be quiet and lacking in atmosphere
  • Notable dish: Slow cooked pork belly, king prawns, spinach puree, sweet chilli sauce
  • Average price: £32 (lunch); £32 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 26, though can accomodate 38 in separate event rooms, 60 if buffet style
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classical music
  • Capacity: 16
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £21 per bottle