28 Queen Street

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28 Queen Street
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
  • Telephone 0131 220 2044
  • Opening times Members Room & Bottle Shop: Tue & Wed 4.30pm–10pm, Thu–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun & Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £29
  • Website www.smws.com/about/…
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The Dining Room

Elegant first floor dining room in a Queen Street townhouse that showcases one of the city’s finest whisky selections.

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Housed in a stylish Queen Street townhouse, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s elegant first floor Dining Room is the ideal accompaniment for a venue dedicated to Scotland’s favourite tipple. A whisky-lined foyer showcasing hundreds of independently bottled, single-cask malts leads to a cosy ground floor bar offering appealing charcuterie platters and a handful of familiar mains. Upstairs, a lunchtime and early evening menu du jour features North Sea cod with butter beans alongside a wonderfully rich Black Isle beef cheek with polenta and caramelised cauliflower. Complex whisky flavour profiles and a carefully composed wine list are cleverly matched to a generous five-course tasting menu that draws inspiration from well-sourced and foraged seasonal fare. Pan-seared Orkney scallop with fennel and chestnut purée kicks off a fixed price à la carte, alongside slow-cooked pork belly and sole fillet with pickled raisins and a velvety beurre blanc. A pair of private dining rooms and the upper floor members’ bar and snug completes the picture at a venue whose appeal extends beyond those who enjoy a wee dram.

The List's rating






Ian Hogg visited 28 Queen Street on 13 March 2019
  • High point: Ambitious kitchen paired to a wonderful whisky selection
  • Low point: Some dishes would benefit from a less-is-more approach
  • Notable dish: Beef cheek
  • Average price: £21.95 (set lunch); 3 course fixed price à la carte £45 (dinner)

Specialising in modern Scottish food and fine dining, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street is a superb Edinburgh restaurant, set in the well-heeled New Town. Home to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Dining Room sits in the ground floor of a beautiful Georgian building in the heart of Edinburgh city and the patriotic menu, expertly prepared by the Head Chef, James Freeman, offers a range of prime Scottish produce.

Boasting the world's widest selection of exclusive single cask whiskies available along with an extensive wine list, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street offers a sophisticated menu with seasonal dishes, along with personable, unfussy service.

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  • Private dining: 8/18
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: No music in the restaurant
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £27 per bottle

Reviews & features

Revamped Scotch Malt Whisky Society continues to impress

3 Feb 2017

Refurbished club rooms for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in central Edinburgh remain a delectably dependable dining destination

With the glory of its malts and the serenity of its clubs, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is something of a religious experience to its members. Thankfully, just like church, non-members are also welcome at the Dining Room restaurant and Kaleidoscope…

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16 Feb 2011

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The purpose of Scotch whisky is to give pleasure,’ says Charles MacLean in his Whiskypedia: A Gazetteer of Scotch Whisky, and Edinburgh is the place to pursue this principle. You can literally immerse yourself in a whisky barrel at the Scotch Whisky…