The Dining Room

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The Dining Room
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX
  • Telephone 0131 220 2044
  • Opening times Mon–Wed 9.30am–11pm; Thu–Sat 9.30pm–midnight. Sun 11am–9pm (members only)
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 11am–11pm; Thu–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun noon–10pm.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm. Closed Mon/Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Sat 5.30–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £21.95
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  • Website www.thediningroomedinburgh.co.uk
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The Dining Room

Like a well-balanced whisky, the Dining Room marries flavours and sensory delights in the elegant surrounds of Edinburgh’s New Town.

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The Dining Room sits on the first floor of an impressive Georgian townhouse which is home to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Open to non-members, this elegant restaurant has modern touches while remaining sympathetic to the building’s heritage. The menu du jour is extremely purse-friendly and a great entry point to chef James Freeman’s passion for blending flavours. The tasting menu is paired with an exciting range of wines and there’s the added bonus of matching with a dram from one of the society’s exclusive single casks. Roast wood pigeon is deftly cooked – rich, gamey, beautifully pink and set off by sweet red cabbage. The fillet of hake is sublimely seasoned, the chunky fish accompanied by delicately spiced soured carrot, while a nougatine parfait becomes a conversation piece thanks to the olfactory revelation that is the accompanying fruitcakey malt. Like a well-balanced whisky, this place marries intense flavours and sensory delights to produce the perfect gastronomic fusion.

The List's rating
8.8

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J. Alford visited The Dining Room on 28 February 2018
  • High point: Access to the society’s exclusive whisky collection. Sláinte!
  • Low point: Descending the impressive Georgian staircase after a couple of drams
  • Notable dish: Fillet of hake with soured carrot, vadouvan spice and sauternes
  • Average price: £18.95 (set lunch); £37 (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), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19 (20–25 whiskies per month)
  • House wine: £27.50 per bottle

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A Dram Is Worth a Thousand Words

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Home of the largest single malt, single cask collection, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society invites you to a three dram tutored whisky tasting like no other, in the company of our brand ambassador.

Wed 1 Aug

Oval room

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 2044

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 2 Aug

Oval room

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 2044

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Oval room

£15 (£13) / 0131 220 2044

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 28 more dates until 31 Aug

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