The Dining Room

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 9am–11pm; Thu–Sat 9am–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
  • Average price £22 (set lunch); £42 (set evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £21.95
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The Dining Room

The restaurant of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Dining Room is handsomely elegant as well as dependably excellent.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Unsurprisingly, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society revolves unequivocally around Scotland’s national drink. However, its city centre restaurant also offers a showcase for top-notch cooking using fine ingredients from the nation’s larder. The dining area is a bright, high-ceilinged space with large windows framed by plaid curtains. Cotton table cloths and good quality glasses confirm that both food and drink are taken seriously here. An amuse-bouche with matching whisky sample launches a parade of Scottish produce represented in a skilful manner by James Freeman, chef since 2004. Starters include thinly-sliced mallard duck served with sloe gin, orange and beetroot, a marriage of textures and flavours that is sweet to the taste. Among the mains is a combination of sprouts, onions in buttermilk, barley and ale – each element making a delicious contribution without overpowering the star of the show, moist roast partridge. Desserts are an artistic triumph, with delicate carpaccio of rhubarb as easy on the eye as it is on the palate. And, given the venue, there is no better way to round off the meal than with a dram.

  • High point: Tasting menu with matching whiskies or wines
  • Low point: Surcharge for groups of six or more
  • Notable dish: Roast partridge, pancetta, caramelised sprouts, onionsin buttermilk, pearly barley, red ale

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
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle

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