Cook School & Dining Room By Martin Wishart

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Cook School & Dining Room By Martin Wishart
14 Bonnington Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5JD
  • Telephone 0131 553 3557
  • Food served Fri/Sat 7.30–10pm only.
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Cook School & Dining Room By Martin Wishart

Martin Wishart's newly refurbished cook school is now open for weekend dining, with a four-course seasonal tasting menu prepared in front of you.

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Restaurateurs across the globe are (probably) continuously asking themselves, how do I get my customers truly salivating? Martin Wishart has found the answer. Sit 20 or so guests in a modern, comfortable setting, facing a spotless stainless-steel kitchen with a large mirror across the ceiling. Serve excellent wines from a small list perfectly matched to a set four-course menu that changes monthly. Get your chosen chef to talk about rillettes of crab with pickled cucumber and bergamot as he assembles it, so their ears and eyes are feasting but they have to wait a little before you let them eat it. Get chef to cook another course, like braised rabbit ravioli with rocket pesto and parmesan velouté, so the aromas gently assault their nostrils. Invite them up to watch and ask questions as the chef sizzles the finest Merguez sausage with confit duck, tomatoes, beans and saucisson de Morteau so all their senses are buzzing, then reward them by serving them the resulting cassoulet. Tease and satisfy them again with a beautiful Armagnac parfait with praline tuile. Job done.

The List's rating






Megan Welford visited Cook School & Dining Room By Martin Wishart on 9 February 2019
  • High point: An innovative concept, beautifully executed
  • Low point: Don’t meet a long-lost friend there – it’d be rude to ignore the chef
  • Notable dish: Cassoulet Castelnaudary
  • Average price: £38 (set dinner)
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From January 2014, classes at this extra-smart, modern cook school are made up of the Martin Wishart Masterclass, hosted by the man himself, Practical Cookery day classes, and the shorter Learn then Lunch. This is made up of a cookery demonstration followed by a three course lunch (plus canapés, amuse-bouches and petits four to finish). New classes are announced to the mailing list every three months, and a now booked using on a reserve and pay basis - be aware they book up very quickly.

Did you know that we will be opening for evening dining at the newly renovated Cook School from Friday, 2nd November 2018?

The Cook School & Dining Room will serve a four course seasonal tasting menu every Friday & Saturday evening.

Guests will arrive at 7:30pm, they will then be seated within our new open plan Cook School Kitchen & Dining Room, where they can enjoy a drink from our bar and wine list, with dinner being served from 8:00pm.

Please note this is a set menu, you will need to notify us of allergies and dietary requirements prior to the dates.

Pre booking is required.

Our Seasonal demonstration and lunch events are still held on various dates throughout the year - check our website for full details

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen
  • Live entertainment: Cooking!
  • Capacity: 25
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £25 per bottle

Reviews & features

Martin Wishart to open new brasserie in Edinburgh city centre

28 Mar 2011

Michelin-starred chef to open premises on North Castle Street

When Martin Wishart’s modest but ambitious restaurant on Leith’s Shore picked up a Michelin star in 2001, Edinburgh breathed a sigh of relief. It had caught up with Glasgow, where Andrew Fairlie’s kitchen at One Devonshire Gardens already had a star and…

Food for Thought: Cook School by Martin Wishart

6 Aug 2009

I’m off to the cook school run by a Michelin-starred chef, so there’s no point in a big breakfast, is there? You do get to eat at a cook school, don’t you? Arrive for a 9.30am start and there’s a pot of coffee on the table, thankfully. Halfway through…

Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart offers some pointers on Scotland's smoked fish

1 May 2009

The smoking of fish is one of the few Scottish traditional practices related to food to be flourishing today. Here we provide a spotters’ guide to the differences in Scotland’s best-known smoked fish, while Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart offers…