- Telephone 0131 225 7224
- Seasonal times Festival: food served until 10.30pm; bar open until 3am
- Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am.
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm.
- Average price £12 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.whiskirooms.co.uk
Warm, sociable surroundings in which to sample traditional Scottish food and a wee nip.
The Whiski Rooms is owned by one of Scotland's most iconic whiskies, Ardbeg, in turn owned by one of the world’s leading luxury goods conglomerates, LVMH. So it’s a testament to the management that it’s a place that feels neither sleekly corporate, nor opportunistically touristy. There’s a friendly, pubby energy about it, somewhere to drink, chat and enjoy hearty food. Whisky of course plays a central role (and not just the LVMH brands) with several suggested on the menu to match the food, like a delicious combination of Skye’s smoky Talisker 10 alongside a steak and Innis & Gunn pie. The cooking inches its way between good pub grub and fancier food, so the aforementioned pie (a rustic top crust-only number) might share a table with a rare venison loin, presented in a somewhat fantoosh fashion under a translucent cloche of smoke. There’s a slightly hokey Scottishness to some of the menu; Cullen skink, haggis, smoked salmon, and cranachan are all a bit obvious, but it doesn’t stop them being reliably delicious, and, most importantly, excellent with a dram.
- High point: It’s a lively, unstuffy spot with an exciting range of whiskies
- Low point: It’s a shame the same can’t be said for the range of beers
- Notable dish: Venison loin with beetroot, mushrooms and compressed blackberry
- Private dining: Ardbeg Ambassador Room - 8 for dinner, 12 for drinks
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 78
- Largest group: 81
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle