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Celebrate your graduation in Edinburgh

10 June 2016

Students in the Capital will be aware that graduation is right around the corner, and after years of studying, essays, projects and exams it's finally time to celebrate all your hard work with your friends and family.

After spending all year working so hard the last thing you need is even more stress planning this special occasion, so take a look at rundown of some of the best spots in the city to celebrate your well-earned academic achievements. 

Acanthus Restaurant

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Open for lunch and dinner, Acanthus Restaurant is the ideal place to enjoying your student success and kick start your graduation celebrations in style. Acanthus currently have a graduation menu with their 3 course lunch priced at £20.00 and 3 course dinner at £25.00. Also enjoy their seasonal Table d'hôte menu with a complimentary glass of fizz for the graduate. The restaurant is located right in front of the Crags which means a great opportunity to get some last minute pictures of you in your graduation gown! 

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU, 0344 8799 028, (website)

Blackwood's Bar & Grill

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Tucked away in the qaint New Town area of Gloucester Pl, why not celebrate graduation with your loved ones at this lovely Edinburgh hidden gem? You can enjoy their graduation menu at £40 per person which includes a starter, main and dessert. The kitchen at Blackwood's Bar & Grill has a josper grill, which makes for a flavoursome rib eye steak or Shetland mussels!

6 Gloucester Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6EF, 0131 225 2720, (website)

The Honours Restaurant

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Celebrate your honours degree fittingly at Martin Wishart's Honours Restaurant located in the picturesque New Town. This fine dining restaurant offers French-Scottish dishes that will be sure to impress your friends and family on your special day. Make sure you book early to ensure you get a table in this sumptuous restaurant

58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU, 0131 220 2513, (website)

La Favorita and Vittoria 

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Celebrate your graduation Italian style at La Favorita and Vittoria restaurants. Enjoy a taste of Italy with hearty pasta dishes, endless salad and breadsticks, and fine wines right here in Edinburgh. The restaurants are offering graduates free bubbly if you book a table with them to celebrate your special day!

Vittoria Group, Various Locations. (website)

La Garrigue Edinburgh 

Lagarrigue Restaurant

This chic Edinburgh establishment offers that high-end French dining feel at a good price. With stunning views of Calton Hill, this restaurant is themed around French Languedoc food and wines and is a cross between an up market restaurant and a bistro. Picking up two AA rosettes since opening, this French countryside eatery is a must try for students due to depart Edinburgh in the coming months.

Top top: Tell them that This is Edinburgh sent you and you will receive a glass or sparking wine on arrival for parties of four or more! 

31 Jeffrey St, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, 0131 557 3032, (website) 

The Outsider Restaurant

Looking for a meal with a view in relaxed surroundings? Then book in for a special graduation dinner at the Outsider Restaurant located on George IV Bridge. The amazing castle views make it a truly special venue, especially if your friends and family are new to Edinburgh, and are still to be wowed by the Old Town's delights.

George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EE, 0131 226 3131, (website)

Rhubarb at Prestonfield

Rhubarb Prestonfield

Enjoy fine luxury dinning at a peaceful and tranquil restaurant only a few minutes from the city centre. Prestonfield is a magnificent country house hotel set in its own gardens with strutting peacocks for you to admire. Serving up some of Scotland's finest produce and and crafting gastronimocal masterpieces, this is a restaurant which really knows how to look after its guests.

Priestfield Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5UT, 0131 225 1333, (website) 

The Scran & Scallie

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Located in Edinburgh's Stockbridge, The Scran & Scallie is a must for all Edinburgh residents. Run by Michelin starred chef Tom Kitchin, the eatery offers up super-charged gastropub food in luxurious and trendy surroundings, sure to leave you impressed. The restaurant is renowned for sourcing seasonal local ingredients of the highest quality and serving up some of Scotland's best beers and spirits.    

1 Comely Bank Rd, Edinburgh EH4 1DT, 0131 332 6281, (website)

Ting Thai Caravan

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If you and your family are looking for a quick and tasty no frills meal with a seriously authentic Asian punch, then head on over to the Ting Thai Caravan. This eaterie is a cult favourite with Edinburgh students, so why not round off your final student days by celebrating graduation here? With some of Edinburgh's most genuine Thai food on offer, indulge in a sweet and sour papaya salad or a tasty pad thai to round off your big day.

8–9 Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QZ, 0131 225 9801 

Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder

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If you'd rather raise a dram to your degree, you're in luck. At Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder they believe excellent drinks should be sipped alongside exceptional cuisine. Their menu is carefully curated with imbiding in mind, and reflects the natural quality and variety of Scotland’s larder. Their graduation menu is £25.00 per person, and if you'd like a whisky expertly matched to each course, it'll be £40 per person. 

2-4 Hope St, Edinburgh EH2 4DB, (website)

Whiski Bar & Restaurant

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If your family are looking for live music and fun atmosphere, head to Whiski Bar & Restaurant which is tucked in between the Royal Mile and the Mound. With food and drinks crafted with the famous Scottish tipple in mind, you're sure to find something to meet all tastes, even for those not too fond of a nip! The food and live music make this place one-of-a-kind, and their endless list of whiskies is also a bonus is you are looking to make a night of it!

119 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SG, 0131 556 3095, (website)

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