Top 6 Unusual and Best Dining Rooms in Edinburgh

06 October 2014

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Edinburgh is officially the restaurant capital of the UK. With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the country, it’s hardly surprising that the restaurant-going audience is sophisticated and demanding. Whether for corporate hospitality or family celebrations, increasing numbers desire the additional exclusivity of an intimate private room. This demand is being met not just by hotels and restaurants, but by a profusion of unusual venues promising a unique take on the private dining experience. Here, we profile six of the best.

The Officer's Wardroom, Royal Yacht Britannia, Leith

When Britannia was in service, the intimate Wardroom was where the ship's Officers would assemble to dine and relax, often joined by the Queen and Prince Phillip. Today, in the newly opened Officer’s Wardoom, 8-18 guests can experience a feast for the senses, with a bespoke six-course tasting menu created by Britannia’s Executive Chef, Mark Alston, prepared in the original galley and accompanied by the finest Champagnes. A combination of superb cuisine, impeccable service, and the feeling of walking in royal footsteps makes attending an event on board Britannia a lifetime highlight.

The Whisky Collection, The Scotch Whisky Experience, Castlehill

A black marble and glass vault containing nearly 3,500 bottles of Scotch whisky offers a dramatic and lavish setting for a sumptuous five-course feast. Up to 10 may dine in The Whisky Collection under the Swarovski Chandelier, surrounded by a beautiful Amber light that appears to emanate from within the spirit itself. With sumptuous five course menus that are individually crafted for each event by Executive Head Chef David Neave, and a super-premium Whisky matched to the dessert, The Whisky Collection has fast established itself as one of Edinburgh’s most noted dining spaces, entertaining families and friends as well as Government Heads and Business Leaders.

The David Douglas Room, Gateway Restaurant, Royal Botanic Gardens

With panoramic views of the Biodiversity Gardens and the Inverleith Lawn beyond afforded by its glass walls, The David Douglas Room is named after the famous Botanist who gave his name to The Douglas Fir. The stunning view seems to grow even more spectacular in the winter months, when the trees shed their summer foliage, and the Edinburgh skyline is revealed. The Room’s location allows easy access to the Gateway Restaurant’s spacious decked area, and gives guests private access to the Garden beyond.

Salon Privée, Prestonfield House Hotel, Prestonfield

All the rooms featured in this run down are intimate, but none more so than Salon Privée at Five-star Prestonfield House Hotel, with a capacity of just two. Accessed via a turret stair in the magnificent Baronial building, and decorated as decadently as one would expect, the small but perfectly formed banqueting room offers the ultimate in romance, with a dedicated servitor just a bell-call away.

The Boardroom, National Museums of Scotland, George IV Bridge

This truly stunning dining room, with its circular burr maple wood table, comfortable sofas and cushions, and fabulous view of the Castle, has become one of Edinburgh's most sought-after venues. Situated in The National Musem's starkly modern round tower, The Boardroom offers a choice of caterers, including the team from renowned restaurant 'The Tower'. A further surprise awaits, as guests have access to a stunning private terrace with views over the city.

The Douglas Room, Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place

There are many magnificent Georgian dining rooms in Edinburgh, but few whose outlook can fool guests into thinking they are in the country. The Royal Scot's Club's Douglas Room, with views across the stunning Queen Street Gardens, has a uniquely rural feel – an escape from the city within one of Edinburgh’s finest buildings.  Guests can enjoy a superb private ‘Beating the Retreat’ within the gardens to bring a spectacular conclusion to any event – one of the few places in Edinburgh where this is possible.