The Grain Store

Price guide: Expensive

30 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Eh1 2JW

Price guide: Expensive

Victoria Street

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#40 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.6
3.6
Ambience:
5
5.0
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
3.4
3.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, History, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of The Grain Store

Great Scottish food and rustic charm in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

The Grainstore has been on the Edinburgh restaurant scene for years and it is rightfully as popular as ever. Their emphasis is on Scottish food and, from their own home-baked bread to their gamey delicious mains and sweets from heaven, they do what they do, very well indeed. This first floor eatery consists of a number of small vaulted stone walled cellars which gives a unique and cosy atmosphere. It's got wooden floors, and the layout is higgelty piggelty with alcoves all over the place; as far away from the minimalist world as you can get.

Not viable for disabled access, do bear that in mind.

Food and drink: 

Scottish produce is the specialitiy. Lamb, beef, venison, game, whichever is in season at the time, seafood and seasonal veg too.

Recommended dishes: 

It's game every time for me. It's something us Scots do well. Venison is low fat, high protein and when cooked well - you will be hooked. Try the cheese too, it's a lovely selection.

Ambience: 

Ambience is reason enough to go to The Grain Store. Stone-walled and candle-lit with fresh flowers: it sounds clautrophobic but it's not. There is history in these walls, and you can just feel it.

Service: 

Casual, laid back, can be slow, but relax and enjoy it.

Location: 

On a first floor in Victoria Street, one of the best streets in Edinburgh for guddling about; it runs between The Grassmarket and George IV Bridge, next stop The Royal Mile.

Price advice: 

Dinner is expensive. There is no other way of putting it with main courses starting at £14 then the prices hike to £22 and up to a mighty £30. Lunch is a good deal though at two courses for £11.50 or three for £15.

More information on The Grain Store:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
Scottish
Address:
30 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Eh1 2JW
Telephone:
0131 225 7635
Website:
http://www.grainstore-restaurant.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun noon-1.45pm and 6pm-9.45pm, last orders 10pm/11pm Fri/Sat
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
venison, seasonal game, homemade bread

Have you been to The Grain Store? Would you recommended it?