The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Price guide: Mid-range

28 Queen Street, Edinburgh

Price guide: Mid-range

Whisky anyone?

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#27 of 40
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Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, People watching, Relaxation, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

The Scottish Malt Whisky Society restaurant is open to non-members. Not stuffy - just fab!

Yes this is The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, but don’t worry, you don’t need to be a member to enjoy a meal here. Their rather nice dining room is open to everyone and the food is very good indeed. So no winged-leather chairs with disapproving portly Winston Churchill look-a-likes puffing cigars in here; just a welcoming smile and - as you might expect - the suggestion of a good whisky before and after your meal.

Food and drink: 

Delicious and fresh Scottish produce such as venison, salmon and in season game. The menu is developed and produced by James Freeman, the very accomplished chef. The menu du jour is great value; I’d go for that, as it has come from the market so will be seasonal and fresh. 

Recommended dishes: 

How does breast of pheasant, roast onion with bread sauce, savoy cabbage and crispy ham sound? Perfect Autumn 2010 fare.

Ambience: 

A large Georgian room, painted in warm creams with an open fire and upholstered chairs with linen table cloths; it's lovely, light and comfortable to sit in, and feels like a special occasion.

Service: 

Professional, courteous and knowledgable.

Location: 

In Edinburgh’s New Town in a classic building. A sense of grandeur but not pretentious at all.

Price advice: 

Menu of the day (available Mon-Sat lunch and Tues-Sat 5pm-6.40pm) is excellent value at £14.75 for two courses and three for £18.75. Of course you can go off-plan and you can expect to pay about £10 for a starter and £18 for a main course, desserts are about £8.

More information on The Scotch Malt Whisky Society:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, International, Scottish, Seafood, Traditional
Address:
28 Queen Street, Edinburgh
Telephone:
0131 220 2044
Website:
http://www.thediningroomedinburgh.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm and Tue-Sat 5pm-9.30pm (last orders)
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
game, venison, pheasant

Have you been to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

I may be biased as I am a member and live in Edinburgh...... but the food is excellent and well priced for the quality. Give it a go!