The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Address: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 220 2044

- Mid-range

4.4

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
4.3
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Service
4.1
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
4.2
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.4
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions

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