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Ranald Macdonald’s “civilised and fun” Belgravia bastion – if you like all things hearty and male – is known for its meaty Scottish fare (“splendid grouse” and other game in season), marvellous wines and whiskies, “excellent cigar terrace”, and live jazz. Even those who feel prices are excessive, or have encountered “poor service”, say they use “superb quality meat” and admit that results are “pretty good”.
“Plush jock-inese decor”… “spectacular cigar terrace and whisky selection”… “amazing wine list”… “traditional, meaty Scottish fare”… live jazz – this Belgravia bastion is well-known as a “clubbable” redoubt of male revelry; its ratings were hit this year though by some reports of “terrible” service and “unexciting” meals.
With its “plush tartan decor”, “meaty Scottish fare” and impressive list of whiskies and wines, this “convivial” Belgravia bastion “oozes a sense of ‘male preserve’”; “smokers delight to find somewhere that positively encourages smoking… on the excellent roof terrace”.
“A superb cigar terrace” is amongst the manly attractions of this Belgravia “bastion” of Scottish Baronial sensibility; it is also known for its “perfect” steak, “excellent” wine, and “splendid” whiskies, all at prices some find “a bit OTT”.
Adjoining the restaurant is the Courtyard Garden with a retractable roof for alfresco dining in summer and the Back Bar serving a good selection of draft ales. The Cigar Terrace is completely covered and on the first floor roof with sofas, armchairs, and cushions as well as overhead heaters and tartan rugs for the winter. The Jacobite Room is a richly paneled room ideal for private lunches and dinners with a plasma screen and conference call facilities. A selection of menus to suit every budget in on offer and we can organize anything from live music and flowers to speakers and entertainers.
*If not specified, all bookings are made for the Macdonal restaurant
The Jacobite Room, located on the first floor is an elegant room with a distinctive design of deep reds and greens and rich mahogany panelling, embellished with a dash of Macdonald tartan. It offers complete privacy and is ideal for hosting birthdays, anniversaries and parties for up to 22.
The Back Bar, located on the ground floor in the mews cottage behind the restaurant and overlooking the Courtyard Garden, is an informal room reminiscent of a traditional country pub. It is a cosy and welcoming refuge from the bustle of Belgravia. The room can hold a maximum of 26 guests for a sit down dinner or 40 for a drinks reception and can be hired for private functions on Mondays and Tuesdays subject to availability.
The Courtyard Garden is planted with scented blooms all year round and offers a perfect location for alfresco dining in the summer as it has a retractable roof and, being centrally heated, for candlelit dinners in winter. The Courtyard Garden offers a degree of privacy without being cut off from the atmosphere of the main restaurant. It can sit a maximum of 20 guests.
The Auld Restaurant is an elegant and spacious dining room adorned with oil paintings and family heirlooms available for sit down dinners for up to 34. This room has its own bar and therefore it is suitable for champagne and cocktail receptions for up to 40
Boisdale Restaurant Diner Reviews
"I have eaten here many times and it is a totally reliable and excellent experience all round and the cigar terrace sets it apart from many other venues. A fun and delicious evening always happens here."