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Closed in January 2020 after 95 years, Pompadour has now been given a new lease of life, at the hands of Dean Banks, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist and most recently chef at Haar.

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Summary

£105
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A superb location, where the chef's culinary skills are effectively displayed” – Dean Banks is succeeding where others have failed in this plush and “romantic” dining room, dating from 1925. Culinarily speaking, it’s in a similar ambitious vein to his St Andrews venture, Haar, and even a reporter who thought it is “maybe a bit pricey” concludes that “the quality of food and the high standards effectively make this a no-brainer to visit”.

Summary

Chef Dean Banks is the latest name to take the reins of this august and spacious dining room, first opened in 1925 – about 20 years after the grand hotel that contains it – and run in recent years by The Galvin brothers (and then briefly by Dan Ashmore). At dinner (lunch is simpler), it presents two tasting menus for £85 and £125 per head in a similar culinary vein to his St Andrews venture, Haar (see also).

Summary

£93
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4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The ambience is one to savour for a special occasion” at this pretty and romantic chamber: long one of the city’s landmark dining rooms. Just as our survey was underway, in spring 2019, the Galvin brothers severed their ties with it, but chef Dan Ashmore remains at the stoves, so we’ve maintained its high ratings on our bet that this will be a case of ‘plus ça change’. Choose between a three-course à la carte selection for £55, or a seven-course mystery tasting menu at £70.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No dress code
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Dean Banks at The Pompadour Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Dean Banks at The Pompadour Restaurant in EH1, Edinburgh by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Dean Banks at The Pompadour restaurant.
Donna B
An experience not to be missed...
Reviewed 11 months, 29 days ago

"An experience not to be missed"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 80.00 Dinner only 7

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5 pm‑12 am
Thursday5 pm‑12 am
Friday5 pm‑12 am
Saturday5 pm‑12 am
Sunday5 pm‑12 am

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