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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

£109
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3
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Were our reporters just unlucky this year at this famous dining room in one of the city’s most imposing hotels? Named for King Louis XV of France’s favourite mistress, its muralled ceiling and opulent decor are in contrast to the cutting-edge style of star chef Dean Banks’s eight-course tasting menu for £105 per person. But whereas there’s a host of enthusiastic reviews of the experience to be found online, our feedback this year was limited and downbeat: “was expecting great things from DB at the Pompadour but ended up really disappointed”.

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).

For 33 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No dress code
55

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 80.00 Always available 8
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
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
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑12 am

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