Harden's survey result
“Located near the approach to Edinburgh Castle”, James Thomson’s longstanding fixture of the Edinburgh restaurant scene offers atmosphere in abundance, with its darkly gothic original dining room, or gorgeous ‘Secret Garden’, although it’s so well-known nowadays it “can be full of American and Japanese tourists”. The food has always played second fiddle here, both to its looks and to its 500-bin wine list and extensive range of malt whiskies, Armagnacs, digestifs and liqueurs.
“Unique, delicious, atmospheric, amazing!”; though the food choice at this gothic dining room near the castle is “limited” (and tends to play second fiddle to the “extensive” wines), reporters don’t much seem to mind – doubtless owing to the “dazzling” setting. The adjoining candle-lit Secret Garden, also simply “glows with romance”.
This dark, dramatic gothic dining room near the castle – the building also hosts a brighter chamber, The Secret Garden – certainly provides a superbly “atmospheric” and “romantic” destination. Its cuisine and heavyweight wine selection continue to elicit slightly up-and-down reviews, however, and even its most ardent fans can find it “overpriced”.
There’s no denying the bewitchingly “romantic” appeal of this “very atmospheric” Gothic landmark near the castle (“equally lovely in the wood-panelled room, or the beautiful garden room”), and its “stupendous” wine list is equally intoxicating. The food, though, can seem “staggeringly average and eyewateringly expensive”.
|Wine per bottle||£24.00|
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-11:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-11:30 pm|