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Turn your event into an experience

Serious food lovers can tuck into some of the greatest gastronomic offerings in this fine city where exquisite cuisine is always served with a smile. Unique Venues of Edinburgh have put together a collection of impressive settings where meals created by top chefs can be consumed in the most breathtaking surroundings.

Enjoy a meal with regal splendour served on a royal yacht or devour a banquet fit for a king inside the battlements of your own Scottish castle. Whisk your guests away for some fine dining inside a magnificent Scottish Stately Home or for that perfect blend of business and pleasure, break the ice with a whisky tasting in the heart of a historic vault.

If you’re looking to book a truly unique venue guaranteed to give your event the edge, look no further than Edinburgh. Don’t just book an event – book an experience. A unique experience.

Au natural

Edinburgh Zoo is home to over a thousand rare species, so take a walk on the wild side and step into the historic Mansion House which has a range of stunning rooms to choose from. If it’s a meal for more than 90 then the magnificent Macmillan Room with breath taking views across the Pentland Hills could be just right for you. For a more intimate feel why not try the Keith Rooms with beautiful south-facing views over the gardens. The dedicated team of chefs can cook up a fabulous feast, whether for a large corporate event or smaller private party.

Exotic plants and trees in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden provide a stunning backdrop to four unique dining spaces. Whether it’s dinner for 250 with dancing on the decking, or a more modest meal requirement, the botanic gardens, set in 70 acres of tranquil grounds is the perfect peaceful venue for a party.

If you want to add a splash of colour to your cuisine, why not dine surrounded by some of Scotland’s most impressive art collections at The National Galleries of Scotland or soak up the cultural gems in the opulent National Museums of Scotland.

Book a banquet for 150 at the historic Royal College of Physicians in the centre of the city and dine surrounded by medical memorabilia in its vast Victorian Great Hall.

Regal and Romantic

Sitting on the top of a volcanic rock with the city lights twinkling below, Edinburgh Castle is a truly iconic dining destination. Eat like kings of the past and enjoy a banquet in full regal splendour in this magnificent 18th century construction. Step inside the castle walls, there are three stunning venues to choose from – and add an extra sparkle to your night with a private viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels.

Just a few miles away in the bustling Port of Leith, another unique dining destination is docked. We say ‘climb onboard’ for an evening of outstanding nautical opulence at the most impressive Royal Yacht Britannia. Dine on the Royal Deck of this floating palace and take in the panoramic sea views.
A team of highly talented chefs will prepare a feast which would have been quite literally fit for a King (or even a Queen) in the original royal gallery.

With feet firmly back on dry land, take a walk back up the historic Royal Mile and eat among awe-inspiring architecture in Edinburgh’s The Hub. Originally home to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, this historic building boasts the tallest spire in the city as well as some awe-inspiring Victorian architecture.

Country cuisine

If you’re after a venue with a country twist, there’s a wealth of private castles and stately homes to chose from. Just 20 miles from the heart of the city is Gilmerton House, an impressive Georgian Mansion in the heart of the beautiful East Lothian Countryside. Dine in exquisite style in the wooden panelled Music Room which seats 64 – you’ll be in good company, David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay have been here.

On the outskirts of Edinburgh city, you’ll find one of Scotland’s finest stately homes – Hopetoun House. Set in 6,500 acres of stunning countryside, dine in the impressive Red Drawing Room or State Dining Room, ideal for banquets for up to 270 people.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, you’ll find the spectacular Dundas Castle. You can hire the whole 15th century castle complete with roaring fires and chandeliers or opt for a smaller slice of history and enjoy a meal in one of its dining rooms, the Medieval Stag Chamber for a more intimate meal to the chandelier-lit Pavilion with its floor to ceiling windows and dance floor for a larger gathering.

Whisky Galore

For a venue that provides a perfect blend of business and pleasure what could be better than the Scotch Whisky Experience at the top of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile.It’s a five-star attraction with its own private dining rooms for up to 80 guests, and you can always break the ice with a private whisky tasting.

It’s a similar story at the historic Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Vaults, just a few miles away in Leith. Dating back to the 18th century, The Cask Room has been carefully renovated to provide a unique dining hide-away for up to 32 guests.

Dynamic Dining

Go back to the future at the more modern setting of the city’s Dynamic Earth next to the Scottish Parliament and a stone’s throw from the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Not only does this venue tell the torrid tale of planet Earth, it also offers a spectacular space which offers thrilling themed dining experiences. Chose from the dramatic setting of The Stratosphere which boasts a magnificent translucent roof and glass walls and feeds up to 550 people, to private dining at the unforgettable Rainforest Gallery which seats up to 30 guests.

If you want to hedge your bets why not sip fizz and devour delicious food with some of the finest fillies at Musselburgh Racecourse. Make sure you’re first past the post at this fast-paced fine dining experience which caters for up to 200 guests. Don’t leave empty handed – ask a ‘Talking Tipster’ to come along to make sure everyone’s a winner.

Go Big

If it’s volume you’re after, there’s a huge selection of venues in Edinburgh that cater for clients on a large scale. Make sure your event exceeds every expectation and book the breathtaking A-listed Assembly Rooms in the centre of the city. It caters for up to 750 people.

Or let your guests feel on top of the world and take them to the Edinburgh International Climbing Area. Its capacity for up to 1,800 makes it a truly unique large-scale dining venue with a difference.