Mark any occasion over fine food and drink, in some of Edinburgh’s most unique venues. Pull up a chair surrounded by some of Scotland’s most iconic art or in some of the capital’s most beautiful nearby castles with an unforgettable private dining experience.
Architecturally astonishing private dining venues
Edinburgh’s skyline of pointed spires and turrets means there’s no shortage of sultry private dining venues. Mansfield Traquair’s interiors of murals and neo-Romanesque architecture is a unique venue that transports you to a bygone era. It’s been lovingly restored and is the ideal choice for a feast, hosting up to 350 in banquet lay-out. Its official caterer is Heritage Portfolio, with its many years’ experience of catering for heritage properties.
If exquisite art and architecture is what you’re after, then The Merchants’ Hall is one of the city’s most graceful and elegant settings for private dining. It holds up to 150 in a banquet style in a variety of prestigious function rooms. Smaller, more intimate lunches and dinners can be held in The Court Room where portraits by Raeburn and Ramsay hang, The Hall or The Crush Hall depending on your event.
The historic Signet Library features some of the city’s most impressive architecture, built to a design by Robert Reid, who was the last King’s architect in Scotland in 1840. It can seat up to 220 guests for banquet style dining. Mansfield Traquair, The Merchant’s Hall and the Signet Library all enjoy accessible facilities.
For a blend of modernity and heritage, look to the Royal College of Physicians on the capital’s Queen Street with views over Queens Street Gardens. Its history finds its roots in the 1770’s, and it can play host to intimate dinners or larger banquets alike.
Edinburgh Landmark private dining venues
Dine in a piece of Scottish history at Edinburgh Castle. Scotland’s most famous landmark can play host to exclusive lavish dinners for up to 120. Guests visiting the Castle can indulge in a private tour to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny.
Berthed in the port of Leith, The Royal Yacht is a very unique venue, on the water. Her Majesty the Queen’s former floating palace, Britannia boasts magnificent views over the Forth. It houses a collection of stunning spaces perfect for exclusive dining, from intimate affairs to larger dinners of up to 196.
For dramatic private dining, The Hub is a Grade A listed former Church which dominates the entrance to Castlehill. The interior fuses contemporary design with classic Victorian architecture. Dinners for 10 to 300 can be held at the venue, which sits at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The Events Team work with local suppliers, advise on menus and are devoted to catering with Scottish flavours, for a truly unique Edinburgh event.
All these venues are disabled access friendly.
Private dining amidst precious collections
Mark any occasion over fine food and drink surrounded by world-famous works of art. The National Galleries of Scotland is a collection of three galleries in the heart of Edinburgh – Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Big names such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol make it one of the leading choices for private dining in surroundings that celebrate the arts. It boasts a range of award-winning venues catering for up to 200 in a banquet setting. Each gallery building has its own distinct character, making for a truly unique atmosphere for your private lunch or dinner.
If your taste runs to textiles, wow guests at the former Victorian Baths-turned contemporary exhibition space, Dovecot Studios. Catering for up to 250 in a banquet style, you can dine surrounded by beautiful contemporary tapestry, in a grand space with arches, and a soaring vaulted ceiling.
For ‘art’ of a completely different kind, the award-winning Scotch Whisky Experience offers a five-course feasts under the amber glow of the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky, for up to ten. This stunning space is available for tastings should your dining numbers be more suited to the larger Blenders’ or Castlehill Rooms. Every function room at The Scotch Whisky Experience is a truly unique blend of, well, blends, and Scottish cuisine.
Scottish country estate private dining venues
Edinburgh is surrounded by rolling hills of exquisite Scottish countryside, easily reached with a quick drive or train, from the city centre. Dundas Castle is an example of a venue boasting a range of elegant rooms, some with floor-to-ceiling windows (such as The Croquet Room) with views over the estate. Or you could choose a magnificent banquet in historic 13th century Stag Chamber.
To the East of Edinburgh, twenty minutes from the centre, lies Winton House, a truly inspiring Scottish country house, perfect for unique private dining for up to 400. Entertainment can be arranged in the form of a ceilidh or a DJ, and guests are granted access to some of the historic rooms, which radiate all the beauty of the Scottish Renaissance.
Scotland’s ‘finest stately home’ lies just twelve miles from the city centre in the form of Hopetoun House. It’s an impressive venue which can host banquets for up to 300 guests. The summer months are a great time to take advantage of the expanse of manicured lawns, upon which a marquee can be set up, offering private dining space for up to 2000 guests.
Alternatively, hold a private dining feast at Gilmerton House, a breath-taking Grade A listed Georgian Mansion set upon a thousand acres of land. It has a far-reaching history, having been in the Kinloch family for over twelve generations. There’s a range of flexible private dining rooms, as well as a courtyard, terrace and beautiful gardens.
Private dining venues with access to the great outdoors
Musselburgh Racecourse, home to the racetrack and historic Musselburgh old Course Golf Course can be laid out banquet style for up to 80 guests. It’s perfect for a range of occasions and adapts to many uses including racing, athletics and theatre – letting you include entertainment at your private dining event.
Edinburgh Zoo is not only home to some thousand rare and incredible animals; it’s a unique venue for private dining held in one of the venues or outside. Up to 250 guests can be accommodated for divine food and drink in an unusual setting. For a venue with serious outdoor potential, opt for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society which features access to Queen’s Street Gardens for guests.
For larger events which celebrate the beauty of nature, opt for Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which spans over 70 acres of immaculately kept garden. It’s the world’s second oldest botanical garden, with indoor venues catering for up to 650 in a banquet style. It’s easily reached from the city centre, and it’s got one of the most incredible views of the Edinburgh skyline, in all the city.
Large scale private dining venues
National Museums Scotland boasts a collection of venues seating up to an incredible 1000 for a private dinner in the Grand Gallery of The National Museum of Scotland. It’s a spectacular venue with a stake in Scottish cultural heritage.
When multi-purpose events space is what you need, Unique Venues of Edinburgh have some of the best choices in Edinburgh. Our Dynamic Earth is one of the city’s bigger venues for unique private dining. It hosts up to 600 in a banquet style, and is perfect for large corporate events. It’s a collection of immersive spaces, which can be decorated and styled to different themes. Alternatively, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh is a large historic venue with rooms lit by impressive chandeliers. The award-winning Georgian A-listed building can host up to 500 in a banquet style.
Vast private dining events demand something simply incredible. Edinburgh International Climbing Arena is a soaring space with a capacity of up to 1,800. It offers both privacy for your exclusive event, alongside the possibility to hold big, big numbers. It’s a little out of the city centre, but enjoys close proximity near to the M8 and M9, and is just ten minutes from the airport.