Wedgwood The Restaurant
Restaurant in Edinburgh
Modern Scottish Restaurant
Popular locations do not breed quality restaurants. Leicester Square, Times Square, the Royal Mile – all are packed with mediocre restaurants serving up mediocre meals.
But look a little deeper and you can always find a gem or two hidden among the tourist traps. And on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile that gem goes by the name of Wedgwood.
When Paul Wedgwood and Lisa Channon decided to open this restaurant in 2007 they wanted to create their perfect night out. This would mean fine dining without the fuss, high quality without the pretention, and absolutely no turning the tables or rushing their guests.
And so on our arrival there is no pressure to order. We chat for ages over the menu, discussing the merits of langoustine and lobster and gently debating Chablis versus Cab Sav. In the end we can’t narrow things down and so over the course of the next few hours we tuck in to everything from Shetland scallops served with cauliflower korma, to Scottish beef fillet with haggis, brandy and pepper cream.
The wine list more than matches up to the food, with a huge range of choices from worlds old and new, but the main focus is always what’s on our plates, with flavour combinations that provoke some debate. I am not entirely sure about the pineapple that comes with my scallops but the steak’s creamy sauce is a definite winner and the Caol Ila butterscotch that is served with the sticky toffee pudding provides a warming jolt of Scottish whisky to send us out into the night.
And it’s a good job that something did. Because no rush really does mean no rush here and time slips by without a murmur. We only just make it to the concert we have tickets for, but we really don’t care – we’ve found the Royal Mile’s best restaurant.
Helen Ochyra is a freelance travel writer and editor based in London
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Evenings only|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Romance, Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Dining Options||Lunch, Dinner|
A clean and modern décor.
Starters from £6.95, mains from £26.95. Wine starts from £4 a glass and £19 a bottle. A glass of Champagne from £8.50, bottle £45.
Last updated on 10-09-2013