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Edinburgh’s most famous restaurant in the city’s most legendary hotel, the ever-fabulous Pompadour at ‘The Caley’ has been given a new lease of life as part of Hilton Worldwide’s £24m restoration programme – cue Chris and Jeff Galvin, the dynamic duo behind London big-hitters such as Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Galvin at Windows (another Hilton tie-in). The first-floor dining room is a grand vision of belle époque affluence (imagine Chinese panels, florid cornicing and pink chandeliers), while French technique meets Scottish ingredients in the kitchen – think roast Orkney scallops with pig’s trotter and veal sweetbreads, parsnip purée and apple fondant or stuffed rack and confit Ayrshire rabbit with soft polenta, chestnuts and Arran mustard jus, followed by passion-fruit soufflé with coconut ice cream and marinated pineapple. With “fantastically attentive” service and a top-flight wine list, we’d wager that eating out in Auld Reekie doesn’t get any swankier than this.


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Private Dining Room 20
The Pompadour Restaurant 80

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Chris and Jeff Galvin

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin opened their first restaurant, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, to great acclaim in 2005, and followed it with London big hitters including Galvin at Windows and Galvin La Chapelle – plus Brasserie de Luxe and The Pompadour, both in Edinburgh. Between them, the Galvins have worked for everybody who’s anybody: Chris for Messrs Corbin and King, Terence Conran and Paul Gayler; Jeff for Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and David Levin.

Essential Details for The Pompadour by Galvin

  • Address: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AB
  • Telephone: 0131 268 0576
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  • Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 6-10pm
  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Central Scotland
  • Price: £78
  • Wine: £32.5
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Dinner: ££58 (3 courses)

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