Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle: Alternative Christmas dining options
Two iconic venues now taking bookings for your Christmas meal
Stuck for somewhere decent to have your Christmas lunch? Need a venue that’ll please a range of tastes but won’t be another run-of-the-mill pub grub standby in the city centre? Have you considered going for something a bit more … iconic?
Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are opening their doors to anyone seeking an extra-special festive feast this winter, with some scrumptious Scottish dishes served up in truly atmospheric surroundings. These opportunities to dine in style will complement a programme of Christmas events already taking place at both locations, including carol singing concerts, Christmas markets and historical performances.
Visitors to Edinburgh Castle will be able to enjoy dishes such as braised Scotch beef and Drambuie pannacotta in the stylish Jacobite room; for food aficionados, two special Wine and Dine afternoons will take place in the elegant Queen Anne Restaurant. At Stirling Castle, the newly refurbished Unicorn Cafe is an excellent venue in which to savour the delights of Stornoway black pudding or a selection of Gruth Dhu cheeses, while mince pies are made in the bakery beneath the Great Hall.
Of course, both castles already offer prestigious dining opportunities all year round, but the combination of these regal surroundings with the early nightfall and frosty temperatures outside creates a truly unique atmosphere. The price of each meal also includes admission to the Castles proper – so if the thought of having to compete with tourists has been putting you off visiting these historic and cultural treasures, December is the ideal time to take advantage of world-famous sites right on your doorstep.