Edinburgh eatery named Restaurant of the Year

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's restaurant The Dining Room has been named as Restaurant of the Year for Scotland at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards in London.

The Dining Room has been named Restaurant of the Year.

The Edinburgh restaurant, situated on the first floor of the Society’s 28 Queen Street venue, was praised for its superb service and the culinary brilliance of head chef James Freeman and his team.

Known for its use of local ingredients, inventive cooking and traditional fine dining, the establishment joins past winners of the Restaurant of the Year for Scotland award including Inver in Loch Fyne, The Gannet in Glasgow and Timberyard in Edinburgh.

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A member of the AA Hospitality Awards judging panel said: “The Dining Room at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society offers a dining experience steeped in French classicism.”

Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at 28 Queen Street

The restaurant was relaunched in the summer of 2016 as part of a makeover of the Society’s Georgian townhouse at 28 Queen Street, moving to the first floor as part of the revamp, with the Society’s Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar being established on the ground floor.

Commenting on the success, Venue Manager, Francois Guillemet, said: “Winning Restaurant of the Year for Scotland is a huge achievement for us and I’m incredibly proud of what the team has achieved.

“James Freeman is a superb inventive chef who has been creating amazing food here and has gone from strength to strength since we relaunched last year. Our team work tirelessly to achieve the highest standards of food, drink and service that has earned us this award and we look forward to continuing to wow our customers.”

Head chef, James Freeman, added: “This award is a huge honour for me personally and my team at The Dining Room. I have been at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society since 2004 and have worked hard to create innovative dishes using quality, local produce, so to see the restaurant recognised in this way is extremely rewarding.”

Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at 28 Queen Street

In celebration of the award, The Dining Room is running a special promotion until the end of October featuring a three-course A la carte dinner with a glass of Charles Heidsieck champagne or dram for £45.