Christmas in Edinburgh

(23 Posts)
gussiefox Sat 27-Oct-18 17:17:00

Can anyone recommend somewhere lovely to have lunch in Edinburgh on Christmas Day? We don't have an unlimited budget but prepared to spend a bit extra for something special. Just 2 adults.

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Ricekrispie22 Sat 27-Oct-18 19:02:49

The Printing Press or The Sheep Heid

gussiefox Sun 28-Oct-18 08:37:38

Thanks -off to Google those grin

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midsomermurderess Mon 29-Oct-18 19:51:25

The Ivy on St Andrew Sq, largely for its location, very central, nice and buzzy. Ice rink in the gardens, food stalls etc there too. Perhaps the restaurant at Harvey Nichols, on the other side of the square. I suspect the Sheep's Heid might have been a joke.

jjemimapuddleduck Mon 29-Oct-18 19:55:12

Will you have a car?

It's out of the city, but Greywamls just outside Gullane is amazing at Christmas!

jjemimapuddleduck Mon 29-Oct-18 19:55:33


Piffpaffpoff Mon 29-Oct-18 19:56:00

Don’t think the Sheep’s Heid would be a joke - if it’s good enough for Her Maj, I’m sure it’s good enough for the OP. It’s a bit out of the town centre though which would rule it out for me.

Frosty66611 Mon 29-Oct-18 19:56:52

Angels with Bagpipes
Scran & Scally
The Dome

IMissGin Mon 29-Oct-18 19:58:09

Doubt it would be a joke. It’s lovely and cosy.

Can’t think where to recommend as think it’s mostly only hotels who open Christmas Day. Suspect many above would be closed as is the Christmas market/ice rink etc,

IMissGin Mon 29-Oct-18 19:58:49

On second thoughts, rhubarb, if they have space.

Frosty66611 Mon 29-Oct-18 20:00:38

If there are only Hotel restaurants open then The Balmoral restaurant is lovely and in the centre of town

Carolwithane Mon 29-Oct-18 20:08:11

Kyloe - I think it is open on Xmas day. Excellent steak 😊

chemenger Mon 29-Oct-18 20:10:48

If Rhubarb were open and available I couldn't think of anywhere better.

chemenger Mon 29-Oct-18 20:14:30

I couldn't resist looking at Rhubarb's Christmas Day offering - you should definitely go there. The dining room is beautiful even without Christmas decorations, as is the rest of the building, and the service and food are amazing.

midsomermurderess Mon 29-Oct-18 21:06:45

I see what you mean about the Sheep's Heid. It's changed from my recollection of it, that's for sure.

chemenger Mon 29-Oct-18 21:12:20

I agree Midsomer, I did a double take at the Sheep's Heid. I wonder when that happened. Similarly the Canny Man,while still pretty much a junk shop, is now a clean junk shop with nice food.

gussiefox Thu 01-Nov-18 11:19:46

Thanks everyone! Rhubarb looks lovely. Although I think we may have talked ourselves into going for an Indian now. Definitely not a fan of "hotel" Christmas lunches. Last one I had (also in Edinburgh) was one of the least nice Christmas lunches I have ever had sad We don't live in the UK so an Indian meal is a proper, proper treat....just don't tell the Christmas police grin Any Indian restaurant recommendations anyone?

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Frosty66611 Thu 01-Nov-18 11:28:00

Dishoom is amazing and a 2 min walk from the city centre

gussiefox Thu 01-Nov-18 12:18:54

@Frosty66611 That looks absolutely amazing. Sadly it doesn't look like they are open on Christmas Day, but I think we are going to have to fit in one of their breakfasts somehow even though we get breakfast at our hotel I do like a challenge.

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Frosty66611 Thu 01-Nov-18 12:36:46

That’s a shame as the food is amazing there. Hopefully you can go another day. Khushis is open on Xmas day (it’s in the Leith Walk area so you could walk there from the centre of town). Food has been really nice whenever I’ve been.
The Clay Oven in Morningside is really good too and also open on Xmas day. You would have to taxi/drive from town though (it’s about a 10 min journey from Princes St)

Frosty66611 Thu 01-Nov-18 12:41:35

Just been told by my partner that The Clay Oven has gone down hill since I last went a year ago so maybe discount that suggestion. Kushis is definitely still good though as was there recently

gussiefox Thu 01-Nov-18 12:42:18

Thanks Frosty! We are only there for 3 nights - have a restaurant booked for the Sunday night, lunch with relatives in Glasgow on Christmas Eve and we fly back home on Boxing Day. Just working out how to fit in an "extra" breakfast grin So many restaurants, so little time...........

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chemenger Thu 01-Nov-18 12:57:08

The Bombay Bicycle Shop has been well regarded for a long time, also Mother India Cafe, which I assume is related to Mother India in Glasgow, which is brilliant.

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