Sun 8 Jun 2014
Last weekend I was very lucky to be invited with a guest to the Royal Scots Club for dinner. I was doubly lucky because I also had the offer of babysitters, which meant my husband and I got to go out together in the evening. A rare treat!
The Royal Scots Club is a private members club on Abercromby Place in Edinburgh’s New Town, founded in honour of the members of the Royal Scots Regiment who died in the First World War. But non-members are welcome to use the restaurant, hotel rooms and meeting rooms and most other club facilities. The only exceptions are the members lounge and library and the restaurant at lunch time.
The beautiful Georgian building is very traditional inside, with ornate carved doorways, marble pillars, leather seating, royal and military wall decorations. Entry to the restaurant is through reception and upstairs. It was very quiet when we arrived with only one other table occupied. We were shown to our table by our waitress, who was very friendly and chatty and really made us feel at ease.
The dinner menu had five choices per course, all of which sounded good. For starters I chose mozzarella balls with mini stuffed red peppers, parma ham, focaccia croutons and red pesto dressing. Then for my main I had fillet of Scotch beef with pink and green peppercorn sauce. Finally, dessert was a chocolate pot with homemade rhubarb and custard ice cream.
All three courses were absolutely delicious. The mozzarella balls and stuffed peppers were very tasty and went well with the pesto dressing. The fillet steak was a perfect ‘medium’ as I had requested, lovely and tender with an amazing peppercorn sauce. Even the vegetables were just right. The chocolate pot contained thick and creamy white chocolate ganache with a bitter dark chocolate centre. My husband’s choices of black pudding with scallops, breast of pheasant stuffed with haggis and wild raspberry mousse also went down a treat. The average price for a three course dinner was £27 per person (drinks excluded).
We left feeling full and happy. I could not fault the restaurant on anything. It was just a shame it was so quiet as it lacked a bit of atmosphere. But I think if more people knew about the restaurant, it would have been busier. Perhaps people don’t know it’s there as it is upstairs and so not seen by passersby, or maybe they think it’s only open to club members. Either way, they’re missing out!
Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE