Wedgwood The Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant in the Canongate on the Royal Mile.
An award winning restaurant in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Wedgwood has been in its central location since 1999. The small restaurant, with another small, cosy room downstairs, can hold up to 48 people in total.
The dining area, which is simple yet elegant, allows a glance into the open kitchen where chefs can be watched preparing meals. The decor is modern and understated, the atmosphere is not pretentious, which is refreshing.
Fine dining on a budget in Edinburgh? We can highly recommend Wedgwood’s affordable lunch menu, available from 12pm until 3pm. Two courses from the set menu cost £15.95, or three for £19.95, with 4 different choices, including vegetarian, for each course. Other dietary requirements can be catered for, and it is asked to call in advance to make sure this can be accommodated on the day. The lunch menu on offer changes every day, but typically consists of courses on the current à la carte evening menu.
While waiting for food or deciding on courses, we suggest opting for bread and oil to shorten the time. But don’t go overboard. The portions are small, but sufficient, and waiting between courses mean it is impossible to leave hungry. The menu offers a very good choice of wines, and the knowledgeable staff are happy to give pairing advice.
Wedgewood pride themselves in bringing out great flavours, with often locally sourced, beautifully presented seasonal food. Foraged herbs can be found adorning the plates. Choices for starters may include lobster thermidor crème brulée, warm smoked Shetland salmon, or Scotch beef tartare. Mains may consist of venison stuffed with haggis, or the spectacular spiced Peterhead monkfish.
The desserts are to die for, and a work of art. The very sticky toffee pudding is a Scottish classic and Wedgewood have nailed it. For those lacking a sweet tooth, the cheese board is an excellent choice.
Watch out for the changing lunch menu for the day, which is displayed in the window.
Though reasonably priced if choosing the lunch menu, dining is considerably dearer in the evening. A main can set you back between £17.95 and around £27.95, but it is worth it, considering the whole experience.
It is advisable to book if you are keen to visit on a particular day, but not a must, as some days can be busier than others. Alternatively arriving early will give you the best chances for a table.
Wedgwood is not a restaurant to pop in a quick meal. In fact, tables are not turned over, and you are never let to feel you need to leave or order more. Staff never seem rushed, are efficient, yet attentive and friendly. If you are short on time, go elsewhere. The ideal setting to have a conversation with your fellow dining guests, Wedgwood allows plenty of time to chat between courses.
267 Canongate, Royal Mile
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