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Celebrate Christmas with a festive feast at Edinburgh Castle

30 September 2010

This festive season, choose Scotland’s most famous and majestic historic venue for a truly special and unforgettable celebration lunch with family or friends.  The iconic stronghold of Edinburgh Castle is offering tempting Christmas dining experiences for lovers of superb food and great surroundings.

From 1st to 24th December, the castle’s elegant Queen Anne Building has a wonderful three-course Christmas Lunch for only £35 per person.  And with free entry to the castle included, diners can make the most of their visit by exploring all of the highlights of Scotland’s leading heritage attraction at no extra cost.

The Christmas Lunch menu comprises a selection of culinary delights to suit all tastes.  Starters include a trio of smoked, cured and fresh Loch Duart salmon, and cream of courgette and rocket soup with foccacia croutons; mains include roast turkey with all the trimmings, and mushroom and leek strudel, and desserts include pistachio meringue with mango and passion fruit, and Tobermory truckle with Selkirk bannock and plum chutney.  Coffee and mince pies finish off the excellent menu.

Edinburgh Castle is also offering an opportunity to experience two exclusive Wine and Dine Lunches on the 12th and 19th December.  In the imposing Queen Anne Room, these events offer the finest Scottish cuisine in a carefully designed four-course menu featuring the very best locally-sourced ingredients, with specially selected wines to complement each dish.  The cost is £52 per person and again, free entry to the castle is included in the price.

Dishes include poached Loch Duart salmon with brandade, show roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, confit leeks and horseradish cream, roast goose breast with balsamic braised figs, potato fondant, crushed sprouts, roasted carrots and cranberry jus, and rhubarb and custard tart with tablet ice cream.  A superb vegetarian menu is also available on request.

The selection of fine wines includes a 2009 Chateau Bonnet Reserve entre-deux-mers Bordeaux and a 2007 Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Crianza.  To enhance diners’ enjoyment of these special Wine and Dine lunches, the chef will describe the content and production of each course, and the sommelier will talk about the wines accompanying each dish.

To book Christmas Lunch (from 1pm) or a special Wine and Dine Lunch (from 12.30pm) at Edinburgh Castle, call 0131 220 4833 or email

Historic Scotland Catering Contracts Manager Elizabeth Strain said: “Our festive lunches at Edinburgh Castle are ideal for anyone looking for a special venue to treat family, friends or colleagues.  They combine outstanding dining with the fantastic surroundings of Scotland’s best-loved historic attraction for a really enjoyable and memorable experience.”

Notes for Editors

  • Famous the world over, Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s leading heritage attraction. For further details and to plan a visit, see

  • Edinburgh Castle offers a wealth of historic and architectural highlights to explore including:
    • The Honours of Scotland – the nation’s crown jewels.
    • The Stone of Destiny – the coronation stone of the ancient kings of Scots.
    • The Stone of Destiny – the coronation stone of the ancient kings of Scots.
    • The Great Hall, Laich Hall, King’s Dining Room and St Margaret’s Chapel - some of the remarkable medieval rooms and buildings where kings, queens and great nobles wined, dined and worshipped.
    • The Prisons of War Experience – thousands of military prisoners were held in the castle over the centuries. There is now a major recreation of what it was like at the end of the 18th century when men of many nations languished in its vaults.
    • The Scottish National War Memorial - an impressive building commemorating those who have died in conflict from World War I onwards. There are also three military museums at the castle.
    • Mons Meg – a huge medieval siege gun that fired stones weighing 150kg (330lbs) for 3.2km (two miles).
    • The One O’clock Gun – fired daily, except the Sabbath and certain holidays, as a time signal.
    • The Dog Cemetery – the last resting place of regimental mascots and the faithful friends of many officers.

  • Edinburgh Castle is one of 345 outstanding historic properties and sites throughout the country in the care of Historic Scotland. These include some of Scotland’s leading tourism attractions and most important heritage sites, including (in addition to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle) Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For details visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni
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