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Christmas lunch on 25 September 2006?

22 September 2006

The big day may be over three months away, but on Monday 25 September, Edinburgh Castle is getting into the festive spirit just a bit early, to entice people to book Christmas lunch at this exclusive setting.

Santa Claus himself will be popping down the chimney into the grand fireplace of The Great Hall to serve up delicious little turkey and Christmas pudding nibbles, so visitors can get a taster of what’s to come in December!

After a successful pilot year, this year's Christmas lunch at the Castle is even more spectacular, full of delicious local fayre, sure to delight every palate.

Served in the beautiful Queen Anne Building, chefs will present lucky guests with a varied menu from smoked trout pate to asparagus and green pea brioche, to Cranberry Torte … and of course it would not be Christmas without turkey and stuffing!

Available for parties of 2  to 120 throughout December 2006 (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day), guests can sit back, relax and enjoy food cooked by experts who have dished up meals to many visiting dignitaries to the Castle.

After the meal, they can walk off that full stomach by exploring the Castle's many treasures including the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny; or do some extra Christmas shopping in our various gift shops.

Elizabeth Strain, Historic Scotland Catering Manager said: "We were really pleased with the response to our Edinburgh Castle Christmas lunches last year, and look forward to welcoming some new faces this year. The chefs have worked hard to produce a menu to suit everyone, and bookings are already going well. The Castle is such a beautiful and unique setting, that any meal or event here is just that little bit more special.

We hope Santa, and indeed our visitors enjoy their turkey and Christmas pudding tasters.  After a summer of eating salads, I’m sure people are looking forward to tucking into some warming comfort food!"

Join Santa Claus on Monday 25 September 2006 and discover some tasty Christmas delights courtesy of Historic Scotland. To prove how good the food is, Santa himself will be sitting down to his Christmas Lunch before he heads back to Lapland.

Notes for editors
  • Edinburgh Castle Christmas lunch is available all through December (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and is part of December’s ‘Christmas at the Castle’ programme.
  • Other events planned within Edinburgh Castle include a magical afternoon of Christmas storytelling, comedy, music and special appearance from Santa on 10 December 2006.
  • As well as Christmas lunch, Edinburgh Castle will also be serving up a special New Year 'Indulgence' lunch throughout January 2007. The price is £27.00 per person for three courses and includes entry to Edinburgh Castle.
  • Menus are available at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/edinburghcastlechristmaslunch.
  • For more information or to book Christmas or New Year lunch, please telephone 0131 220 4833 or e-mail edinburghcastledigbytrout.co.uk.
  • A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of our historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage site.
  • The Queen Anne Building was refurbished in April 2004, and offers a breathtaking banqueting venue in Crown Square at the heart of Edinburgh Castle.  It is available to hire for weddings, functions and corporate meetings.
  • Digby Trout Restaurants have branches in many prestigious heritage and leisure attractions throughout the country and are committed to providing food of a consistently high standard. For more information, please visit www.digbytrout.co.uk
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/properties.

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk