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Wine and Dine your Valentine in style at Edinburgh Castle

10 February 2010


This Sunday, 14th February, why not impress your loved one by treating them to a romantic Valentine’s Day lunch in the splendid surroundings of Edinburgh Castle?

The special Valentine’s Wine and Dine experience has been designed with lovers of fabulous food in mind.  It offers a four-course meal featuring a superb selection of top-quality, locally-sourced produce - and each course is complemented by carefully chosen fine wines.

At only £49 per person, including admission to Edinburgh Castle, the Valentine’s Wine and Dine lunch offers great value and an opportunity for you and your Valentine to explore all of the wonderful highlights of Scotland’s best-loved castle for free.

The mouthwatering menu comprises: seared hand-dived scallops with a cauliflower puree, crisp leeks and black pepper oil, followed by roast pumpkin and almond ravioli with baby spinach and a sage butter sauce, then loin of Perthshire venison with pear tatin, creamed parsnip, curly kale and a port wine jus.  For dessert there is steamed chocolate marmalade pudding with Drambuie custard and passion fruit granita, with freshly brewed coffee and petit fours to follow.  The vegetarian option includes a seared haloumi version of the starter and a version of the main course featuring baked strudel of winter vegetables.

Equally tempting are the wines: Bourgogne Chardonnay 2007, Dom. Jessiaume; Viognier Coquelicot 2007, Chateau Routas; Cyrano Syrah 2005, Chateau Routas; Banyuls Red Dessert Wine 2006, Chapoutier.

To make a booking for the Edinburgh Castle Valentine’s Wine and Dine lunch, call 0131 220 4833 or email

Historic Scotland Catering Contracts Manager Elizabeth Strain said: ”Where better to enjoy a really special Valentine’s Day than in the impressive setting of Scotland’s most famous castle?  Our exclusive Wine and Dine lunches provide the perfect way of making the day even more memorable, with excellent food and wines.  And in such historic surroundings, who knows - maybe the occasion will inspire several proposals too!”

Lovers will also find inspiration on the castle walls this Valentine’s Day.  As part of the Carry A Poem campaign organised by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature and The Scottish Poetry Library, an extract from a poem by acclaimed Scottish poet Douglas Dunn is being projected onto the castle on 14th February.  The line - ‘look to the living, love them, and hold on’ – a powerful and moving sentiment from Dunn’s poem ‘Disenchantments’ also appears on the Valetine’s Day lunch menus to provide food for thought whilst dining ‘a deux’.

Notes for editors

  • Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s leading heritage attraction. It offers a great day out, with a wealth of highlights to explore, including:

  1. The Honours of Scotland – the nation’s crown jewels.
  2. The Stone of Destiny – the coronation stone of the ancient kings of Scots.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Mons Meg – a huge medieval siege gun that fired stones weighing 150kg (330lbs) for 3.2km (two miles).
  7. The One O’clock Gun – fired daily, except the Sabbath and certain holidays, as a time signal.
  8. 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), Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For details visit: and for information on Edinburgh Castle, visit

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

  • The Carry A Poem reading campaign is co-ordinated by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and Scottish Poetry Library. The campaign aims to encourage and inspire people to carry poems they love with them. Events and activities will be running throughout the remainder of the month in Edinburgh and details can be found on

For further information

Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8734/ 07801 820757