It's worth a peek into the amazingly well hidden Prestonfield House. Located dramatically below Arthur's Seat, the sweeping drive, strutting peacocks, and kilted (handsome) maitre-d make for an impressive welcome.
There are hoards of staff to keep an eye on any whims or desires. All super polite - don't even think about refilling your own glass as you get the feeling someone would get fired.
Drinks were taken in the (unusual) sun on the balcony before descending to one of two main dining rooms. The decor is hilarious over the top and has a perhaps unsurprisingly camp twinge associated with a lot of James Thomson's ventures.
The food was excellent... the thick cheddar and haddock soup delicious, and the venison carpaccio both commendable starters. The pork main of my friend was quickly devoured, and my chicken wrapped in basil and proscuitto ham was delicious.
£16.95 per head for the food (bargain), house white of pinot grigio a shocking £25 (not a bargain) and water of the Barrs Irn Bru variety £4.95 (not a bargain). So £35 per head in the end for lunch which is expensive, and probably my fault for not checking the price of the house wine. Worth the experience though and next time I would stay off the booze and sip a tap water!
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James Longworth - 16/04/2007