Rubharb Restaurant Scottish Experience | Edinburgh, Scotland | It has been already two month since I began second world tour of 2013, taking me from South America, North America and now Europe, and every single night I feel the same way, this might be the best restaurant I have ever tried. The the honest truth is that they have all been amazing, and each of them are different and unique on its kind. This time, I have been captivate by the true and deep Scottish nature of Rubharb Restaurant, at the lovely Prestonfield House Hotel. Rubharb pays homage to Sir Alexander Dick, an early 18th century Baron of Prestonfield. He ferried rhubarb seeds back from China, turning Prestonfield into the first estate in Scotland ever to cultivate rhubarb. He received a medal from the Royal Society for his innovative horticultural endeavours.
James Thomson’s latest destination restaurant is the most opulent to date, with all the gourmet delight, drama and romance. Decadent, stylish and very, very, glamorous, the restaurant occupies a pair of spectacular oval rooms at the heart of Prestonfield. This quaint, cozy, heavy in Scottish heritage, design and style hotel, offers only 23 beautiful rooms, just 1o minutes away from the epicenter of Edinburgh, surrounded by the most breathtaking scenery of Arthru’s Seat, group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, in a lovely estate of 20 acres of gardens and parkland. Ideal destination for a wedding.
The contrast between the innocence of the main entrances of the house and the deep darkens and decadent redness inside, complimented by hundreds of candles and chandeliers, set the atmosphere for an intimate and very sophisticated evening. The two oval rooms at Rubharb Restaurant at very masculine, reflecting the soul and taste of James Thomson. Only to be matched by exceptional Scottish produce, much sourced from small artisan suppliers, is handled with terrific skill and flair creating a gourmet destination with a reputation among the capital’s most memorable dining experiences.
My choices for the evening were A La Carte. Rubharb aslo offers a Price Fix Option with 7 Steps matched with wines. Starter: Butternut Squash, which was weirdly delicious. Main Course: Cod Line caught fillet of cod, confit lemon, fennel and parsley root (£26.50). Dessert: Four ripened Scottish cheeses, Barwhey, Morangie sheep’s brie, Paddy’s Milestone, Ogs Castle with quince paste, truffled honey and oatcakes (£9.95). To accompany such accomplished cooking Prestonfield has an award-winning cellar and temptation lurks in the wine list of over 800 bins. From famous name wines for very special occasions, to a hand-picked selection of 14 wines available by the glass, you’ll find your ideal dining companion within Rhubarb’s acclaimed list.
After my lovely dinner, I was invited to walk around the house through the many intimate rooms. Prestonfield has four ravishing private dining rooms accommodating in highly individual style, my favorite was the Salon Priveé. For the ultimate in private dining Prestonfield’s smallest private room is a luxurious retreat for just two guests. Hidden off of a stone turret stair, this glamorous and romantic opera box of a room is a perfect hide-away with your waiter just a bell-call away.
After my dinner, I decided to walk back to Edinburgh’s city center and to my hotel the Nira Caledonia in Gloucester Place. Scenic walk that took me an hours along the views of Prestonfields Estate, Arthur’s Seat, very local Scottish neighborhoods, the Royal Mile, Waverley Bridge and Prince Street. Rubharb is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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