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Scottish Malt Whisky Society

#477 of 1,790 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX, Scotland
0131-220-2044
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent for lunch & whisky tasting

We had a leisurely lunch with friends and as we arrived early, had a pleasant drink in the bar beforehand. Our party turned out to be larger than expected but we were accommodated without any hesitation or fuss by the very helpful staff. The food was excellent and we ended with a whisky tasting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We had a leisurely lunch with friends and as we arrived early, had a pleasant drink in the bar beforehand. Our party turned out to be larger than expected but we were accommodated without any hesitation or fuss by the very helpful staff. The food was excellent and we ended with a whisky tasting session organised by the bar staff.... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

On my last day in Edinborough, a Scottish friend of a friend of a friend ( yep, I know, I was desperate), agreed to take us to us to the Vaults. I didn't know What to expect other than I would be drinking a lot of really good scotch!!!! Well, the bottles are given names, like Caring, Sharing and Loving... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My wife and I went to a whisky tasting followed by dinner at the Malt Whiskey Society in Queen St in Edinburgh. Both food and drink were excellent. The evening started with us being invited to join another couple to taste three separate whiskies. The gentleman who led us through the tasting process was very knowledgeable and explained how to... More 

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Peterborough, UK
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78 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We went here on a Saturday afternoon with my partner's uncle, who is a member. It is very pleasant spot, a quiet oasis of calm, in the middle of the bustling city. We tried a couple of whiskys and were almost overwhelmed by the amount of choice that there was. The meals looked very good, so would like to eat... More 

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Idaho
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Not only did I get to try a flight of some very excellent single cask malt whisky but this turned out to be an educational experience as well. This was at least a three hour experience and I couldn't be happier with the presentation and customer service. The night started off with a 45 minute education (and tasting) on whisky... More 

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edinburgh
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79 reviews 79 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Reading other reviews and I can only assume some people are unlucky. I've now gone several times over recent months and each time I've been impressed at menu quality which has translated into excellence on a plate. Great food. Well prepared. Fabulous flavours. Wine list is a good selection at a decent price. Gins are good quality selection.... And decent... More 

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moray
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We had dinner here but the unfortunate thing for us they were trying out a new menu. They gave us a little taster as they were taking ages with our first course,this was delicious and was accompanied with a very nice malt. My starter was very smoky venison which I could not eat and neither could my husband it was... More 

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Kirknewton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A group of six, we had booked the venue weeks in advance for dinner. On arrival, a surly receptionist told us to 'go to the bar' no offer to take coats, tell us where the bar was, or to give us any information on venue or ask if we have been before. She could barely look up from her computer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Before the visit I knew the SMWS whisky very well, but is was my first meal in the dining room, and I am very glad that I made this choice. All four dishes were stunning, very interesting recipes with spotless execution, each of them pared with fantastic dram. From the fresh taste of pre appetizer, through the texture of the... More 

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Invited to a meal with a "Malt Whisky Flight". This is an a la carte meal and accompanied by a single malt scotch, per course, especially selected from the society's huge and exclusive selection designed to match the character of the food chosen. Started with an amuse-buche of Scottish salmon and an excellent wee dram of peaty Islay. This was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131-220-2044

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

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Staying in New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.