Wow! Located in a quiet, select street, this establishment oozes comfort, elegance and architectural splendour with many period fireplaces and the opulence of a private home. It also boasts splendid views across the north of the city and the Firth of Forth. Top notch food and gracious service - who could ask for more?
My nephew and I retreated to Channings to dine courtesy of an Itison voucher. I was the first to arrive and ordered a large Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks (£9.50) from the basement bar, went back upstairs and ensconced myself in one of the easy chairs in the bay window of the reception/lounge area and browsed a copy of the Financial Times while I waited. Didn't have long to wait before His Nibs arrived and we both adjourned downstairs to the bar. A gin and tonic (£5.10) was called for and then at 6.30 p.m. prompt we went through to the stately diningroom and checked in for our meal.
We were ushered to a cosy table (candlelit) for two and perused our menus. We ordered a bottle of still water and nephew ordered a large glass of Merlot. For starters, he ordered the plum tomato soup and I ordered the salmon, both accompanied by fresh white/brown bread and butter. For mains, nephew ordered the chicken and I ordered the vegetarian risotto. We both had the same dessert - strawberries, meringue and lemon curd ice cream. To die for! The portions were more than substantial, beautifully presented and we were both replete. All the food is really top notch, locally sourced and the establishment is also registered with the Scotch Beef Club
We then adjourned back to the bar where nephew ordered a decaff coffee with hot milk and I ordered another (single) glass of Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks. On checking out the menu for bar meals, these were quality dishes at competitive prices. Family dining promotions are available between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. daily from Channings bar menu. One child under 5 eats for free with two paying adults eating main meals in the bar.
Interestingly, the basement bar is also a haunt for locals who pop in for a drink and sometimes bring in their very well behaved four legged friends. We saw two gents drinking at the bar during the course of the evening who'd brought their dogs in and nobody objected. There is also a sheltered beer garden at the back if you want to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Channings is very civilised and recognises Ladies who Lunch! Priced at just £18.95 per person for a 3-course lunch and a glass of fizz each (based on a table of 4), lunch is served in the diningroom on Saturdays from 12 noon to 2.30 p.m. and Sundays from 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m., but make sure you book ahead first.
All in all we had a most enjoyable dining experience and one we would very much like to repeat before too long. Would highly recommend this establishment - though, sadly, it is not disabled or wheelchair friendly due to all the steps outside and stairs inside.
We did not stay at the hotel as we are Edinburgh residents, so we are not qualified to pass comments on the accommodation. However, there is no reason to doubt that this would not be of the same high quality and excellent standard as the facilities we used.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Channings in Edinburgh is an informal, relaxed hotel with a very friendly approach. It occupies five Edwardian townhouses in Stockbridge, one of Edinburgh's most popular 'urban villages'. To suit its location slightly away from the city centre, Channings is a wonderfully quirky property which feels a bit like a Scottish country home, full of charming Victorian paintings, prints, books, furniture and memorabilia that owner Peter Taylor has collected over the years. ... more less
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- Channings Hotel Edinburgh, Scotland