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The Atholl at The Howard

) #839 of 1,855 Restaurants in Edinburgh $$$$ British, European,
34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH, Scotland
+44 131 557 3500
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“sandwiches” (11 reviews)
“truffles” (2 reviews)
“fillet steak” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
British, European, Scottish
PRICE
$$$$
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Food
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LOCATION
34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 78 reviews

Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

I don't manage to get here often but without a doubt this is the best restaurant in Edinburgh. The quality of the food is second to none and service is impeccable. I highly recommend a visit here.

Thank MatthewSmith88
Reviewed November 29, 2016

Not the pleasant time you are promist ,I booked afternoon tea for my wife and daughter as a treat after Christmas for all there hard work after Christmas day , we were put into a room at the back of the hotel and severed sandwiches...More

Thank Murray F
EdinburghCollection, Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2016

Dear guest Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your afternoon tea as we aim to exceed your expectations and often do. I am a little perturbed that you would write a second review for the same afternoon tea visit 12 months apart as...More

Reviewed October 1, 2016

We were lucky enough to have the restaurant to ourselves as it was mid week. Tried to convince my partner that I had arranged it that way. Meal was excellent. Service was outstanding but not obtrusive. We will definitely be coming again.

Thank derek m
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and were lucky enough to have had the restaurant to yoursleves (even if it wasn't arranged). We look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards Leon Kiteley General Manager

Reviewed September 28, 2016

Recently ate here with some friends for dinner on a Friday night, was surprised to be able to book (online) the night before as thought it would be hard to get a table. I am still surprised as the meal was very good. We skipped...More

Thank Harpesharp
Reviewed July 24, 2016

We were in for afternoon tea yesterday afternoon. The hotel itself is a nice setting and generally clean and tidy. The afternoon tea itself was very nice with a great selection of teas to choose from and some very nice sandwiches and savoury snacks. However...More

2  Thank Stevenking5
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We very much appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear that we did not match your expectations. We take our service very seriously and are disappointed to hear that it was not up to...More

Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Popped in for Sunday afternoon tea having read the good reviews, but had a poor experience: - Dining room was well decorated and comfortable, but lacked any atmosphere as staff failed to keep on top of the background music. This was particularly evident as there...More

Thank Sarah F
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2016

Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for your feedback. We pride ourselves on service and are disappointed to hear that we did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. We will take your feedback on board and aim to improve. We do hope...More

Reviewed June 26, 2016

We had the taster menu with wine that was absolutely delightful. Would throughly recommend to anyone looking for a little something special.

Thank sallybatley202
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2016

Hi Sally, Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely review! We hope you'll be back again soon. Kind Regards, Leon Kiteley General Manager

Reviewed June 5, 2016

We had an excellent meal and staff were very attentive without being at all intrusive. Coffee and truffles in the drawing room with lighted candles was very special. Highly recommended.

Thank Ros6
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2016

Thanks so much for your great review of The Atholl. We always love to hear that our staff were attentive and made your visit enjoyable. We do hope you'll be back to dine with us again soon. Kind Regards, Leon Kiteley General Manager

Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Stayed at the Howard and decided to eat in the restaurant - what a great decision !! All 4 of us were delighted by all 3 courses and the fillet steak (recommended by our waiter James) was sublime James himself was remarkably attentive and made...More

1  Thank GraemeBuck
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2016

Thank you for such a great review of The Atholl. We are so glad to hear James made your visit special and that you all enjoyed your meals! We hope you'll be back to stay and eat with us again soon. Kind Regards, Leon Kiteley...More

Reviewed April 19, 2016

I booked a table here for afternoon tea after an interment service. The range of teas was very good and I really enjoyed my Formosa Oolong. The food was also excellent including sandwiches, scones, cakes and even tablet. The service was good but unobtrusive. At...More

Thank UpminsterPete
EdinburghCollection, General Manager at The Atholl at The Howard, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2016

Thanks for your review Pete. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our service and afternoon tea. We hope you'll visit us again. Kind regards, Leon Kiteley General Manager

Nearby
New Town
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clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$32 - $72
Cuisine
British, European, Scottish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 557 3500
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at The Howard
Description
Set in a luxuriant Georgian townhouse, The Howard Hotel is among Edinburgh's most beautiful. Its restaurant, the classically designed Atholl, gives the visitor the impression of stepping back in to a Jane Austen novel. Original features, from decorative mouldings to sash windows are simply decorated in white while a marble fireplace gives a charming sense of history. A peaceful, relaxing atmosphere sets The Atholl apart from the hectic Edinburgh restaurant scene while the traditional Scottish dishes are a joy for you Caledonian gastronomes. Whether it's an informal lunch with friends or a dinner date to impress the menu hits the right note every time.
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