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“So near yet so far!”
Review of Carberry Tower

Carberry Tower
Ranked #10 of 59 Restaurants in Musselburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish, British, Pub
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Carberry Tower is a unique 15th century castle located just 7 minutes from the city of Edinburgh.
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Carberry Tower has charm, a recent Royal history and a beautiful setting, but our second visit for Dinner last night was marred by truly awful, amateur service.
First impressions were great-we had a very nice welcome from the receptionist who took us to the Bar and sat us down.. Despite the presence of only one other couple-we waited a full 20 minutes before I had to get up and ask for drinks. When we`d finished, I had to get up and ask for menus.
At Dinner-despite there only being another dozen or so diners the service was erratic-am sure the staff`s priority was to gossip in the kitchen rather than concentrate on their guests.
Since our last visit, the a la carte menu has been ditched in favour of a restricted choice table d`hote. We felt the standard of cooking was much less ambitious and enjoyable than before...
Our ordered coffees came swiftly-we had gone upstairs to look at the Reception Rooms and the waiter was coming up the stairs to find us as we came down-so this was good.
After some more drinks, we got hold of the Head Waiter-at least we think he might have been- he was the terribly untidy one with the grotesquely twisted shirt collar-and complained about the service.The response was aggressively defensive with no hint of apology.
The Management of this place, if such a thing actually exists, deserve to find new positions well outside the service industry as they obviously have no grasp of the concept.
My two guests were incredulous-one a veteran hotelier, one a retired restauranteur, could not believe the extent to which a precious asset like this is being allowed to go to waste.
With the chef who was there a few weeks ago and proper service, they should be fighting people off.
Go to the Pompadour in the Caledonian Hotel for a Masterclass in how it should be done-and weep!..

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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

I met friends for dinner at the Carberry Tower. It was a Tuesday evening, as a result of which the dining room was too quiet for comfort. The food uses local ingredients and was delicious. However, the waiting staff had a tendency to mutter - perhaps because the restaurant was so quiet. The evening, and in fact the rest of my week, was spoiled by the fact that the decaff coffee that I ordered was definitely caffeinated. This resulted in a sleepless night - a total disaster given that I was supposed to be travelling on business the following day. I'd recommend the food, but if you have and food allergies and need to be confident of what you're eating, avoid at all costs.

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Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile
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