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The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa, Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, EH19 3JB

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Main course: £15
Food spend: £35
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 21:30

Great dinner for a special occasion! My wife and I loved every meal we had and the service was exceptional.

Greg B 11 September 2016
from Baltimore

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The Dungeon Restaurant and The Orangery at Dalhousie Castle sit in a 13th-century fortress on the banks of the River Esk. The fine food from local produce has earned the venue 2 coveted AA Rosettes.

The Dungeon Restaurant menu offers gourmet Scottish and French dishes in the unique setting of the castle’s historic dungeons. The rich ingredients and exquisitely presented creations are befitting of the elaborate location, with dishes that include roast partridge with a purée soubise, served with creamed haricots blancs and pickled girolle mushrooms. Elsewhere on the menu, try loin of pork with crackling and apple and bramble compote, or the aromatic cod with pak choi, smoked mussels and lemongrass sauce. The Orangery offers a more informal alternative, with views of the river and surrounding woodland. The menu is a lighter selection of contemporary Scottish and European dishes, with the same commitment to quality, local ingredients.

Afternoon tea at Dalhousie Castle offers a traditional, sophisticated experience to match the unique setting. Alongside classic finger sandwiches, cakes, shortbread and scones, enjoy a glass of Champagne at one of Scotland’s most impressive dining spots.

Just 8 miles from Edinburgh city centre, Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg is surrounded by idyllic countryside.

The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa, Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, EH19 3JB

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Customer reviews for The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle

4.3 (((() (based on 43 reviews)
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  • dinner (28)
  • romantic (24)
  • luxury (19)
  • private dining (18)
  • afternoon tea (17)
  • views (17)
  • lunch (14)
  • breakfast (6)
  • large parties (6)
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  • child friendly (2)
  • al fresco (1)
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  • (**** 22 November 2016 by Bill Johnstone from Edinburgh

    Crap Service full of foreigners or inexperienced young twats,crap food and overpriced wont be back all CLOWNS

  • (**** 20 October 2016 by John Riddle from Hollywood

    We had very high expectations for this dinner based on previous reviews. Unfortunately, those expectations were disappointed. The food was mediocre at best. So much so, that we hypothesized that the chef was out that night. The fish was overcooked and the beef was under cooked. Best course was the cheese plate at the end of the meal.

  • ((((( 17 October 2016 by Janine Forbes from Kitty Hawk

    The dungeon is a very unique, romantic experience. The table setting and wait staff were elegant. The food was good. Stand outs for me, were the pork sausage and the eggs that were served at breakfast in the Orangery. The only down side would be that the bartender was busy with tending to the pre-dungeon service and didn't appear to have time to tend others (there was a large wedding going on too, it may have had an impact). I think an actual bar for people wanting to have a cocktail would be a good addition. Also, if you are sensitive to light, I would ask for a room without a flood light outside the window.

  • ((((( 11 September 2016 by Greg B from Baltimore

    Great dinner for a special occasion! My wife and I loved every meal we had and the service was exceptional.

  • ((((( 6 September 2016 by Iain Morrison from Edinburgh

    Very well cooked and tasty food. Highly recommended.

  • ((((( 5 September 2016 by Mark Jenkins from Tallahassee

    Orangery: I went here for breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea. The food was excellent. However, two times I was there, the restaurant was severely understaffed. Once there was a party of 20 and only two people working the packed place. The waitress looked very harried and exasperated. I knew a party that size had made a reservation and yet no extra help was called in. You gotta look after your team!

    The Dungeon: one of the top 3 reasons I wanted to stay at Dalhousie Castle! It was beautiful! The atmosphere, decor, staff, ambiance and history are unparalleled! Eating fabulous food surrounded by heavy stone, shining armor, weapons, candles placed on the tables and in cracks in the wall - it was just amazing!

    From the very beginning (drinks and canapés in the library) to ordering to eating - every experience was magnificent! I ate at The Dungeon 3 nights. I had the very distinct pleasure of eating dinner the last night of the old menu AND eating dinner the very first night of the new menu! Both menu's were fantastic but the fish on the new menu is out of this world! Well done!

    The entire staff was phenomenal. Their knowledge of the selections, the smiles on their faces, the conversations with the patrons - all of it was wonderful. And Patricia (from Spain), who ran that restaurant perfectly - was such a character: genuine and happy and embodied one of the best personalities!

    I am running out of super adjectives to use to describe The Dungeon and its experience. Staying in a castle was my #1 bucket list item for 35 years. I went for my 50th and was treated like royalty! And for my birthday, they gave me a bottle of my favorite wine I drank there every night! I just loved every single minute here.

    Thank you, Dalhousie Castle, The Orangery, The Dungeon and Patricia for making this milestone birthday trip one I will never, ever forget!

    ~ mark jenkins

  • ((((( 23 August 2016 by Al from Edinburgh

    Fantastic meal and experience. Great food; great service; nice-touches and fabulous surroundings. As ever thanks.

  • (**** 17 August 2016 by Donald Mcdonald from London

    Booking was an ease. The Castle is an excellent location and a fantastic venue, and the dungeon is certainly the different experience that my wife and I were expecting.

  • ((((( 2 August 2016 by Patricia Turner from Pensacola, FL

    Loved the setting. Food was excellent. Presentation was beautiful. Service was excellent. All the servers we met were friendly and efficient.

  • ((((( 19 July 2016 by Raymond Johnson from Bonnyrigg

    It was wonderful! Good food and service!

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