The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle

(162 Reviews)
Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa, Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH19 3JB
Scottish, French


Main course: £15
Food spend: £35

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 12:00 - 21:30

Restaurant description

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.

Customer reviews for The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle
(based on 162 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (72)
  • al fresco (2)
  • breakfast (23)
  • business (5)
  • child friendly (5)
  • dinner (89)
  • entertainment (5)
  • large parties (11)
  • lunch (35)
  • luxury (59)
  • private dining (66)
  • romantic (80)
  • trendy (6)
  • value (18)
  • views (43)
  • By Tonya G from Merritt Island, FL
    7 March 2020

    I enjoyed my entire evening. It started in the library with cocktails, very relaxing. Then down to dinner. The food was very tasty, abd porrions were a perfect size. I ate too much ordering 3 courses!! Tge staff was curious & attentive. It was a bit from where i was staying, so taxis were needed. Otherwise great

  • By Craig C from Edinburgh
    1 February 2020

    Draughty and cold restaurant due to air conditioning which we asked to be turned off, then was turned back on again. Food tasted bland and presentation boring. Salmon could have done with some green vegetables. Didn't think it was great value for money. Excessively long and winding narrow corridoors with poor signage to get from the front door to the restaurant and lots of stairs.

  • By Carina Ruud Johansson R from Svanesund
    14 November 2019

    Very different experience. Good that you get to have a drink in the library first and plenty of time to look at the menu. You feel that you are special all night long.

  • By Anthony F from Redcar.
    7 November 2019

    Excellent meal, restaurant is fantastic would highly recommend

  • By Marko B from Tenafly
    4 October 2019

    This was a fantastic experience for us. Its located in the old stables of the Dalhousie Castle. You are asked to arrive 30min early to the library bar, a quaint library in the castle that has extensive collection of scotch as well as other cocktails to have a drink, small bites, and place your order. You can choose between 2/3 course price fixed options as well as a cheese plate. You are then taken down to the “dungeon” that is perfectly candle lit and decorated with armor and other armory pieces. Service was impeccable and food excellent. Price was very reasonable. Definitely an experience we will remember and highly recommended for anyone staying at castle or nearby area.

  • By Coleman Joseph W from Lewes,Delaware, USA
    1 September 2019

    I arranged this dinner for the four people in our party who had been traveling for 17 days as a unique end to our vacation. I took a chance on the restaurant, being a stranger in the city and country. I was not let down. We all agreed it was a unique and exceptional experience from the setting, service to food.

  • By Mette M from Fredensborg
    21 August 2019

    Excellent food and service in The Dungeon Restaurant - a little to cold in the Orangery. We recommend some plants to make it more like an Orangery and an internet connection. The internet did not work at all.

  • By Jennifer D from New york
    10 August 2019

    The food was ambitious but missed the mark. The service was very poor. Our wine order was never taken. No one ever came to check on the table to see if we were satisfied or needed anything. Dessert was served with no offer for coffee or tea. I asked for a coffee and waited 10 minutes and had to just eat the dessert. No one ever came back to the table. This was our anniversary dinner and it was completely ruined by this poor service.

  • By Klaudia S from Berlin
    10 August 2019

    Booking Service / Dinner and Service was realy good

  • By David H from Bonnyrigg
    25 July 2019

    The dining area and food were without fault,my wife and I were there to celebrate 49 yrs married. Through no fault of the hotel the sun / heat through the windows was almost unbearable. My only concerns were the time taken to serve -a period of 45 mins from order taken to be served I feel is a bit long also our wine ordered was not served until I reminded the waiter when the food was served. Neither of which spoiled a wonderful lunch.

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The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle
Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa, Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH19 3JB

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