The Dungeon Restaurant and Orangery at Dalhousie Castle

(166 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 166 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (74)
  • al fresco (2)
  • breakfast (23)
  • business (5)
  • child friendly (5)
  • dinner (90)
  • entertainment (5)
  • large parties (11)
  • lunch (37)
  • luxury (59)
  • private dining (66)
  • romantic (80)
  • trendy (6)
  • value (19)
  • views (44)
  • By Scott G from Milton Keynes
    27 December 2015

    Terrific experience. It's not just the meal that's good but the whole time you're there. It's nice to be welcomed into the library, offered a drink and the menus. Afterwards you are escorted to the dungeon restaurant when you're meal is ready. The additional snacks offered were lovely. The dungeon itself is very good and the food was some of the best I've had. The service by the staff was very polite and friendly. Overall I'd recommend this for the wonderful location and experience. We enjoyed an evening meal there as part of a Christmas present.

  • By JD D from Edinburgh
    18 December 2015

    We were welcomed by a bagpiper playing happy birthday for my father's 91st. The receptionist kindly helped push Mum's wheelchair into the castle. Afternoon tea was served in the cosy orangerie, with a fantastic view down to the river and across the small glen, where we watched a buzzard gliding overhead. There was plenty of room for the wheelchair in the orangerie, although the toilets were a bit cramped. The beautifully prepared homemade savouries and exquisite wee cakes and confectionary were a delight. Very happy with the gluten free version and the luxury selection of teas.

  • By Jennifer C from Edinburgh
    12 December 2015

    Really unique setting, great service with food to die for!! The Strawberry Bavervois was exquisite. Wonderful experience and excellent for a special occassion.

  • By Mark G from Glasgow
    13 November 2015

    An amazing meal breakfast lumch served with fantastic drinks selection. From wonderful staff

  • By Lorraine W from Bonnyrigg
    26 October 2015

    Very relaxing tea for two. Nice birthday treat for myself and my friend.

  • By Catherine S from Edinburgh
    17 October 2015

    Afternoon tea was delicious, and portion sizes were spot on. I arrived first and alone though, and would have been nice to have been offered a tea menu and at least some water, or even a pot of tea while I waited

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