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 Molly P P from Atlanta
    5 July 2018

    The atmosphere was fabulous and the food was very good. My son is very picky and he said it was the best chicken he’s had. Only suggestion is for staff to wear soft sole shoes. Because the floor is stone it made the dining a little noisy.

  • By Stephanie J from Gorebridge
    27 June 2018

    Beautiful restaurant in a beautiful castle. We expected the restaurant to be similar to The Witchery and, in some ways it was, however it felt more spacious and there were fewer tables, so we didn't feel elbow to elbow with fellow dinners, as we had when we ate at The Witchery. The service was excellent and the menu was well planned with plenty of choices. All the dishes sounded wonderful, and what we had was certainly delicious. We loved that you went to the Library for a drink and canapés before being taken to your table in the Dungeon restaurant, and the canapés were as tasty as the food that followed. Overall, a wonderful experience. The only slight negative was the temperature in the restaurant. It did end up being rather uncomfortably warm, once another 4 or 5 tables of guests had been seated. Obviously there is no air conditioning, being it was underground and in an old stone castle, and it had been a very warm day outside, but possibly a couple of fans to circulate the air a little?

  • By Paul G from Bristow
    14 June 2018

    Amazing castle, great atmosphere. We weren't staying at the hotel (just came for dinner) but still the staff treated us like VIPs. The meals were very interesting and delicious. It's a tad pricey but worth the experience. Highly recommend.

  • By Jolynn P from Smithfield
    8 June 2018

    It was fantastic! The restaurant being set in an actual dungeon and decorated with items from that time period gave it an authentic feel. The staff were wonderful and attended to your every need. They even remembered my hazelnut allergy and took great care in preparing my dishes. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. My only regret is not booking another night for the dinner! I highly recommend reserving a dinner at the dungeon restaurant.

  • By Roman K from Edinburgh
    5 June 2018


  • By David O from Borders
    8 May 2018

    Access to the Orangery was via the Dungeon which was very poorly lit ( yes it was a dungeon, but my wife tripped by not being able to see a step). The restaurant itself was not unpleasant but after a long drive there, the need to use the gents' toilet was an encounter with a former user's deposit not having been flushed away and by extension no check being made by staff on cleanliness. In the restaurant there was no choice of low / no - alcohol beer, so it was rubbish or water. The menu was reasonable but fussy and probably 15% too expensive for the whole experience. My wife chose a dessert of poached plum with creme fraiche sorbet, the latter being very good but the single plum was hard and seemed burnt on the stone side. Additionally there was some kind of herb on the plate to "dress" it - I have no idea what it was but I tasted some of the dessert and could not get rid of the herb flavour for hours.

  • By Alan M from Bonnyrigg
    15 April 2018

    Great food and service - the monk fish with crab rosti was excellent!

  • By JC C from Edinburgh
    26 March 2018

    Interesting setting in a refurbished dungeon, but the meal was surprisingly very poor indeed, the price exaggerated, and the service, though pleasant and polite, was rather amateur. One waiter gabbled his messages at very rapid speed which meant that we had to ask him to repeat them several times. Others from outside Scotland were having even more difficulty. Learning to speak clearly is surely a basic requirement. The lobster ravioli had little lobster in it and was drowned in a sort of coleslaw. The goose was rather tough and tasteless. The croquettes were poor. The halibut was fairly tasteless and did not do justice to this magnificent fish. Some of the huge portions of cheese served were a little stale. The overall experience was pleasant enough in the setting but the food was really VERY poor, which is a pity in this wonderful castle.

  • By james L from North Berwick
    14 March 2018

    Took my sister and her husband there for a birthday treat to a cream tea, everything was perfect from surroundings , staff and food

  • By Elmondt K from Edinburgh
    6 March 2018

    Excellent service and food in a unusual surroundings that can be magical.

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