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7 of the best Hogmanay dining experiences in Edinburgh

What better way to see the year out, than with a very special meal before heading off to the bells? Here are 7 of the best Hogmanay dining experiences in Edinburgh

Published: December 30, 2018

Too often your final meal of the year is rushed, to make it in time for the fireworks.

Well, this year, plan ahead and relax with an exquisite meal. Set yourself up for a brilliant 2019 by dining at one of these distinguished Edinburgh restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a Michelin star meal, classic Scottish dining right by the castle, or even in a castle, these suggestions should help you sort your plans for the evening and see off 2018 in style.


(3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB)

Hogmanay dining experiences in Edinburgh

This year, Edinburgh’s only Michelin star restaurant with rooms, 21212 is hosting a number of guests in their exquisite dining room for an exclusive dining experience as they count down the final hours of 2018. Guests will be welcomed to the Georgian town house where they will enjoy a complimentary glass of vintage Champagne and a menu specially designed by Paul Kitching for this very special night.

Guests can expect the usual cryptically named dishes, with a slight festive twist. The five-course menu celebrates the skill and talent of the kitchen team and the highest-quality ingredients. Dishes include a creamy truffle, yuletide haggis, argan and yeast risotto and a festive winter ‘trifle’ featuring New Year’s 2019 Glayva, shortbread, basil and custard.

21212’s five-course Hogmanay dinner is £150pp and includes a complimentary glass of vintage Champagne on arrival.

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Cannonball Restaurant & Bar

(Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF)

Cannonball Restaurant & Bar - Hogmanay Menu Annual sell out New Year’s Eve celebration dinner with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and the spectacular fireworks at midnight. Enjoy a festive Edinburgh Gin cocktail on arrival followed by a six course Scottish showcase tasting menu, including Seared salted pigeon and cranberry toast; Stornoway black pudding and apple bon bon with Isle of Mull scallop ceviche, chive and honey; and 70 per cent Valrhona chocolate and salted peanut bavoir, peanut brittle and caramel cream, white chocolate jelly and hot chocolate sauce. An artisan cheese selection of Barwheys, Erringtons and St. Andrews Farmhouse is also on offer. The Cannonball Hogmanay menu is £125 per person and will run from 9pm to 1am.

Cannonball Restaurant & Bar - Hogmanay Fish & Fizz Menu

Following the success of last year’s launch, enjoy a relaxed informal night with award-winning lobster mac n’ cheese and Prosecco. Includes a half bottle of Victor & Carina Contini Prosecco, lobster thermidor macaroni cheese and half bottle of house wine per person, as well as a chocolate Glengoyne Cocktail with the Bells! Cannonball’s Fish & Fizz menu is £60 per person and will run from 9pm to 1am.

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For bookings of 2-14 people call 0131 225 1550. For parties of 15+, email For private dining and exclusive use,


(2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD)

Hogmanay dining experiences in Edinburgh

Where better to bring in the New Year than at The Scottish Restaurant of the Year? Ondine, owned by renowned seafood chef, Roy Brett is a restaurant that celebrates the best fish and shellfish from Scotland and beyond. It has also received critical acclaim with The Observer’s Jay Rayner calling Ondine “Edinburgh’s rock”.

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Located on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, you’ll be in the in the heart if the action to bring in the bells. Let Ondine take you on a journey around the shores of the UK as you enjoy dishes such as fresh oysters, tempura squid and spiced monkfish. If you’re looking to really mark the occasion, the roast shellfish platter is the only way to go! With a selection of the finest ingredients such as Isle of Mull scallops, Isle of Skye lobster & langoustines, Dunbar crab and Shetland mussels, it’s a seafood lovers dream.

Le Roi Fou

(1 Forth St, Edinburgh EH1 3JX)

Owned by Chef Jérôme Henry, Le Roi Fou is located in Edinburgh’s vibrant New Town. Le Roi Fou offers a bijou and relaxed fine dining experience and serves modern European dishes influenced by Jérôme’s Henry’s French roots and extensive culinary career.

Celebrate Hogmanay with Le Roi Fou’s four-course menu, featuring a selection of Scottish delicacies cooked with the French-Swiss flair. Start your evening with canapés before sampling dishes including grilled Orkney hand-dived scallops with brown crab dressing or seared Highland venison saddle with braised root vegetables & sauce Grand Veneur. Those with a sweet tooth will have plenty to look forward to with chocolate symphony with mango &  passion fruit sorbet or Swiss & French cheeses for dessert.

The Hogmanay menu is priced at £75.00 per person and bookings are available from 5pm to 9pm.

Borthwick Castle

(North Middleton, Gorebridge, EH23 4QY)

Borthwick castle shoot.

Although a few miles from the city centre, Borthwick Castle is more than worth the short journey to Gorebridge from Edinburgh city centre. The former residence of Mary, Queen of Scots, Borthwick Castle is now one of Scotland’s most luxurious private hire venues, meticulously refurbished in an authentic, Medieval style.

Bring in 2019 as kings and queens of your very own castle, with a lavish Hogmanay celebration which is truly your own. From a New Year’s Eve banquet by Head Chef, Derek Johnstone, to opulent bedchambers, magnificent reception areas, roaring fires and beautiful countryside views, this historic venue will house a Hogmanay celebration to remember.

The Honours

(58A North Castle Street, EH2 3LU)

Picture: Trip Advisor

Celebrate the New Year at the heart of the party at The Honors on North Castle Street. The Honours will be celebrating in style with a five-course menu featuring the finest seasonal produce such as partridge, salsify and celeriac. Enjoy your meal with a perfectly paired glass of wine and treat yourself to something special, then head out, ready for a brilliant evening.

The Hogmanay menu is priced at five-courses for £90 per person.

The Bon Vivant

(55-57 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY)

Picture: Trip Advisor

Nestled on the cosy Thistle Street, The Bon Vivant are offering the perfect Hogmanay menu to enjoy pre-bells. Enjoy four perfectly prepared courses featuring dishes such as burnt leek pannacotta with carrot, golden raisins and seed granola and venison saddle with pancetta, celeriac, lingonberry, and game and walnut pithivier.

Start the night off as it means to go on with a glass of champagne on arrival and dive into their vast array of wines and spirits as well as perfectly mixed cocktails. The warm and welcoming atmosphere is sure to put a smile on your face as we say
goodbye to 2018.

The Hogmanay menu is prices at £40 for four-courses and available from 5pm to  7pm.

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