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Iconic Edinburgh dining room to close

Not good news for fans of this grand old restaurant...

Published: January 24, 2020
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One of Edinburgh's oldest and grandest dining rooms is set to close this weekend.

The Pompadour, located within the Waldorf Astoria The Caledonian in Edinburgh's city centre, has announced it will be closing its doors this weekend.

Posting on their social media, the team said: "After careful consideration, we confirm that we will close our doors for the last time this Sunday.

"We are proud of the achievements and memories over 95 years. Thank you to our customers and suppliers. Guests with bookings are being contacted, further enquiries call 01312228857."

The restaurant had been home to the Galvin brothers as the The Pompadour by Galvin but after the chefs left Edinburgh last year, it was being run by head chef Dan Ashmore.

Regarded as one of the most grand dining rooms in the city, it has intricate features and views to the Castle.

Users took to Twitter to express their sorrow of the closure with one writing: “A sad loss, what a wonderful place and food.”

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@gravity_bottle added: “Was lucky to have a meal in this room on several occasions. Stunning space. Will be a real loss...”

The Pompadour restaurant – named after Madame Pompadour, the “cerebral” mistress of Louis XV – opened to the public in 2012 after being painstakingly restored as part of a £24 million refurbishment of the building.

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