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Wedgwood The Restaurant
Royal Mile, 267 Canongate,,
Edinburgh,
Midlothian,
EH8 8BQ
0131 558 8737
Mon- Sat, l Lunch 12pm-3pm, dinner from 6pm; Sun, 12.30pm-3pm, dinner from 6pm

When you hear one of your favourite restaurants has a new tasting menu your mouth starts watering and you know it’s time for another foodie night out.

 

Wedgwood on the Royal Mile has been run by husband and wife team Paul and Lisa Wedgwood since 2007. I booked a table and looked forward to my "Wee tour of Scotland” which promised top Scottish produce paired with fine wines from around the world.

 

The narrow exterior belies the ‘Tardis-esque’ eatery which seats 48 and was refurbished in 2016 – fine dining is definitely on the menu with the kitchen brigade turning out amazing dishes using seasonal, local produce, which are delivered to you by friendly, knowledgeable, well trained staff. The restaurant surroundings are very comfortable but, thankfully, award winning Wedgewood’s doesn’t have that "overly fussy” feel that some fine dining restaurants have.

 

I was greeted with cheery smiles from the very smart front of house team and served fizz and canapés. 


A fabulous evening was then spent greedily consuming all 8 courses (I’ve counted the coffee and Petit fours as you have to leave a teensy weenie space for these homemade delights!)

 

To start - potato gnocchi, wild garlic pesto, Corra Linn cheese and radish – the flavour of the sheeps’ cheese and wild garlic lifting this Italian favourite above expectations (paired with Marlborough Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc 2016).


To follow, Sound of Kilbrannan scallops, cauliflower korma, pineapple, peanut and pistachio dust (I said dust in my best Marjorie from Little Britain’s Fat Fighters voice) – these king scallops lived up to their regal title; plump and cooked perfectly with an unusual but completely amazing side of cauliflower, pineapple and peanut chutney (paired with Spanish Albarino, Abadia de San Campio, Rias Baixas 2016).

 

Next up to bat was Scotch beef tartare, kombu, soy, shaved egg, sea rocket, bone marrow crumb; the meat was delicious, soft, tender and full of flavour, enhanced by the sea rocket and bone marrow crumb (paired with a light Fleurie, Domaine Lardy, Beaujolais, France 2016)


A short break to loosen the belt was followed by Roast North Sea cod, caponata, white beans, chorizo, baby courgette. For me all of those ingredients work so well together. The flavour of the chorizo and beans was spot on but didn’t detract from the star of the show, the cod. Baby courgette was worthy of a doff of the cap too (paired with Montagny Bonneveaux 1er Cru, Olivier Leflaive, France 2015)


Loin & crisp breast of Borders lamb, braised new potatoes, spinach, samphire, onion, radish for main course. Loin is a delicious cut but the crisp breast was sublime (paired with Rioja Reserva "Wedgewood”, Club Altanza, Spain 2010 – this wine is a MUST if you go to Wedgewood’s – it is soft, fruity with an almost port like syrupy texture. More of that please!)

 

Pudding time was worth saving space for; very sticky toffee pudding, Bunnahabhain butterscotch (Mr Wedgewood’s favourite tipple) vanilla ice cream. Two words; fan-tastic (paired with Petit Manseng Doux, Les Anesses, Domaine Cabidos, France)


Coffee and Petit fours recalled Monty Python's famous exploding Mr Creosote sketch in The Meaning of Life "teensy weensy mint?” 


I didn’t explode, but I left Wedgewood the Restaurant fully sated and happy that I had experienced their "Wee tour of Scotland”. (D. Hughes)

 

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