Food & Drink

Review – The Tower, by Ella Forsyth

With views across Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Tower has been my most recent dining rediscovery. I booked in for lunch with a friend, which has left me looking forward to a longer, more leisurely visit so I can experience a meal there in the evening. The food was delicious, locally sourced and delivered with superb customer service. A highlight for me was the discovery of Sweet Potato and Lemongrass Soup, a flavour combination which really was an unexpected delight. The restaurant’s two-course lunch is wonderfully affordable at only £18.95, or you can enjoy a three-course table d’hôte menu at £36.
Upon zooming up in the lift and walking into the restaurant I was struck by the contemporary, plush decor, which for me is always a major factor when choosing a restaurant. I like to feel comfortable in spacious surroundings and enjoy beautiful interior design. This, and much more is in abundance at The Tower. A large feature glass wall leads you out to a terrace where I enjoyed a post-lunch coffee and soaked in the splendid views across the Edinburgh cityscape. If you have a special event or even a wedding reception to organise, I would certainly contemplate The Tower for both a stylish and unusual venue – if not just to gaze out over those gothic rooftops.

Enjoy more at The Tower
• Brunch is served from 10am until 12:30pm with options like Eggs Benedict and Bacon with Maple Syrup. Lavazza coffee and a selection of the Rare Tea Company’s loose leaf teas are on offer, and even a hair of the dog Bloody Mary if required.
• Afternoon tea is served from 2:30pm until 5:30pm, and it is impressive. There are open and closed sandwiches to sample, home baking and cakes accompanied by speciality teas and a glass of Billecart-Salmon champagne. Afternoon tea is £18.95, while champagne afternoon tea is £25.95.
• Pre-theatre supper is available every day from 5pm to 6:30pm at £15.95. The Festival Theatre is only a short stroll from The Tower and the capital’s other theatres are a short taxi ride away.