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Issue 15 - All things to all people

Scotland Magazine Issue 15
July 2004


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All things to all people

Edinburgh's The Dome has something for everyone says Dominic Roskrow

The Dome is one of those magical places which balances decor, decadence and indulgence in equal amounts; the sort of place that no matter what age you are, whatever reason you find yourself in the centre of Edinburgh or what time of day it is, it beckons to you as you pass it by and you have to fight against the lure of the treats within.

It’s a stylish enough building and has an impressive history, having been originally a physicians’ hall and then the headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Scotland.

And while it’s hard not to admire its stunning fittings, and its spacious, welcoming and relaxing rooms – a sort of cross between a theatre foyer and a stately home – it’s the food and drink offering that really draws you here.

It’s one of those places that changes atmospheres and clientele as the day goes by. Now with a breakfast offering to catch the morning crowd, it has five phases; breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and post-dinner.

The business customer is clearly contented here – there are private meeting rooms and conference rooms upstairs and the business sector is an integral part of the overall offering – but tourists, families and shoppers also take time out here. And you just know that on Saturday at brunch time it’s going to be cluttered with shopping bags and buzzing with Edinburgh’s weekend energy, whilst on Sunday the late rising Sunday paper and jazz crowd will turn it in to a cosy, worry-free zone where the time just drifts by.

All sound a bit old-world? Try the stylish cocktail bar, which gives the impression that it has always been this way and has been waiting for the fads of fashion to come round to it again – which, of course, it now has.

In summer there’s a garden to while away the hours in the heart of the city, and downstairs there’s a night club under the moniker Why Not?

Add to that a range of food that covers everything from haggis, neeps and tatties to steak and ale pie through to interesting and tasty vegetarian dishes and you’re looking at a venue that has pretty much got it all.

It’s not the cheapest place you’ll eat and drink, but it’s situated in the heart of the new town and while the surrounds drip with history, the venue itself is a perfect representation of that other, lesser-celebrated side of Edinburgh life; its contemporary one.

Well worth a visit.


The Dome
14 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2PF
Tel: +44 (0)131 624 8624


At breakfast…
Toasted bacon sandwich - £4
Full Scottish breakfast - £12
Smoked salmon and scrambled egg - £10.50

At lunch…
Roast filled aubergine with sweet chilli vegetables and rice - £12.50
Steak and ale pie with thick cut fries and peas - £11.50
Battered haddock with minted mushy peas and thick cut fries - £13.50

And at dinner…
Confit of duck with puy lentils, sauté potato and roast garlic - £15.00
Chia cosy and chicken bouguignonne with garlic and parsley pommes mousseline - £16.00
Pan fried sea bass with a shaved fennel, shallot, potato and caper salad - £17.00