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“Fantastic Christmas Lunch for Homesick Travellers”

Cranston's Restaurant
Ranked #1,169 of 2,626 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: US$21 - US$35
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Princes Street and Gardens
Description: An Edinburgh landmark, The Old Waverley Hotel is home to Cranston���s, a beautiful modern Scottish restaurant open to visiting diners as well as guests. Pioneering a new wave of contemporary Scottish food with creativity and character, Cranston���s kitchen offers a menu of treats that manage to not only reflect Caledonian tradition by using locally sourced produce and those ingredients so synonymous with Scotland ��� haggis, whiskey, turnips ��� but to present the diner with something utterly new, exciting and original. It really is a true taste of the country for the discerning foodie. In the very same way that its menu blends old and new, Cranston���s setting is the perfect combination of up to date style and old world character. Set in one of Edinburgh���s most prestigious buildings, on the famed Princes Street, the dining room is nonetheless comfortably new in its styling. Offering unsurpassed views of the castle and Princes Street gardens through wide windows, the room is bathed in natural light thanks in no small part to the light, neutral d��cor that brings original features such as plasterwork ceilings and Corinthian pillars in to the 21st century.
Reviewed 9 January 2014

My girlfriend and I travelled through the UK for 3 weeks and booked our Christmas lunch in advance in Edinburgh so we could have a special quiet lunch together. We contacted Waverly hotel via email several months in advance to arrange the lunch, and they kindly booked us in despite that we couldn't provide credit card details. On arrival, we were very kindly provided drinks by the Maitre D', who had placed us in the best table in the restaurant (having determined that we had travelled a long way from home for a special lunch). This gesture made our day, on top of the amazing food and service that was provided.
Cheers Cranston's, for making our Christmas awesome!

Thank Rory L
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Went for a Sunday lunch, had booked a table for 12.30. When went into the restaurant the waitress was vacuuming the carpet. Had a lovely corner table at the window. The menu looked good and was really cheap for the city centre in Edinburgh. We ordered a main course which took exactly 35 minutes to arrive. The meal was very nice, one chicken in wine sauce served with mash and ratatouille and one haddock with roast potatoes, courgettes and brocolli. A nice bottle of pinot grigio and one sticky toffee pudding and a huge plate of biscuits and 3 cheeses served with home made chutney. We were the only ones in the restaurant till other 4 people came in as we were leaving at 2.40. Food was good but the management need to do something about the service.

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Thank JORGE848
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Décor rather tired and faded in this classic styled dining room but with two tables at the windows offering fantastic views of Princes Street, the Walter Scott monument and the Castle.

Rather good main courses on the limited choice dinner menu - especially the monkfish and the venison dishes we had - but rather let down by surprisingly mundane starters and desserts (toffee pudding, cheesecake and fudge cake) and a lowest common denominator cheese board.

Reasonably priced house wine and pleasant service.

I'd be happy to go back again if they could raise their game overall to the standard of the main courses and the window tables!

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Thank cageybee
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Went for Afternoon Tea. It was NOTHING like the pictures on the website.

There's no one to greet you when you walk in.

The decor is tired and sparse.

You get only a single tea bag each.

The 'cake' fits on a dessert spoon.

The scones look amazing but aren't that great.

The sandwiches were too dry.


There are plenty amazing afternoon tea destinations in Edinburgh; give this one a miss; you simply don't get any value for your money.

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Thank Renate K
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

An impressive place with a nice view! The food is good although not something extraordinary for the choices you have. It was delicious food and the prices are reasonable(not cheap).The stuff is very polite.Ask for a table by the windows!!

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1  Thank Zannis S
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