There are few more breathtaking places in Britain to celebrate Christmas and the end of the year than in the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh. From the city’s charming Old Town with its centuries-old buildings, narrow, winding alleyways, and streets lined with cosy, traditional pubs and restaurants, to Princes Street, where you can do some Christmas shopping cocooned in all your cosy festive clothing, Edinburgh is a city made for the festive season.
With just 9 weeks until Christmas, if you haven’t already booked the city’s best venues for your Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations this year, you’d better get cracking. A hugely popular destination during this time of the year, you don’t want to have to wait any longer to ensure your Christmas and New Year plans are all wrapped up nice and neatly this year with a festive bow.
Making your life that much easier, here at Fed Up & Drunk and Office Christmas Party Guides, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite venues in Edinburgh we think deserve your consideration this year. For a more comprehensive list, be sure to check out our Edinburgh Christmas Guide 2018.
Situated on Bristo Place right in the beating heart of this historic and spectacular city, if you’re looking for a special and stylish Christmas shindig this year, you’ve found it at the luxurious 4-star Hotel du Vin in Edinburgh.
Boasting traditional, cosy décor perfect for the festive season, this year, feast from the hotel restaurant’s three-course celebration menu, offering hearty festive dishes like the warming, spiced parsnip and carrot soup, turkey ballotine, and classic Christmas pudding you’ll simply crave. Whether you’re looking for an intimate catch-up with close family and friends or need to book a private function room for your colleagues, this stunning Edinburgh venue will not disappoint.
If the thought of spending all day this Christmas in the kitchen is too much to bear, why not join Hotel du Vin for a Christmas Day lunch your family will love?! Starting with a complimentary glass of wine, indulge in a scrumptious four-course feast before finishing with delicious festive mince pies, tea and coffee. Hotel du Vin also holds a sensational annual Hogmanay dinner with mains of beef Wellington, roast venison, sesame-crusted halibut and baked provençal tomato.
0844 625 4418/[email protected]
Whether you’re looking to hold a private party, join a spectacular shared Christmas party, or need a sophisticated setting in which to enjoy an afternoon tea or festive cocktail with your closest friends, DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre is THE place to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year in style.
Centrally located and close to all the shops, attractions, and entertainment Edinburgh has to offer, this year the hotel is playing host to a whole number of incredible events, festive lunches, and private party extravaganzas.
Why not celebrate Hogmanay with a bang this year from DoubleTree Edinburgh City Centre’s SKYbar?! A stylish and truly celebratory end of the year shindig boasting the very best and most beautiful panoramic views in the city of the annual and spectacular fireworks display, for just £50 per person, you’ll dance the night away in the hotel’s glamourous penthouse and be the envy of all those outside in the crowds and cold.
0844 625 4772/ [email protected]
An original and one-of-a-kind setting for your festive celebrations this year, Christmas at Makars Gourmet Mash Bar promises to be a cracker this year. Garnering a reputation for quality and quickly becoming an Edinburgh institution since it opened in 2012, whether you’re visiting for a festive tipple with your mates or want to make the most of this venue’s private dining area with an exquisite festive feast, you’re guaranteed a great time.
Where better to celebrate Christmas with family and friends than at a restaurant known for serving truly scrumptious homemade comfort food?! With two venues in the city, choose between Makars Mound, a small, cosy, and atmospheric eatery in Edinburgh’s Old Town boasting stellar views of the city, or Makars West End, which provides guests with a larger space for a slower and more casual affair in the West End with a hireable private dining area.
For just £18.50pp for two courses and £21.50pp for three courses, enjoy delicious and nostalgic dishes off of their unforgettable festive menus, with all food sourced ethically and from validated local farms.
Makars Mound: 0844 625 4634/ Makars West End: 0844 625 5569/ gourmet-mas-bar.com
Boasting everything you need to make your Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations truly special this year, look to The Wee Restaurant. This delightful and charming venue is running its scrumptious Christmas menu from the 4th-23rd December (excluding Mondays) and promises to be the ideal spot in the city for a festive dining experience you’ll be dreaming about for months after your visit. From its warming atmosphere to its exceptional festive dishes, whether you need to host a cosy annual dinner or an extravagant Christmas bash, The Wee Restaurant will make your Christmas dreams come true this year.
Both venues, situated in North Queensferry and Edinburgh, will also be serving up a spectacular New Year’s menu this year, so make sure The Wee Restaurant is part of your Hogmanay plans come December.
0131 225 7983/ www.theweerestaurant.co.uk
If you’re bored of the traditional Christmas fare and are after something a little more exciting this festive season, there are plenty of alternative venues in Edinburgh to consider when it comes to planning the perfect festive feast or foodie get-together with family, friends, and colleagues. Maki & Ramen Omakase Bar is one such location and one of our favourites.
This sushi and noodle bar presents diners with the ultimate Japanese eating-out experience and makes the ideal venue to take a break from yet another roast turkey dinner this year. The restaurant is available for hire this Christmas time, so why not shake things up for your collegues and friends and surprise them with a unique and unforgettable Christmas party.
0844 625 4724/ www.makimaki-restaurant.co.uk