Nestled amidst mature trees and elegant grounds, 1886 Restaurant at the picturesque Braid Hills Hotel has been welcoming guests for over 130 years. The hotel sits proudly above Braidburn Valley Park and enjoys far-reaching views of the city skyline and beyond. Though you’ll feel a million miles from the bustle of the city, this fantastic restaurant is conveniently located a mere 20 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh.
Head chef Gavin Elden and his kitchen brigade are passionate about creating a memorable dining experience. The team cooks with simplicity, focusing on flavour and the seasonality of ingredients, and each dish is beautifully presented with eye-catching flair. Every course is packed with flavour, prepared using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The team feels that it is important to support Scottish farmers and producers, so continuously seeks out new and innovative produce.
The team has created a menu that boasts a diverse range of dishes. The summer menu includes starters such as the delicious warmed Cullen skink tart with a baby gherkin and shallot salad. For your main course, you might try hot smoked Scottish salmon with a Waldorf-style salad, or perhaps rosemary-marinated lamb rump accompanied by crushed potatoes and feta. The menu also includes classic favourites such as fish goujons and chips, and tender pork meatballs, as well as a popular selection of sharing boards. The Buckstone burger is a fine testament to the history of the local area, hailing back to the unleashing of the Buckhounds by the King of Scotland centuries ago. If this practise were still commonplace today, the burger would be certain to satisfy the hungriest of huntsmen. Finish off your dining experience with a homemade dessert like Jean’s chocolate tart. This rich tart is served with crème fraîche and candied popcorn, and is an outstanding way to round off lunch or dinner.
1886 is also for open afternoon tea every day, so why not treat yourself to some tasty treats in sumptuous surrounds? With delicious food and drink, warm, attentive service and a beautiful setting, 1886 provides a wonderful experience for all who visit.