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PRESTONFIELD NAMED AS ONLY HOTEL IN SCOTLAND TO JOIN THE WORLD'S TOP 100 HOTELS PRESTONFIELD VOTED SCOTLAND'S BEST HOTEL 2015 Prestonfield has been named as Scotland's best hotel in 2015 in the country's premier hospitality and tourism awards, VisitScotland's Thistle Awards 2015. Against an exceptionally strong field of finalists, judges decided that, as Scotland's most hospitable hotel, the top award should go to Prestonfield. Prestonfield's owner, James Thomson commented "We have created something very unique and luxurious at Prestonfield, but time and again our guests comment that it is the genuine warmth, welcome and care from all of our staff that make a wonderful hotel so truly special. Hospitality is at the core of the best of Scottish tourism, so I'm thrilled that the welcome and care that everyone at Prestonfield offers our guests has been recognised."
The Robb Report has named Prestonfield as one of the top 100 hotels in the world in its recent round up of the world's best hotels
PRESTONFIELD NAMED AS ONLY HOTEL IN SCOTLAND TO JOIN THE WORLD'S TOP 100 HOTELS
PRESTONFIELD VOTED SCOTLAND'S BEST HOTEL 2015
Prestonfield has been named as Scotland's best hotel in 2015 in the country's premier hospitality and tourism awards, VisitScotland's Thistle Awards 2015. Against an exceptionally strong field of finalists, judges decided that, as Scotland's most hospitable hotel, the top award should go to Prestonfield.
Prestonfield's owner, James Thomson commented "We have created something very unique and luxurious at Prestonfield, but time and again our guests comment that it is the genuine warmth, welcome and care from all of our staff that make a wonderful hotel so truly special. Hospitality is at the core of the best of Scottish tourism, so I'm thrilled that the welcome and care that everyone at Prestonfield offers our guests has been recognised."
EDINBURGH'S BEST RESTAURANT OFFER?
Enjoy some of the best fine dining in Edinburgh with Rhubarb's latest restaurant offer. From Sunday to Thursday two delicious courses from our Spring table d'hote menu are just £20 at lunch or three courses are just £35. The menu is packed with seasonal ingredients and offers excellent value in the acclaimed setting of Rhubarb at Prestonfield.
OUR MAN ON THE GROUND DISCOVERS PRESTONFIELD
Renowned as the travel site that sniffs out the world's best luxury hidden gems, Our Man on the Ground has recently discovered Prestonfield which it rates as one of the world's best hotels. You can read theur full review here
ELLE FEATURES EDINBURGH'S MOST ROMANTIC WEDDING VENUE
As one of Scotland's most unquie and stylish wedding venues you'd perhaps expect Prestonfield to attract a stylish and fashion-concious crowd. Find out how Elle discovered Prestonfield and how it is the perfect Edinburgh venue for a small and stylish wedding here
PRESTONFIELD NAMED AMONG SCOTLAND'S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS BY SOCIETE PERRIER
Prestonfield and the Witchery by the Castle have both been named among Scotland's leading luxury hotels by Societe Perrier's guide to Scottish chic. Details at....
LES DEUX MESSIEURS RATE PRESTONFIELD AS AN EXCEPTIONAL PLACE TO STAY IN EDINBURGH
Luxury gay travel website, Les Deux Messieurs, has rated Prestonfield as a memorable five star venue for discerning guests visiting Edinburgh in search of luxury, sophistication and fine dining.
Les Deux Messiers have travelled the length and breadth of Britain to highlight the very best hotels and restaurants reviewing them from a gay - and design-led - perspective. Recent reviews of both Prestonfield and the Witchery by the Castle have been five star recommendations where "we felt like guest in a private home." Very Downton!
THE PRINCE'S TRUST RAISES EXCEPTIONAL £275,000 AT PRESTONFIELD
James Thomson's annual Lunch with an Old Bag event at Prestonfield raised an exceptional best-ever £275,000 to support the valuable work of The Prince's Trust in Scotland.
Guest enjoyed Bellini cocktails on the lawn, a delicious three-course lunch accompanied by Burgundy from Maison Bichot and coffee and macaroons
After a moving speech from a young Prince's Trust ambassador and being entertained by Jason Donovan the glamorous audience dug deep and bid hard for some exceptional lots including Andy Murray's Olympic Gold bag and kit and a wine-lover's dream of a behind-the-scenes tour of the best of Bordeaux. Some of the most sought-after designer handbags were fought over in a silent auction that saw fierce bidding.
Support from Adam and Company was invaluable and other sought after lots included a exclusive diamond buying trip with Michael Laing and dinner on Britannia.
Heather Gray, Direct of The Prince's Trust Scotland thanked the events supporters "The generosity of our prize donors and guests is exceptional and we are immensely grateful. Lunch with an Old Bag is a key event in our fundraising calendar and has raised a phenomenal amount today and will help many young [people turn their lives around."
After and exceptional event Old Bags across Scotland are hoping that a lucky invitation to next year's event on Friday 13 September comes their way! More...
GIRLY GET TOGETHER AT PRESTONFIELD
Glam, girly and good fun this entertaining evening returns to Prestonfield on 27 September 2012 to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Expect delicious food, great entertainment and lots of fun, together with fantastic raffle prizes and an auction of to-die-for lots just ahead of the Christmas shopping season
As ever it is in worthwhile support of the vital work of the Sick Kid's Friends Foundation so you can do good and feel good at the same time
Tables are just £650 for ten including welcome drink, three course dinner with wine and coffee and lots of fun and games too!
Enquiries and tickets from Linda Cameron on 0131-558 4949
JASON DONOVAN TO JOIN "THE OLD BAGS" AT PRESTONFIELD
Jason Donovan is set to entertain 400 Old Bags at the forthcoming Lunch with an Old Bag event at Prestonfield in September. In previous years guest have been entertained by entertainers including Lulu and Russell Watson.
This is the fourth Lunch with a Old Bag hosted by James Thomson at Prestonfield and so far they have raised approaching £500,000 for our main charity, The Prince's Trust in Scotland. 400 ladies, and just a few gentlemen, will enjoy the invitation-only lunch, packed with seasonal Scottish ingredients with cocktails on the lawn and an auction of incredible lots including opportunities to dine royally at Dumfries House or on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Among the must-have handbags on offer will be an opportunity to bid for a rare piece of Olympic gold history - a bag and racket from the Olympic gold medal winning match, generously donated by Andy Murray!
THE AA RECOGNISE PRESTONFIELD'S "NOTABLE WINE LIST"
The AA have recognised the exceptional collection of wines at Prestonfield with the awarding of an award for its "Notable Wine List" for 2012 - 13
Collected by owner, James Thomson, and his Head Sommelier, John Power the list includes many of the wine world's famous names and unique wines bought at the Hospice de Beaune auctions over the past decade. Guest will also discover some quirky finds and a range of over a dozen well-priced and approachable wines available by the glass too!
PRESTONFIELD RATED BY THE HOTEL GURU
The travel website dedicated to the charming, heavenly, authentic - hotels with soul" noted Prestonfield had " A fine restaurant, Rhubarb. Attentive service, gorgeous bedrooms, sheer glorious indulgence." More details at
RHUBARB SHORT-LISTED FOR LOUIS ROEDERER WINE LIST OF THE YEAR 2012
We are thrilled to be one of just five restaurants in Scotland to be shortlisted in the Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year 2012, one of the wine world's most rigorously-judged competitions. Judges noted is was "good to see a fine-dining restaurant that takes the New World seriously and Head Sommelier John Power has clearly put a lot of thought into all his sourcing for the restaurant of this boutique Edinburgh hotel". They spotted that the list had "a good selection with some exciting wines and a few good friends too."
BRITISH AIRWAYS HIGHLIFE ON PRESTONFIELD
BA Highlift has just featured Prestonfield noting that "if heaven is a place on earth we appear to have found it" You can read their review of Prestonfield Edinburgh at
PRESTONFIELD EDINBURGH FEATURES ON NEW VIDEO
A short video of Edinburgh's five star hotel, Prestonfield, has just become available. A brief insight into some of the charm, quirks and unique atmosphere at Prestonfield.
More at http://www.prestonfield.com/experience-prestonfield-video.html
EDINBURGH WEDDING AND EVENT SHOWCASE 2012
Following from the success and popularity of Prestonfield's Wedding Showcase earlier this year, dates for an autumn Wedding and Event Showcase have just been announced
On Sunday 9 September 2012 Prestonfield will throw open its doors to give you an opportunity to see Prestonfield set for events both large and small. Our historic private dining rooms will be set for dinners and lunches, marquees will sit on the lush lawns and our unique venue, the circular stables, will be set for a large-scale wedding or event.
You'll be able to see all that Prestonfield has to offer and to make a day of it you can book for a fantastic Sunday lunch - or afternoon tea - and meet a handpicked selection of our favourite event and wedding suppliers too.
Sunday 9 September 2012 11- 4pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your personal invitation.
ROYAL JUBILEE: HOTELS WITH A ROYAL CONNECTION
PRESTONFIELD FEATURES IN THE TELEGRAPH
With perfect timing to suit the Royal Jubilee, Prestonfield has been named by the Telepgraph as being a hotel noted for its Royal connections. As if sitting on the edge of the Holyrood estate, the Queen's official Scottish residence, wasn't enough, Prestonfield has many architectural similarities as Holyrood, both shared the same architect, Sir William Bruce. More at http://soc.li/EkXljRd
NEW PRIVATE DINING MENUS FOR PRESTONFIELD
New private dining menus with three delicious choices at each course have been launched uniquely offering a choice menu for parties of up to 24 guests dining in Prestonfield's historic private dining rooms.
New dishes on the menus showcase the best Scottish produce available and include dishes such as Pan-fried scallop, roast ham hough, pancetta with pea and mint veloute. Oak-smoked salmon mousse, horseradish potato scone, beetroot tart and sharp lemon curd or roast fillet of beef, braised ox cheek, caramelised red onion, foie gras croquette and Bourguignon sauce.
Prestonfield offers the most unique private dining venue in Edinburgh with a ravishing collection of private dining rooms that offer a unique venue for celebrations and corporate events in Edinburgh.
Prestonfield's private dining menus are priced at £45 for three courses with a deluxe menu at £60 for three courses. Dishes from the private dining menus, or Rhubarb's a la carte menu are available to larger groups as a set menu.
Edinburgh private dining and event enquiries 0131 662 2323
SUMMER ENTERTAINING IN EDINBURGH
The Garden Room, seating up to 50 guests, is perfect for summer entertaining in Edinburgh with its own private terrace and French windows leading onto acres of lush, manicured lawns. Perfect for weddings, celebrations, lunches, dinners and private dining it is light, bright and elegant.
With Prestonfield's lush lawns and gardens filled with fragrance and colour, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the gardens either for a drink before lunch or dinner or for Prestonfield's renowned traditional Afternoon Tea. In summer you can enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace, in the gardens or in the characterful gothic tea house surrounded by hundreds of old-fashioned roses. Possibly the most magical setting for afternoon tea in Edinburgh.
PRESTONFIELD'S INAUGURAL SPRING BALL RAISES FUNDS FOR CROHNS & COLITIS UK
Prestonfield will hold its first ever Spring Wedding Showcase on Sunday 25 March 2012 offering potential brides the opportunity to see this magical Edinburgh wedding venue at its best.
Doors open at midday until 5pm offering clients the opportunity to see some of Edinburgh's finest wedding locations set up as they could be for a wedding. As well as the opportunity for an informal look at the delightful Garden Room and the historic Stuart and Italian Rooms, brides will be able to see Prestonfield's circular stables ballroom set for a wedding too. Some rooms will be set up to show them in use for a wedding ceremony, others as wedding breakfasts.
Visitors to the wedding showcase are welcome to book for Prestonfield's Sunday Lunch (two courses for just £15.95) or linger afterwards and enjoy Afternoon Tea at £18. Reservations are recommended on 0131 225 1333
Whilst the showcase is not a wedding fair, we have invited along some of our favourite suppliers who know just how to add a special touch to your wedding at Prestonfield including Flowers by Maxwell, Patrick J Hayes our favourite toast master and Duke's Photographers.
You'll also see some wonderful vintage cars around Prestonfield's stately turning circle, a horse and trap and a wonderful vintage red bus too!
PRESTONFIELD FEATURES IN THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF DESIGNER PETER PILOTTO
The fashionista's darlings and the hit of London Fashion Week 2012, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos have included Edinburgh's five star hotel, Prestonfield, in their list of secret addresses for stylish people, published in the Telegraph.
CUMBRIA FOODIE FINDS "A HIDDEN GEM" AT PRESTONFIELD
Noted food blogger & all-round restaurant addict has stumbled across the seasonal produce and inventive menus at Prestonfield's Edinburgh restaurant - Rhubarb.
Follow this entertaining and informative blog and read their review of Prestonfield here
WHERE TO SPEND IT?
The FT's Where to Spend It asked author Alexander McCall Smith for his insider's guide to Edinburgh this weekend. High among his suggestions was our sister restaurant, The Witchery by the Castle whilst "For at atmospheric experience it's difficult to match Prestonfield House, a grand and glamorous hotel....In the summer it is particularly appealing ......"
ELLE RATES PRESTONFIELD AS SCOTLAND'S HOT HOTEL
Style-bible ELLE has rated Edinburgh's luxurious Prestonfield as a hot destination for 2012 in their recent listings praising it as "a hotel that doesn't do anything by half-measures"!
More details at http://www.elleuk.com/travel/places-to-stay/prestonfield
TRIPADVISOR RATES PRESTONFIELD AS SCOTLAND'S TOP LUXURY HOTEL 2012
Edinburgh's luxury hotel, Prestonfield, was been ranked as Scotland's best luxury hotel in the prestigious TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012.
Prestonfield was ranked at 4th place in the list of the UK's 25 best luxury hotels, joining an iconic line up of some of the world's most famous hotels. This award-winning list of hotels includes such legendary hotels includes the Dorchester, Claridge's and the Ritz.
Prestonfield, a five star luxury boutique hotel in Edinburgh, was the highest rated of any hotel in Scotland, beating other luxury Scottish hotels including Gleneagles, Turnberry, the Old Course and the Balmoral.
Prestonfield is the indulgent creation of Edinburgh hotelier and restaurateur, James Thomson, owner and creator of the Witchery by the Castle. At Prestonfield he's created a quirky, luxurious five star boutique hotel that combines glamour with exceptional service. Prestonfield offers exceptionally affordable five star hotel rates, with Edinburgh's most luxurious rooms hotel rooms at just £295 per room inclusive of a welcome bottle of Champagne and a full breakfast menu in Prestonfield's restaurant, Rhubarb.
Prestonfield in Edinburgh was also the only Scottish hotel ranked in TripAdvisor's list the top 25 luxury hotels in Europe.
EDINBURGH HOTEL'S BEST WEDDING OFFER
Brides booking their 2012 wedding at the glamorous Stables at Prestonfield for selected dates in 2012 during the Scottish Wedding Fair (February 18-19 at the SECC) will recieve a voucher for £1000 off to spend on what they like at Prestonfield. Champagne, canapes or even the perfect honeymoon.
There are just a few 2012 dates left but confirm by 29 February and you'll also enjoy a complimentary luxury room with Champagne & breakfast for the Bride on the night before the wedding too.
Billecart-Salmon Champagne Valentine's Offer - "Say it with bubbles..."
Dine at Rhubarb during February and if you order a bottle of Billecart-Salmon's delicious Brut Rose Champagne and we'll send you home with a dinky half bottle of the same to make breakfast the morning after extra special! As well as a half bottle, priced £45, in its own Valentine bag, you can enter into a luxury draw with prizes from Quatar Airways, Six Senses Thailand, La Cornue, Loewe and Baccarat
Available whilst stocks last 11 - 18 February
Prestonfield launches a Spring Ball
Prestonfield's Spring Ball in March 2012 will support the work of Crohn's and Colitis UK.
Join us for an evening of springtime fun in the incomparable setting of Prestonfield. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, a delicious three-course dinner packed with seasonal ingredients and a half bottle of wine all included within the price of £70 per guest.
Radio DJ Boogie will be our host and DJ and the evening will contain some surprise entertainment too!
7pm Saturday 24 March 2012 Dress: Black Tie
Enquiries and tickets 0131 662 2305 or email@example.com
Join us for a fantastic Burns Supper at Prestonfield in aid of Scottish charity, Prostate Scotland.
7pm Friday 27 January 2012
Enjoy sparkling wit, wine and whisky with a delicious three-course dinner and exceptional entertainment in the spectacular setting of Prestonfield's circular stables. Probably the best Burns Supper in Edinburgh.
Welcomed by the rousing strains of Prestonfield's Pipe Major, you'll enjoy a complimentary cocktail followed by a delicious four-course dinner that includes the very best of Scotland's larder, including traditional haggis, Angus beef and includes a half bottle of wine per person.
Priced just £60 including vat, this is an exceptional evening of entertainment and is an affordable opportunity to entertain clients, colleagues or friends.
After dinner you'll be able to enjoy the humour and wit of Greg McHugh, better known as Gary Tank Commander and the critically-acclaimed Jo Cauldfield.
Well-known broadcaster Grant Stott will be our host and Len Murray, widely recagrded as one of the finest speakers on Burns, will offer an entertaining and informative insight into the life, times and work of the Bard in his Immortal Memory.
To book call 0131-662 2305.
The Prince's Trust celebrates success at Prestonfield.
The Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards honour the achievements of disadvantaged young people supported by The Trust who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.
Held at Prestonfield, this year's awards recognised an inspiring collection of young people who had overcome barriers, developed new skills and improved their prospect with the help and support of The Prince's Trust in Scotland.
To make the evening complete food for the evening was created by Prestonfield's team of chefs who include some who joined us through The Trust's own "Get into Cooking" initiative
Festive dining starts the Christmas season at Prestonfield
From 1 December Prestonfield launches its Christmas menus with a three course festive lunch at £35 and three course dinner at £42. Festive menus are also available for guests who wish to dine in Prestonfield's unique colection of private dining rooms. The private rooms make Prestonfield the best venue for Christmas events in Edinburgh.
Prestonfield in December will be decked to the hilt with abundant decorations, blazing log fires and candles flickering throughout our sumptously-inviting rooms. Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a festive Champagne afternoon tea for £28
Cool Yule at Prestonfield - gets hot!
Tickets for Prestonfield's glamorous Cool Yule cabaret and dinner are selling fast and some dates are almost full. This is one of the best Christmas party nights in Edinburgh and offers a great Christmas package. See Prestonfield in its Christmas finest.
With a welcome cocktail, three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee and mince pies as well as a great cabaret show and dancing this is exceptional festive entertainment from just £50
Dates still availble include;
Thursday 8 December £50 per person
Thursday 15 December £50 per person and
Friday 9 December £60 per person
Friday 16 December - very limited availability
Enquiries and reservations to 0131 662 2323
Christmas Fair comes to Prestonfield
Wednesday 23 November 2011 sees St Columba's Christmas Fair come to Prestonfield.
Tickets are priced only £5 and give access to a wonderful selection of bespoke and unique gifts with over 40 individual suppliers and producers having stalls.
As well as the opportunity for wonderful speciality Christmas shopping in Edinburgh, guests can enjoy Prestonfield's Champagne Bar or book for Afternoon tea priced at £17 or a two course lunch at £16.95
Best of all, all that Christmas shopping does good too and helps raise much-needed funds for St Columba's Hospice
Prestonfield wins the AA's Wine Award for Scotland
At the recent AA Restaurant Awards, Prestonfield's highly-acclaimed wine list was named the best in Scotland. Prestonfield's list has won numerous awards already including the inernational Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Prestonfield has a renowned cellar with a selection of over 500 wines, each selected and cared for by our award-winnning Sommelier John Power. Some of the wines are unique to Prestonfield, having been bought by owner James Thomson at the annual Hospice de Beaune Auctions over the past decade.
Alongside an array of the great wine names and grand marques there is a great selection of approachable wines by the glass.
Prestonfield's latest wine award has previously been won by both of James Thomson's other restaurants, the Witchery by the Castle and the rooftop Tower Restaurant.
Prestonfield raises almost £200,000 for The Prince's Trust in Scotland at Lunch with an Old Bag!
450 ladies lunched in style and opened their cheque books at the third Lunch with an Old Bag event at Prestonfield, hosted by James Thomson.
Not only did the event beat last year's five-figure donation, but staff from Prestonfield and the Witchery who had started their successful
careers with help from The Prince's Trust presented a cheque for an additional £50,000 raised from James Thomson's establishments - the Witchery by the Castle, the rooftop Tower, Rhubarb and Prestonfield.
Acclaimed musical start Russell Watson provided the entertainment and Prestonfield an exceptional lunch and cocktails on the lawns. Star auction lots were a bespoke trip to Burgundy, a private dinner at Prestonfield created by chefs who started with The Prince's Trust and Afternoon Tea at the Ritz with a certain Biggins!
Prestonfield's favourite winemakers named Best White Winemaker of the Year in the International Wine Challenge.
The Burgundian House of Albert Bichot, who store and cellar much of the wine bought by Prestonfield at the annual Hospice de Beaune auctions, have won another major wine award. the International Wine Challenge is probably the world's largest wine competition and Alain Serveau of Maison Albert Bichot has been named White Winemaker of the Yeat 2011.
A number of wines from Bichot are on the acclaimed winelists at Prestonfield and James Thomson's other Edinburgh restaurants, the rooftop Tower restaurant and the historic Witchery by the Castle.
A trip for winelovers to have an exclusibe behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most exclusive properties in Burgundy was recently the star auction lot held at the Lunch with an Old Bag at Prestonfield. The trip, hosted by the Bichots, raised a substantial five-figure sum for The Prince's Trust.
More information at www.internationalwinechallenge.com and www.albert-bichot.com
Russell Watson heads to Prestonfield to see a crowd of "Old Bags"
On 2 September, Russell Watson will perform for an invitation-only audience at the third annual Lunch with an Old Bag in aid of The Prince's Trust.
Created and hosted by Prestonfield'd owner, James Thomson, Lunch with an Old Bag has so far raised almost £250,000 to support the vital work that The Prince's Trust do in Scotland. With auction lots including many of the season's hottest handbags, as well as money-can-buy treats such as a winelover's trip to Burgundy, that total looks set to increase!
More infomation at www.lunchwithanoldbag.com
Cool Yule Christmas cabaret and dinner resturns to Prestonfield
Celebrate the festive season in style with a fantastic combination of cabaret, dinner and lavish show with Craig McMurdo, his dance orchestra and sequin-clad chorus line.
Christmas dates now available include;
Thursday 8 & 15 December £50
Friday 9 & 16 December £65
This is an exceptional Christmas night out in one of edinburgh's best venues. Includes a welcome cocktail, 3-course dinner with coffee and mince pies, half a bottle of wine per person and fantastic Christmas entertainment.
Roast butternut squash soup with chestnut dumplings or
Chicken liver pate, honey-roast fig, mulled wine syrup
Traditional roast turkey, sage and onion and all the trimmings or
Cheddar and Arrran mustard-glazed pollack, bubble and squeak, caramelised leeks
Christmas pudding, clementine compote and brandy sauce or
White chocolate and redcurrant cheesecake
Coffee and individual mince pies
Reservations 0131 662 2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Afternoon Tea
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches and home baked cakes. Where better than in Prestonfield's charming gothic Tea House, on the terrace or in the secluded gardens surrounded by masses of old fashioned roses?
Traditional afternoon tea at Prestonfield is a wonderfully affordable treat, only £17 or £27 including a glass of delicious Billecart-Salmon Champagne.
Afternoon tea is also available as a gift voucher.
Tulipmania returns to Prestonfield....
In seventeenth-century Holland tulip bulbs often changed hands for often ruinous sums. At Prestonfield thousands of tulips are coming into bloom and you can enjoy them in the Easter sunshine with some great value experiences.
4,000 dark purple tulips down the drive to Prestonfield are not to be missed, so why not enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace, in the gothic tea house or in the gardens. A steal at just £17 and probably the best afternoon tea in Edinburgh.
For Easter lunch in Edinburgh Rhubarb makes the most impressive setting and alongside the 2 course Sunday lunch at £16.95 there is also a great 3-course dinner menu at just £30
Rhubarb named as diner's favourite in Toptable Awards.
Rhubarb has again featured high in the much-coveted diner awards from Toptable, listed among the UK's top 100 restaurants as a diner's favourite.
One of just a handful of Scottish restaurants to be listed in the awards, at number 28, Rhubarb was ahead of famous restaurants including London's Ritz, Galvin at Windows and Marcus Wareing at the Berkley.
Diners are particularly fond of Rhubarbs great menu offer of three course at lunch or dinner for just £30, offering exceptional gourmet dining with the best seasonal ingredients.
James Thomson's restaurants support The Prince's Trust in Scotland.
Over recent months guests at Rhubarb, the Witchery by the Castle and the Tower have helped us raise much-needed funds by adding just £1 to their bill. This month James Thomson was able to give The Prince's Trust over £17,000 that will help The Prince's Trust change more young lives in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland.
Each year they work with over 4,000 young people and helped 82% of them into education, employment or training. Some of the people working with us today came to us via The Prince's Trust and we hope it helps them build the life they choose rather than the one they've ended up with.
Thank you to all who've added just £1 to their bill when dining or staying with us - you've helped make a real difference to the lives of young people.
Thomson makes it to the top!!
All of the months of hardship, denial and training have been worthwhile as James Thomson has made it to the top of Kilimanjaro in a climb to raise funds for the Scottish Hospitality Industry trust.
More used to the luxuries of life, including his five star Prestonfield, rooftop Tower Restaurant and the famed Witchery by the Castle, James has spent much of January in spartan conditions climbing Kilmanjaro. Who ever thought that vintage Louis Vuitton trunks would be swapped (albeit temporarily) for a rucksack? Well done James!
So far over £50,000 has been raised to help people fulfil their potential and create meaningful careers for themselves in the hospitality industry. If you'd like to help them, donations can still be made online and would help support an extremely-worthwhile cause. Donations can be made online at
What do an evening with Kylie Minogue, a round of golf with Paul Lawrie and a Rugby duo have in common?
All are auction lots at Prestonfield's Burns Supper 2011 in support of Prostate Scotland. Just a very few tickets are still available from Prestonfield on 0131 662 2305
Lots available this year include;
A concert with Kylie Minogue in Glasgow
A round of golf for three with Open Champion Paul Lawrie
A weekend at the Roxburghe Hotel in the magical Scottish Borders
Tickets to a duo of Rugby games including Scotland Vs Wales at Murrayfield.
Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup flag
A sumptous private dinner for 10 at Prestonfield with a decade of delicious wines from Burgundy
chosen by James Thomson from his private collection
Destination dining at an exceptionally affordable price.
January and February can seem dark and bleak, so our exceptional dining offer returns offering destination dining that is great value and a wonderful excuse to get out and sample some of Edinburgh's best dining experiences.
From January 1 2011 enjoy three delicious course at either lunch or dinner for just £30 per person at your choice of great Edinburgh restaurants; the Witchery by the Castle, the rooftop Tower Restaurant and Rhubarb - the restaurant at Prestonfield.
Menus in each of the restaurants feature some of Scotland's very best seasonal winter produce in incomparable surroundings. You can book online at www.edinburghsbestrestaurants.com or;
Rhubarb 0131 225 1333
The Tower 0131 225 3003
The Witchery by the Castle 0131 225 5613
Prestonfield's Burns Supper 2011 - last few tickets available.
There are just a very few tickets left for Prestonfield's renowned Burns Supper on Thursday 27 January 2011. Not only a great evening in the most congenial company, this is a wonderful way to support the work of one of our main charities, Prostate Scotland.
With a welcome cocktail, three delicious courses, half a bottle of wine,haggis and a complimentary dram of the Balvenie DoubleWood included, the dinner is exceptional value at just £50 per person.
It is an exceptionally-affordable way to entertain clients or colleagues in great style too.
The menu features Thirlestane Estate game terrine, Aberdeen Angus and marmalade pudding with Glenfiddich as well as the customary haggis.
Sparkling wit, entertainment and haunting song will come from from an accomplished cast including Alison Walker, Fiona McDougal and Willie Hunter, with the acclaimed Burnsian, Len Murray delivering the Immortal Memory. Grant Stott will be our Chairman for the evening with some surprises of his own and Prestonfield's piper will be on hand too.
To book tickets, priced £50 call 0131 662 2305
Prestonfield's owner swaps five star luxury in Edinburgh for a mountainside tent on Kilimanjaro.
those of you who know Prestonfield's owner, James Thomson, will know that he has an appreciation for some of the finer things in life. so, unlikely though it sounds, he's to spend early January in a tent!
James, together with other hardy souls from the Scottish Hospitality Industry, including Gleneagles' Chef Andrew Fairlie, are climbing Kilimanjaro. Their aim ids to hold the world's highest ever Burns Supper - literally taking Scottish Hospitality to new heights!
All of the hardship is in aid of a favourite cause of James' the Hospitality Industry Trust. This is the body that helps so many to achieve their full potential within the Scottish Hospitality Industry and does much to enhance its skill base too. Its bursaries often provide vital help.
Helping people to succeed in hospitality something believes in passionately. If you would like to help him and the team to do that too you can easily make a donation online
Winter snow arrives in Edinburgh.
Despite the unusually large amounts of snow that have turned much of Scotland into a white Winter Wonderland, all events at Prestonfield during December are going ahead as normal. This includes Barnardo's Snowtime Ball and Prestonfield's Cool Yule Cabaret Dinner-Shows throughout December.
You will, of course, find Prestonfield the perfect winter hideaway with the cosiest of hotel bedrooms and welcoming public rooms with roaring log fires to relax by too.
If you are visiting us and need some help with your travel arrangements, our concierges will be delighted help.
1 December 2010
Festive menu launched at Prestonfield.
The start of December sees the start of Prestonfield's exceptional seasonal festive menus that will showcase great Scottish produce throughout the month.
Roast pheasant, home-smoked salmon, goose with gingerbread stuffing, candied chestnuts and Howgate brie washed with Balvenie malt whisky are just some of the tastes featuring on our festive menus this month.
Festive 3-course lunch available daily 1 - 30 December £32.50
Festive 3-course dinner available daily 1 - 30 December £39.50
For groups and larger parties Prestonfield's ravishing private dining rooms are the perfect location seating 10 - 50 or 100 guests in style.
Reservations 0131 225 7800
Extra date announced for Prestonfield's sell out Cool Yule Festive Cabaret Dinner Show
With some dates SOLD-OUT, an extra date has been released for Prestonfield's spectacular festive dinner cabaret show, Cool Yule. Cool Yule is also available as a lunch & show on Friday 17 December.
Dates now available include the 10, 16 & 17 December and are selling fast....some have very limited availability
Celebrate the festive season in style with a fantastic evening of cabaret, three-course dinner and an exceptionally lavish floorshow with Craig McMurdo, dance band orchestra and chorus line.
Combine the magical setting of Prestonfield's glittering ballroom, entertainer Craig McMurdo, a sequin-clad chorus line, lively dance band and seasonal classics from Bing Crosby to Nat King Cole and you have a festive night like no other!
You'll be welcomed by a complimentary festive cocktail before an exquisite three-course dinner with breathtaking cabaaret spots between each course. End the evening on the dance floor with a spectacular dance set from McMurdo's dance band.
Tickets just £65 including show, dinner, welcome cocktail & half bottle of wine per person.
To book 0131-662 2323
Lulu & Lunch with an Old Bag raise over £130,000 for the Prince's Trust in Scotland.
Lulu provided exceptional entertainment after over 350 "Old Bags" enjoyed an Bellini's on the lawn and a delicious lunch as guests of James Thomson. Furious bidding for a collection of must-have auction lots lead to over £130,000 being raised for the Prince's Trust in Scotland.
The invitation-only event is hosted by Prestonfield owner James Thomson, a Patron of the Prince's Trust in Scotland. Some of his staff cooking on the day have come to Prestonfield via Prince's Trust schemes that have given young people the confidence, skills and support to turn around their lives.
The exceptional result exceeds the £80,000 raised at last year's inaugural event.
Autumn Dining Offer - 3 Courses for £30
A seasonal 3 course menu for £30 is available at lunch and dinner 7 days at Rhubarb, Prestonfield's restaurant making indulgence exceptionally affordable.
3 course for £30 menus are also available at James Thomson's other restaurants, the Witchery by the Castle and the rooftop Tower Restaurants. Each restaurant's a la carte menu is also available.
Just £1 can make a difference to young lives...
Prestonfield has joined with the Prince's Trust in Scotland to raise funds to support the Prince's Trust in the work they do in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland.
Giving practical support to over 4,000 young people a year in Scotland they help them to develop the confidence and skills to move into work, education and training.
By adding an optional £1 to a guests's bill when they stay at Prestonfield, or dine in one of his restaurants, James Thomson hopes that a small gesture by ur guests could have a big impact and raise substantial funds for the Prince's Trust.
Summer is here and Prestonfield is in full bloom
Escape and enjoy prestonfield's tranquility in the heart of the city. Afternoon tea at Prestonfield - in the gothic Tea House, on the terrace or in the rose-filled gardens is the perfect summer treat. You can add a game of croquet, play a round on our putting green or just savour the hundreds of David Austen old fashioned roses now at their peak
Tourism's poster-boy returned!
VisitScotland's cut out of Prestonfield's kilted Derek has been returned!!
VisitScotland offered a £100 donation to charity for the return of a cut out of Derek West that was "kidnaped" by two lady guests at Prestonfield following the launch of their 2010 marketing campaign.
The cut-out of Derek was returned unharmed last week and so a £100 donation is on its way to Scottish Charity www.500miles.co.uk and Prestonfield's owner, James Thomson, has sent a donation too.
500 Miles was founded by inspirational Scot Olivia Giles to help support amputees and disabled childen in Malawi and Zambia - just £100 means someone who might die because of lack of limbs can be given a prosthesis. A life changeing - often life-saving - process.
The charity was inspired by the Proclaimer's lyric "I would walk 500 miles..." it is one of Prestonfield's house charities and a recent staff raffle raised a four-figure sum for the charity.
Prestonfield's owner, James Thomson said "It would be hard to find a more worthwhile charity, it is small and local and makes an immeasurable difference to the lives of people far away in Malawi. Even modest donations can have a meaningful and impressive effect."
James Thomson Speaks at the Scottish Tourism Forum's Scottish Tourism Week.
Prestonfield's owner, James Thomson is speaking today at the STF's Tourism Week alongside VisitScotland Chief Executive Philip Riddle and Scotland's Tourism Minister, Jim Mather MSP.
James will be sharing his insights on customer care and the importance or memorable experiences with other tourism delegates, based on his experience over the thirty years since he established the Witchery by the Castle.
4 March 2010
Mother's Day Madness at Prestonfield.
With two weeks to go, tables for Prestonfield's renowned afternoon tea are being booked-up fast by those looking to give their mother an indulgent Mother's Day treat.
Prestonfield's traditional afternoon tea includes wonderful home-baked cakes, delicious sandwhiches and the traditional scones too. Served daily from 2-6pm in each of Prestonfield's sumptous public rooms it is an affordable treat at just £16.95, or £25.95 when served with a glass of Champagne.
Other options for Mother's Day include Rhubarb's 3 course for £30 Celebration Menu that is available at lunch or dinner.
If you can't manage to secure a coveted reservation - or can't make it on Mother's Day, you can still impress with a Prestonfield Gift Voucher for afternoon tea, lunch or the monetary value of your choice. Gift vouchers can be bought online from this site.
Kidnapped - reward offered!
A life-size cut out of Prestonfield's Derek West was stolen following the VisitScotland launch event at Prestonfield.
Two lady guests seem to have taken a fancy to hotel-hunk Derek's life-size cut out, so the bundled it into a taxi outside of the hotel and made their getaway.
Derek's cut out was one of fourteen real Scot's who were due to tour Europe giving potential visitors to Scotland an insider's guide to their country. VisitScotland have offered a reward for Derek's safe return saying "We are offering a £100 donation to charity for the reurn of our cut-out Derek.
"He is a highly-regarded member of staff at Prestonfield and a fantastic ambassador for Scottish tourism. His cut out is going to be travelling much further afaield as part of a number of events we will be holding across Europe - so we would like him back please."
James Thomson, Prestonfield's owner said "These are not the first guests to want to take Derek home with them, so we hope to see him returned soon. We are lucky to still have the real Derek and the rest of the team to welcome guests to Prestonfield."
If you spot Derek's kilted cut out please let us know
Prestonfield Manager is new poster boy for VisitScotland campaign
The charismatic smile of one of Prestonfield's managers, Derek West, has led to him becoming the a key part of VisitScotland's latest campaign to draw visitors to Scotland. Dressed in Prestonfield's trademark black kilt, Derek has been welcomeing guests to James Thomson's Prestonfield since 2003.
Derek is one of fourteen Scots from all walks of life who have been selected to promote their country around Europe. Other Scots with a passion for their country who are involved in the campaign include the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a piper, highland games athlete, whisky expert and TV cook Lady Claire Macdonald.
Launching the event at Prestonfield, Tourism Minister Jim Mather said "Tourism growth is critical to Scotland's economy and future so I'm delighted to see the very best of our country is to be showcased on the European stage".
Further details at http://news.stv.tv/scotland/east-central/159598-real-scots-to-front-tourism-drive/
Prestonfield launches 3 courses for £30 Dining Offer
To share in the celebrations of our sister restaurant, the Witchery by the Castle's 30th Anniversary we are offering a special 3 courses for £30 menu at Rhubarb too.
3 course for £30 is available at lunch and dinner 7 days at Rhubarb, the Witchery by the Castle and the rooftop Tower Restaurants. Each restaurant's a la carte menu is also available.
Hedgehog Checks in to Prestonfield
Hotel guests were recently surprised to find that they had been joined by four unusual guests when a hedgehog gave birth to three hoglets in the hotel's reception.
Prestonfield's kilted porters called for assistance from the Scottish SPCA, Scotland's animal welfare charity, who have cared for the animals for the last seven weeks. With minimal intervention the family have all done well and will be released into the wild shortly.
The SSPCA said "She was obviously very confused and knowing she was about to give birth, decided to find the nearest warm and sheltered place, which just happened to be a very plush hotel...they are now all seven weeks old and ready to be released into the wild."
James Thomson, Prestonfield's owner said " We were just delighted and surprised. The welfare of all of our guests is of the utmost importance to us, so we are delighted that both mother and hoglets are healthy ready to be released into the wild. We are just glad they checked in for a little luxury on the way".
Prestonfield awarded tourist board's highest possible hotel accolade.
Prestonfield has been awarded VisitScotland, Scotland's Tourist Board's, highest possible accolade with the arrival of a five gold star rating for Prestonfield for 2009-10. Prestonfield is one of just five hotels in Scotland to achieve this supreme accolade.
A gold star award recognises businesses that consistently achieve the highest levels of excellence within their VisitScotland star grading. VisitScotland noted that "Businesses achieving the award will excell in the areas of customer care and hospitality and show evidence of a real commitment to staff development and training."
Prestonfield now adds it five gold stars to the five red ones it currently holds, the AA's highest hotel grading.
300 "Old Bags" bring extra glamour to Prestonfield.
Generous guests at the Prince's Trust Scotland Lunch with an Old Bag raised over £78,000 recently.
Co-sponsored by Prestonfield's James Thomson and Ralph Lauren, the inaugural Old Bag's Lunch aimed to tackle the negative stereotypes associated with age such as that young people should be dismissed as losers or junkies or that women are "past it" by 40.
Amongst the coveted lots was the exclusive Chanel 2.55 bag and a Joseph Bonnar white gold, diamond and pearl necklace that raised over £20,000, whilst the Eiffel Tower bag, featured in Sex & the City raised £800.
Guests included Clare Grogan, Helen Lederer and Carol Smillie, whilst Dame Joan Bakewell was the entertaining, glamorous and wickedly-controversial speaker.
Other top names supporting the event by donating bags included Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Ewan McGregor, Joanna Lumley, Sienna Millar, Shirley Manson, Philyda Law, Emma Thomson and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.
Speaking after the event, Prince's Trust Scotland Director Geraldine Gammell commented "The event has been a huge success and we want to thank all of our guests, supporters and volunteers for their generosity in raising this sum. We wanted raise awareness of how society labels young people and older women alike and illustrate just how limiting, and at times damaging, this pigeon-holing can be."
Enjoy three delicious courses from aspecial celebration menu for just £30. the offer is available throughout the week at both lunch and dinner and is a wonderful way to enjoy to enjoy great cuisine in exceptional surroundings at an affordable price.
Hogmanay Ball Sold-Out!!!
Prestonfield's renowned gala Hogmanay Ball is always a seasonal sell out and this year tickets went in record time.
All of James Thomson's restaurants, Rhubarb at Prestonfield, the rooftop Tower Restaurant and the Witchery by the Castle will be open on Hogmanay and for lunch and dinner on New Years Day, but reservations for these coveted tables are going fast too.
Early reservations on 0131 225 1333 are recomended or online at www.prestonfield.com
Dates sell out for Cool Yule at Prestonfield
With some dates already SOLD-OUT, extra dates have been released for Prestonfield's spectacular festive dinner cabaret show, Cool Yule.
Dates now made available include the 11, 12 & 17 December and are selling fast....
Celebrate the festive season in style with a fantastic evening of cabaret, three-course dinner and an exceptionally lavish floorshow with Craig McMurdo, dince dance band orchestra and chorus line.
Combine the magical setting of Prestonfield's glittering ballroom, entertainer Craig McMurdo, a sequi-clad chorus line, lively dance band and seasonal classics from Bing Chrosby to Nat King Cole and you have a festive night like no other!
You'll be welcomed by a complimentary festive cocktail before an exquisite three-course dinner with breathtaking cabaaret spots between each course. End the ening on the dance floor with a spectacular dance set from McMurdo's 11-piece dance band.
Tickets just £50 including show, dinner, welcome coctail & half bottle of wine per person.
To book 0131-662 2323
Scotland the Best launches 10th edition at Prestonfield.
Author Peter Irvine launched the 10th-edition of his best selling guide to all that is the fantastic in Scotland, at Prestonfield this month.
Scotland the Best is Scotland's best-selling travel guide and was much-praise by Scotland's Minister for Culture, Mike Russell at the launch. He praised the guide's unashamed celebration of success and excellence in all things Scottish in the quirky, personal and meticulously-researched guide book.
Alongside Gleneagles, Prestonfield was the only hotel in Scotland to recieve the guide's highest accolade of three ticks!
Prestonfield wins exceptional Gold Award from Green Tourism Business Scheme
At Prestonfield we recognise that our activity can have an effect on the local and wider environment. We hope that by increasing our understanding of these effects, we can work together with our guests, staff and suppliers to minimise any impacts.
Prestonfield is proud to have just been awared a rare and prestigious Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The GTBS is the largest such scheme in the world and the gold award its highest accolade marking us out as one of the most environmentally-responsible hotels in Scotland.
Sparkling line up announced for Prestonfield's annual Burns Supper.
A host of well known names have been lined-up for Prestonfield's annual Burns Supper which is due to take place on 21 January 2009. Journalist and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kholi will give his very own unique twist to a the toast to the lassies and "Gregory's Girl" star Clare Grogan will reply.
World renowned Burn's expert, Professor David Purdie will give an illuminating Immortal Memory to the Bard; his depth of knowledge and passion for Burns is always thrilling and has seen him attend Burns Suppers from Mauchline to Moscow.
Aileen Carr, one of the foremost interpreters of Scottish Traditional song - and those of Burns in particular - will head the musical highlights and Prestonfield's very own pipe major will be in attendance too! All will be introduced by the evening's irrepressable host, well-known television presenter, broadcaster and journalist, Grant Stott.
The evening will support one of Prestonfield's house charities, Prostate Scotland and it is hoped that last year's five-figure fundraising total will be beaten!
Tickets, priced £60, include a welcome cocktail, a four-course dinner with Scotch beef and haggis featuring on the menu and half a bottle of wine per person.Early bookers can take advantage of a £10 saving with tickets only £50 is booked before 15 December 2009.
To book 0131-662 2305
Inspector's Choice: Prestonfield gains the AA's Highest Award for Fifth Successive Year.
For the fifth year in succession, Prestonfield has again been named as one of the AA's rare "Inspector's Choice" hotels and awarded the most coveted badge in the hotel industry - five red stars.
The award for 2010 is the latest accolade, Prestonfield has been awarded this accolade every year since 2006 and is one of just a handful of hotels in Scotland including Gleneagles to be judges to reach this standard. The award signifies a property at the very top of their star rating that the AA judge as "hotels that stand out as the very best in the UK".
Prestonfield adds these red stars to the five gold ones it recently recieved from VisitScotland as their highest accolade.
Prickly guests check into Prestonfield
Rhubarb Wins Rare Fine Wine Award.
Rhubarb's acclaimed wine list has been internationally recognised with a rare Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence by the internationally-respected Wine Spectator. Rhubarb is just one of two restaurant cellars in Scotland to be given this accolade and is one of just 816 around the world.
Wine Spectator note that it is given to "restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Reward of Excellence. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation and either vintage depth, with several vertical offereings of top wines, or excellent breadth accross several wine regions."
The list is put together, and lovingly managed, by Prestonfield's tweed-suited Head Sommelier, John Power, and Prestonfield's owner and renowned oenophile, James Thomson.
Wine Spectator noted that Burgundy was a particular strength of the list, no great surprise when Thomson, a Chevalier of the Tasse de Vin, is a regular attendee at the famed Hospice de Beaune wine auctions each year where he is known as a ferocious bidder for the best casks on offer. Unique wines from his bids from the past decade are now available to guests at Rhubarb & Prestonfield and feature on his wine list.
And the only other restaurant in Scotland to gain the same award? James Thomson's historic Witchery by the Castle.
Prestonfield short-listed for prestigious environmental award.
Prestonfield has made the short list for the Vision in Business for the Environment Scotland Awards 2009.
Set to be independently judged against rigorous criteria, Prestonfield has been selected as a candidate for this prestigious award for it's ongoing committment to sustainability.
Maintaining a historic A-listed building is fairly sustainable aim in itself, but already this year Prestonfield has diverted hundreds of tonnes of waste from landfill, including 48 tonnes of food and organic waste, whilst almost 1000 native trees have been planted and energy consuption reduced.
Prestonfield is also due to be assessed shortly for the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
James Thomson named Restaurateur of the Year.
At this year's UK tourism oscars, the Catey Awards, Prestonfield's owner James Thomson was named Restaurateur of the Year. James joins a glittering list as former winners include Sir Terence Conran, Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumental, the Roux Brothers and creators of the Caprice, Ivy and the Wolsey - Christopher Corbin & Jeremy King.
This award is particularally coveted by restaurateurs as it is rigorously judged by a panel of experts in the industry. Judges this year included Richard Shepherd of Langans, Paul Heathcote, Pascall Aussignac of Club Gascon, Alan Yau and Anthony Demetre of Arbutus. High profile runners up were Chris & Jeff Galvin and Claude and Claire Bosi of Hibiscus.
Judges noted that "Thomson's high standards, business acumen and dedication have seen him rise above many of his competitors. Thomson is a restaurateur who has been running a successful business for 30 years and truly deserves the Catey. He ticks all the boxes."
James' latest award couldn't be better timed as he is currently celebrating the 30th Anniversary of his first restaurant creation, the Witchery by the Castle!
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