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Graduate in style: class of 2019
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Graduate in style: class of 2019

Graduate in style: class of 2019

Hats off to all the University students across Edinburgh heading towards graduation this year.

With six in total – University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, Royal College of Surgeons and Scotland’s Rural College - Edinburgh has the second highest number of universities in the UK (joint second with its neighbour, Glasgow, and second only to London) and is also regularly named as one of the top university cities.

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One student claimed “Edinburgh is the best city in the world. It’s not just the beautiful architecture and setting, the people also make it great. Friendly and always accepting, I will never forget my time in Edinburgh.” Source: Topuniversities.com

Call us biased but we couldn’t agree more.


Make memories that will last a lifetime


Years of hard work, late nights and deadlines culminate in a graduation ceremony where family and friends gather to celebrate your remarkable achievements.

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It’s the perfect opportunity – while your family and friends are gathered together in one city – to get together around one table; to enjoy some good food and pop open a well-deserved bottle or two of fine Champagne. 

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What’s more, prices start at £22 per person for a two-course graduation lunch, so it’s not as expensive as you may think. A truly unique and affordable indulgence. Thoroughly deserved too.

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Just a stone’s throw from Pollock Halls, Prestonfield has been the place to celebrate since 1687, so there’s not much we don’t know about throwing a good party. The Champagne is always on ice, the atmosphere is magical, the food is exceptional, and every guest is made to feel like royalty. Not to mention, you’ll be in excellent company; Benjamin Franklin celebrated in the dining rooms at Prestonfield when he received his honorary doctorate and in more recent years Rhubarb has hosted dinner parties for Bill Gates, Mick Jagger and Leonardo Di Caprio.

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Graduation is a once in a lifetime event, so we believe it should be celebrated accordingly. Such a unique occasion demands a venue and a menu to match.

With all the characteristics of a quirky country estate – complete with resident peacocks and home to a couple of Highland Coos - yet just moments from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh City Centre, iconic Prestonfield House - from the creator of The Witchery by the Castle - is the perfect setting for your graduation photos.

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Toast to the occasion with a glass of Champagne in our immaculate grounds against a backdrop of Arthur’s Seat before your five-star dining experience. With space for parties of 2 up to 50, there’s plenty of room for all of your favourite people. The more the merrier.

Prestonfield’s unmistakable style and atmosphere are not the only reasons to book as Rhubarb Restaurant is equally renowned for its daring and delicious food.


Affordable Indulgence at Rhubarb Restaurant


For a dining experience that will make your graduation day truly memorable, book a table for the whole family at Prestonfield’s decadent Rhubarb Restaurant.

What’s more your graduation celebration at Prestonfield in Edinburgh won’t break the bank. Tuck into a delicious two-course lunch from only £22 per person, or decadent three-course dinner from just £38 per person.

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Wickedly rich and dramatic, this stylish and oh-so glamorous restaurant occupies grand Regency rooms at the heart of Prestonfield. A gourmet retreat with a reputation as Edinburgh’s most memorable dining experience.

Discover our menus here and book your table online or by calling 0131 225 1333.


Not ready for the celebrations to end? Make a night of it.


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If you need somewhere to rest your during the graduation celebrations, Prestonfield’s 23 individual bedrooms and suite are just the ticket to top off a truly special occasion, especially if you’ve always yearned to stay at the iconic hotel. Reward yourself with an overnight stay you’ll never forget. 

Explore our rooms and book online today.