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SMWS wins award for new restaurant

Innovative dishes and use of local seasonal produce sees The Dining Room earn two AA rosettes.

The team at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Dining Room restaurant is celebrating after being awarded two AA rosettes.

The Dining Room restaurant, on the first floor of the Society’s 28 Queen Street venue in Edinburgh, was recognised for its culinary excellence and the work of head chef James Freeman and his team.

Freeman’s inventive menu combines traditional fine dining with seasonal local ingredients and beautiful yet unfussy presentation. His dishes include lobster cannelloni with fennel puree, orange and tarragon cream, and roast wood pigeon with elderberry, onion and red cabbage.

The restaurant was recently relaunched with a new stylish contemporary look and expanded capacity as part of a makeover of the Society’s Georgian townhouse at 28 Queen Street venue, which now includes Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar & Shop on the ground floor.

UK Operations Manager, Jan Willem-Damen, credited the achievement to the hard work of head chef, James Freeman, who has worked with the Society for over 15 years.

Jan said: “It’s fantastic to have been awarded two AA Rosettes.  In James, we have an extremely talented chef in the kitchen who creates innovative dishes using quality, local produce.  Together with manager Francois Guillemet, The Dining Room team is an incredible asset to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and are key to the success behind the restaurant.”

The Dining Room will feature in the 2018 edition of AA Restaurant Guide.

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