Prestonfield House, 0131 225 1333

NEAR 30 minutes to Pleasance

Rhubarb is the latest and possibly most adventurous opening from James Thomson, owner of the Witchery and the Tower. Before he took over, Prestonfield House was showing its considerable age; Thomson has turned it into a riot of baroque colour and drapes which the theatrically minded will appreciate. A lavish hotel as well as a restaurant, it has been winning awards ever since it opened. A typical dish might be the slow braised pork belly and sautéed scallops, turnip purée and boulangère potatoes. The staff can pamper with the best of them and have served Vin Diesel, Michael Stipe and Dido since Rhubarb opened its doors.

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