The Printing Press is a hotel restaurant – part of the newly named Principal Edinburgh (previously The George). One thing I think Principal Edinburgh (I haven’t stayed there yet, but I’m sure they do many other things well too) is the way they’ve made the The Printing Press, and their coffee shop Burr & Co (here’s a wee photo from Burr & Co) not feel like part of the hotel. Both establishments have their own entrance from George Street and their own unique look and feel.
The Printing Press is grand inside, the high ceilings and Georgian architecture make it feel special, and Sunday lunch is a British institution that deserves these kind of surroundings.
The Sunday lunch comprises of two courses; your roasted meat with all the trimmings, and a dessert to share – this is served Sundays 12 noon – 5pm – and is £19.95 for two courses, half price for children under 12 and under-fours dine free.
I was setting myself up for a day of gin tasting, so we decided to tag a couple of starters on too.
Our first choice was Smoked Haddock with Leeks and Bacon – this was packed full of flavour and the fish was cooked well. The cheesey topping offered an extra dimension to the dish. No complaints.
I had the Roasted Heritage Beetroots, Black Crowdie, Dukkah, and Rosemary and Honey Dressing. I always a appreciate a twist on a classic and this was a Scottish version of the beetroot and goats cheese combination which is almost standard at this type of restaurant. The crowdie worked perfectly in this role, and the portion was plentiful. The beetroot element would have benefited from some pieces being more roasted offering that caramelised quality, and a few beetroot crisps for texture would have really elevated it. Nevertheless, a very nice starter that I enjoyed eating.
Both of the Sunday lunch courses were served in the sharing format. From a choice of beef and pork, we chose beef. We were pre-warned it would be served pink (as it should be), but if you prefer yours well done, that option is available to you. Alongside the meat, which arrived perfectly cooked and rested, were carrots, brussel sprouts, parsnips, and broccoli, plus two large Yorkshire puddings and some deep flavoured gravy. My only minor criticism was the veg could have done with a couple of minutes more cooking. I like my veg al dente but they could have done with being a bit less firm.
Sunday lunch is an event, and the surroundings as previously mentioned certainly added to the occasion, I wonder if carving the meat at the table wouldn’t add that little bit of theatre that makes going out for lunch (and paying to do so) that bit more special.
Sunday lunch comes with a traditional dessert to share, it was Rhubarb Crumble and Custard when we visited. The fruit was the right balance of sharp and sweet, rhubarb isn’t my first choice, but I particularly enjoyed this – and there was plenty for the two of us.
Overall a good Sunday lunch in opulent surroundings. The service is always really reliable at The Printing Press.
The Printing Press
Location: George Street
Price: Mains Sunday lunch £19.95 for two courses
Good for: Traditional Sunday lunch with family