On George Street in the heart of Edinburgh, The George Hotel houses The Printing Press restaurant. Offering up seasonal Scottish produce in some excellent fine dining dishes, The Printing Press dining room is stunning – the classic Georgian Townhouse has been refurbished beautifully to create a lovely place to sit and enjoy a meal.
We loved the look of the menu and were torn between a few dishes. In the end we went for Pea and Smoked Ham Soup with Creme Fraiche, which was lovely and smooth with a nice salty kick from the smoked ham giving a good contrast to the sweetness of the pea. We also had Burrata with Red Chicory, Peaches and Pomegranate. The burrata was creamy and the slight bitterness of the chicory worked well with the sweet peaches. I would have liked a bit more burrata, just because it was so tasty.
For mains, there was an equally extensive list of excellent sounding dishes. We had the Truffle-Honey Chicken with Onion Spelt. The chicken was really well cooked and still moist with a mushroom purée which gave a real earthy flavour to the dish.
We also had North Sea Cod with Heritage Carrots and Seaweed Potatoes (pictured at the top). This was a really excellent dish and one of the best I’ve eaten in recent memory. The cod was perfect, with thick meaty texture and well seasoned. The carrots and potatoes complemented it perfectly and a seafood sauce made the dish with it’s salty and creamy taste.
The dessert was a far easier choice for me. If there’s a crumble, I’m having it. Rhubarb and Star Anise Crumble with Tonka Bean Ice Cream ticked all the boxes. It was sweet, sharp and had an excellent crumble topping. The hot/cold contrast with the ice cream was also perfect.
The most interesting dessert was the Sea Buckthorn Tart with Creme Fraiche. Individually, all the elements on the plate were nice, but when you combined them all in a mouthful, that’s when the dish was elevated to far more than the sum of its parts. It was really delicious and a great way to end a fantastic meal in this stunning restaurant.
The Printing Press
Location: 21-25 George Street
Price: Starters £6, Main Courses £18, Desserts £6
Good for: Fine dining in a stunning setting that won’t break the bank.