Wedgwood is one of those restaurants that can go under the radar in Edinburgh as it lacks a michelin star, but like The Stockbridge Restaurant it’s a hidden gem that’s not to be missed.
We love a tasting menu and the lack of one on the the Wedgwood website had put us off a bit, however we’d heard great things about Paul’s cooking and decided to go for my birthday anyway.
It was a pleasant surprise when we opened the menu to discover a seven course ‘Wee Taste of Scotland’ menu for just £50pp. The waitress was absolutely fine about us switching the lamb’s tongue for the pigeon dish which my husband was so desperate to try.
Wedgwood is located on the Royal Mile, perfect if you’re visiting Edinburgh and staying in a central location or doing some sightseeing.
Isle of mull cheddar and onion bread and butter pudding with confit tomato, fennel ice cream and soused fennel. It sounds strange but it was one of my favourite courses, the contrasting temperatures and fennel with the cheese worked perfectly.
Sound of mull diver caught scallop with cauliflower korma, pineapple, capers, pistachio and peanut dust. The scallop was well caramelised which is how I prefer it, and something mildly spiced set the sweetness off perfectly.
At this point in the meal the husband and I looked at each and acknowledged that we’d made an excellent choice in Wedgwood. The food is as good as anywhere we’ve eaten in Scotland, and very affordable.
And so we continued…
Rare wild pigeon, haggis, neeps and tatties. A fine dining twist on that traditional Scottish dish. This was my first time tasting pigeon properly (I have stolen some from another person’s plate, which I have a tendency to do). It was delicious (note to self: stop choosing pork all the time and choose the pigeon!). I’ve never been a fan of haggis, prior to this only Andrew Fairlie has managed to convince me, but here I was eating another haggis bon bon and actually rather enjoying it.
Pictured above: venison with pureed squash, venison haggis bon bon, sour elderberry and juniper jus. Every dish on this menu was faultless, and the venison was no exception. If you want to ‘taste Scotland’ this is absolutely the menu for you.
The ‘Wee taste of Scotland’ features two desserts, because, why would you stop at one? The first was this bramble cranachan with whisky ice cream and honey and oats. I really enjoyed this dessert, lots of little tasty bits with a salty wafer to offset the sweetness.
Finally, very sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. A little sweet for me, although not a criticism as for many this will round off their meal perfectly.
Oh no wait, there’s more. Coffee with bramble jelly and hazelnut fudge petit fours.
I don’t know why Paul doesn’t have a michelin star, and quite frankly I don’t care, because while he’s serving up food this good at that price I shall be happy to dine there again and again.
If you are looking for somewhere with excellent food AND good value, I can’t recommend Wedgwood highly enough. Go, have the tasting menu, it will be £50 spent that you won’t regret.
Wedgwood The Restaurant
Location: Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Price: Seven course tasting menu £50pp
Bestinburgh: Best value fine dining tasting menu