Over the last year that good old fashioned Sunday lunch has really come back into vogue with more restaurants in the city offering a classic roast with all the trimmings. If you are looking for a perfect Sunday lunch, with the most spectacular of picture postcard views then we highly recommend you head to The Shore Grill and Fish House at the new Double Tree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing,
Background & Concept
The restaurant is located in the DoubleTree by Hilton Queensferry Crossing which underwent a £15m refurbishment in 2017 and has seen the property completely transformed into something quite stunning.
Located in the headland above North Queensferry the first thing to say is WOW when you first walk into the restaurant, what a view thanks to floor to ceiling windows along the length of the restaurant providing an uninterrupted vista out to the Forth and the new Queensferry crossing, it really is quite breathtaking.
The restaurant interiors use a mix of textures and spaces which pull inspiration from the nearby countryside and Forth river, distinguishing features of the space include the stunning carved wooden ceiling that nods to The Shore’s maritime location and gleaming brass details that pay homage to the world-famous bridges on its door step.
Like Twenty Princes Street, the service is spot on, friendly, relaxed, professional and unstuffy.
The restaurant offers an all day A La Carte menu, which focuses on seasonal Scottish produce, similar in format to Twenty Princes Street. Steaks are cooked on a Josper Grill giving them a wonderful smokey charcoal taste, while locally sourced seafood and beautifully presented seasonal dishes showcase the highlights of the Scottish larder.
On Sunday the menu changes to their Sunday lunch menu, which is a condensed a la carte menu with two Sunday Mains options, a Roast Beef from Gilmours Butcher and Roast Shoulder of Ayrshire Pork.
The wine list doesn’t run into the hundreds it’s nice and simple to navigate with and for novices like me they have split the wines into groups – very dry, dry and juicy for the whites and juicy, spicy and oaked for the red. Bottles start at under £20, so very affordable, we went for the Tekena which is a delightful Sauvignon Blanc.
What We Ate
Onto the important stuff, what we ate!
The Goats Curd caught my eye on the menu, so I went for that. The dish is a mix of heritage beetroot, smoked squash, sour toasts and hazelnuts with broken up goats cheese. There wasn’t as much Goats cheese as I was expecting, but I loved the dish, and the beetroot was incredible!
We also went for the Citrus Cured Smoked Salmon, and it was sensational. Normally you get smoked salmon in thin slices, so to have it in a steak cut was divine. I could have had second portions and it being wrapped in sheet of nori really added to the flavours and textures, it was so good!
There was really only one option to go for! The Roast Beef, which comes with two generous cuts of beef, duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal veg (we had kale and turnip) and a big fat Yorkshire pudding on top! A classic dish perfectly cooked.
As if I hadn’t had enough to eat by that point, I went for the cheese (always a winning choice)
And we shared the most perfect brownie that had chunks of salted tablet through it and. The brownie had the perfect firmness, quite delicious, I was in a food coma by the end of it!
You know me by now, I love Twenty Princess Street and this new venue is a winner too. Went went at lunchtime, but the views must be fabulously romantic as the sunsets. Highly recommended so worth putting on your list of restaurants to visit!
Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing St Margaret’s Head North Queensferry KY11 1HP