First look at Edinburgh's ultimate luxury outdoor dining space set to open on Monday

A five-star hotel has unveiled a luxury outdoor dining experience as it prepares to reopen to visitors on Monday.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:45 pm

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Diners will be able to make the most of Prestonfield House Hotel’s 20 acres of private gardens and parkland, including a tea house in the garden for groups up to six people to enjoy lunch and afternoon tea, the first floor outdoor tapestry terrace with four tables of four, spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat, as well as the resident peacocks who join guests outside for lunch, drinks and afternoon tea.

Owned by James Thomson, Prestonfield will reopen from Monday in line with Scottish Government guidelines. James was born and bred in Edinburgh and has been a restaurateur and hotelier in the city for over 40 years.

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Prestonfield will reopen to diners in line with government restrictions being lifted on Monday

He’s also an active ambassador for Scottish tourism and his home city of Edinburgh as a world class visitor destination.

It is hoped both locals and visitors will be enticed by the warm hospitality, dining experiences and luxury escapism that Prestonfield has become so well known for.

Located just five minutes from Edinburgh city centre, Prestonfield is both family and dog-friendly.

The opulent outdoor dining space will feature a tapestry terrace with spectacular views

James Thomson, owner of Prestonfield, said: “It is both a huge pleasure and relief to announce the reopening of Prestonfield on April 26. We are confident we will be able to offer a safe experience for guests with all of the indulgence and relaxation you would normally expect from a stay with us.

“The support we’ve received so far has been overwhelming – we’ve had to bring back extra staff to cope with demand as bookings have skyrocketed.

“The entire team is so thrilled to be welcoming guests again soon. Everyone is ready to get back to doing what they do best; providing warm hospitality and excellent food and drink in the wonderful Scottish capital.”

Mr Thomson also owns The Witchery by the Castle on Edinburgh’s Castlehill, which is one of Scotland’s most atmospheric dining destinations. Now in its fifth decade, James Thomson bought The Witchery over 42 years ago and has transformed it into a much-loved Edinburgh institution, with extravagant suites, stunning décor and food and an award-winning wine list.

There will also be a tea house to enjoy located in the garden

Both Prestonfield and The Witchery will reopen for lunch and dinner, from 12pm until 8pm, as well as overnight stays from Monday April 26.

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