Our ethos

At 28 Queen Street, everything is pre-paired for your delight. With the world's widest selection of exclusive single cask whiskies available along with an extensive wine list, our delicious dishes are expertly paired with their perfect partners for a memorable sensory experience.

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The chef

James Freeman

There’s not a hint of cliché about James Freeman’s food. He chooses his ingredients thoughtfully, cooks them beautifully, and presents the dish in an unfussy, but hugely appealing way. Savour the delights of a deliciously playful ever-changing menu.

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James Freeman
James Freeman
Head Chef,
The Dining Room at The
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
28 Queen Street, Edinburgh

After embarking upon a short-lived career studying law at university, James realised that gastronomy was his true vocation. He spent a number of years exploring the culinary delights of France, Spain and Greece, before returning to the UK, where he took up various positions as a chef in both London and Glasgow.

A true believer in the concept of ‘slow food’, James became an independent caterer in 2000 at the age of 30. His contract at The Vaults, in Leith, followed soon after. Here, James developed his vision for fine dining and soon gained a reputation in Edinburgh’s culinary scene. He joined us at The Dining Room five years later.

James believes that the essential ingredient in fine food is the quality of the produce; his French-inspired dishes are crafted from quality meat and fish, free range eggs, and fresh, locally grown vegetables supplied by independent Scottish suppliers.

At The Dining Room, James plays with new flavours and ingredients to create exciting, innovative dishes.

The venue

The Dining Room at
28 Queen Street

28 Queen Street pairs contemporary design with traditional refinement. Set within The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, diners can enjoy our exquisite food and drinks in a charming Georgian setting, and our elegant yet modern private rooms can also be used for special events and business meetings.

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Location map

  • 55.95455 -3.1996 standard

    The Dining Room

    28 Queen Street
    EH2 1JX

  • 55.95555 -3.1910 bus

    Edinburgh Bus Station

“Set inside an elegant Georgian building in the heart of the city, The Dining Room continues to impress Edinburgh foodies and visiting gourmets.”