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The Pompadour restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh closes after 95 years

27 January 2020 by
The Pompadour restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh closes after 95 years

The Pompadour restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - the Caledonian closed its doors for the last time on Sunday after 95 years in the city.

Between 2012 and 2019 the restaurant had traded as Pompadour by Galvin under the group headed by brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. The group cut ties with the five-AA-star hotel in Princes Street last year and the restaurant has since been run by chef Dan Ashmore.

A statement posted to the restaurant’s social media pages this weekend read: “After careful consideration, we confirm that we will close our doors for the last time this Sunday. We are proud of the achievements and memories over 95 years. Thank you to our customers and suppliers.”

The Galvin group had also run Galvin Brasserie de Luxe at the hotel, which was taken over by chef Mark Greenaway who opened Grazing by Mark Greenaway in the space.

The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh was sold to Abu Dhabi based Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of LuLu Group International, for £85m in 2018.

The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh was built in 1903 and underwent a £24m renovation before relaunching in 2012.

It was constructed by the Caledonian Railway Company within the tradition of grand railway hotels.

Former guests include Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Elizabeth Taylor and America's 44th President, Barack Obama.

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