The New Club Edinburgh, Member Review by Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall, a distant member living near Exeter, has visited the club each year for the past three years. The New Club is Scotland’s oldest club, founded in 1787. It is now located in a 1960’s block in the middle of Princes Street, above the shops. There is a wonderful view of the castle from the bar and lounge on the first floor. The dining room at the rear is an impressive panelled room designed by Lorimer. Large paintings of prominent Scottish members adorn the room where formal lunches and dinners are served. Sunday lunch is a favourite and needs to be booked. There is a less formal area where a buffet lunch is served. The food is excellent, good value with an extensive wine list. It is also open to non residents for breakfast and the location is handy for dropping in during shopping or sightseeing for coffee (Nespresso machine) or to look at the paper. A visit is almost justified by the view alone. The dress code is quite formal but I understand there is now a less formal area. I have not stayed there but understand there are suites, en suite double rooms and single rooms with shared bathrooms.
Very welcoming staff but they are quite strict about introduction letters. Check it out first on their website.