Dean Banks celebrates 120 years of culinary history at the Pompadour in Edinburgh’s city centre

A special 120th Anniversary Tasting Menu will be showcasing at Dean Banks at The Pompadour restaurant in Edinburgh to celebrate its culinary legacy, featuring reimagined classic dishes from vintage menus dating back over a century.

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Published: 27/06/2024

Dean Banks, the renowned Scottish chef and restaurateur, is honouring the rich culinary legacy of The Pompadour restaurant with a special 120th Anniversary Tasting Menu. Launching on Monday 1 July and available until Wednesday 31 July, this unique dining experience coincides with the highly anticipated relaunch of the iconic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh hotel.  

The 120th Anniversary Menu pays homage to the storied history of The Pompadour, one of Edinburgh's most celebrated dining establishments. Chef Banks and his team have meticulously researched and recreated their own classic dishes from vintage menus dating back over a century, reinterpreting them with Dean's signature modern flair.   

Dean Banks said: ""I would never have imagined when I was a young boy I would become part of this famous restaurant’s history, and here I am creating a menu for its 120th anniversary. I can only wish that in another 100 years there is another chef standing reading my menu looking for inspiration."  

The multi-course tasting menu features reimagined classics like prawn cocktail, sole veronique, stuffed poulet with Waldorf salad, and, for dessert, the historical Peach Melba. Each dish is a masterful blend of historical authenticity and contemporary techniques, showcasing the finest blend of high-quality Scottish ingredients.  

Priced at £65 per person, the 120th Anniversary Tasting Menu comprises an eight-course tasting menu including:  

  • Classic canapés  
  • Bread selection with whipped beef fat  
  • Prawn cocktail  
  • Sole veronique  
  • Mosaic of rabbit  
  • Scottish native lobster (supplementary cost)  
  • Stuffed poulet with waldorf salad  
  • Peach melba  
  • Sacher torte a la Pompadour   

This year marks a transformative year for the iconic hotel, which will receive significant investment to extend the offering, increasing its capacity to over 300 rooms by early 2026 and making it one of Edinburgh's largest leading hotels   

The 120th Anniversary Menu at Dean Banks at the Pompadour is a truly unique opportunity to experience the rich heritage of one of Scotland's most iconic dining destinations, reimagined through the lens of one of the country's most celebrated chefs.  

Experience this unique culinary journey through time by making a reservation for the 120th Anniversary Tasting Menu at Dean Banks at the Pompadour. Book your table today by calling 01738 718387 or visiting     

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