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FOOD & DRINK
Dinner @ Amber
words Charlie McPhail · photos Susie Lowe
O
ver the years, we had heard a lot about Amber and its fine dining qualities so,
With old fashioned service
although we’ve never classed it as the sort of place more often associated with
and a whisky bar, this
i-on reviews, we recently gave it a go. Amber is the restaurant at The Scotch
whisky experience, the Diageo owned museum that celebrates all things whisky- as long
is reminiscent of more
as it’s Scottish. classic restaurants.
With old fashioned service and a whisky bar, this is reminiscent of more classic
restaurants. You sit in the bar and order your pre-prandial drink from a vast selection
of over 300 whiskies, as well as wine and beer. This bar is heaven for aficionados of the
golden stuff. We embraced the whisky vibe but opted for the soft option and ordered two
excellent cocktails (whisky smash for me, £5.50, and Scotch Manhattan for my partner.)
We were brought our menus to peruse at the bar and chatted to the knowledgeable bar
manager… about whisky of course. We were led to the table when dinner was served.
The restaurant is fairly cosy, with low ceilings and oak barrels artfully placed about. I liked
it immediately but it took my dining partner some getting used to. You see, the dining area
itself, an alcove with five tables, is cosy and comfortable but she couldn’t quite get rid off
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