Christmas, Events, Food & Drink

7th December 2018

Christmas Lunches!

The castle was once a place of royal celebrations, feasts and ceremonies and to this date we still know how to entertain and fill your belly with delicious treats! Warning you may get hungry!

A table laid for Christmas lunch

In times gone by the period of Yule was 12 days of entertainment, feasting, dancing and merriment. Kings and queens would have huge Christmas feasts and invite thousands of guests. Food would include the firm favourites of suckling pigs, roast boar, venison from deer hunts, roast goose/fowl, lots of seafood, marzipan, pastries, spiced cakes, apples and pears, elaborately decorated plates of pies and tarts. Not to forget barrels of wine!

An artist's impression of a feast in Edinburgh Castle's Great Hall

We know our mouth is watering too! Preparing for a feast takes times and with our Christmas Lunches this December, the big man in the red suit will not be the only one rushed off their feet. Our chefs will be getting everything ready to make our Christmas lunches a truly magical (and delicious) day.

A team of chefs posing on the ramparts of Edinburgh castle

Making a list, checking it twice…

Below is the ultimate Christmas food shopping list to make our lunches go down in history:

  • 50 large turkeys
  • 1000 chipolatas
  • 50kg of sprouts
  • 70kg of parsnips
  • 24kg of sausage meat for stuffing
  • 15kg cranberries
  • 400 Christmas puddings
  • 1300 mince pies
  • 1 box of gluten free mince pies
  • 1 box of gluten free Christmas puddings
  • Gallons of brandy sauce

And a partridge in a pear tree…. (sorry!)

Diners enjoying a Christmas lunch at Edinburgh Castle

Make Christmas 2018 special and join us this December for a 3 course lunch in the castle.  Don’t forget you can also explore the castle before and after your lunch. Make sure you share your experience with us using #EdinburghCastle.