01 October 2018
Sundays: the twilight of the weekend. They may lack the heady promise of a Friday and the carefree spontaneity of a Saturday, but they are not to be overlooked. So much more than just the prequel to the week ahead, Sundays in Edinburgh can be one of life’s little pleasures. They’re a chance to gather your friends or get the family together, and make the most of the weekend.
To celebrate the forthcoming launch of what is billed to be the best Sunday roast in Edinburgh (served here at The Tower from November 2018), we have developed this simple guide to help you make the most of Sundays in Edinburgh. Follow these five steps to end your weekend in the most fabulous way…
1. Enjoy The Best Lie In
There’s a commonly held belief that you need to jump out of bed to ‘make the most of the day’. But if your body tells you that you need to sleep in, you should sleep longer. Experts from the National Sleep Council say that a lie in can be part of your relaxation time, which we all need. Furthermore, a lie in need not always be about sleeping, it might be about cosying up, making a cup of fresh leaf tea and watching the leaves unfurl, or simply opting to catch up on a few chapters of your favourite book.
2. Experience Edinburgh's Eccentricity
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Once suitably fed and roused, we recommend a trip into town to the recently refurbished National Museum of Scotland. Inviting you on an exciting dash through the world and everything in it, there are 16 galleries showcasing national archaeological collections, medieval artefacts, plus displays focusing on natural history, geology, art, science and technology.
That all sounds rather normal…
However, what you’ll quickly discover is that this unique and much-loved museum is mind-boggling, utterly charming and completely barmy in all the right measures. From Dolly the Sheep (the world’s first cloned mammal), to some of Elton John’s more elaborate stage costumes and a T-Rex skeleton cast, this museum will put pay to even the worst case of Sunday Blues. Admission is free, so you can explore as little, or as much, as you please. Discover more: 10 Best Things to See and Do at the National Museum of Scotland
3. The Best Sunday Roast in Edinburgh
Once you have finished perusing the museum, take the lift to the 5th floor where you will find us here at The Tower – one of Edinburgh’s most iconic restaurants. With floor to ceiling windows, our tables look out onto Edinburgh's famous Castle and the rooftops of the Old Town, a fitting backdrop for the best Sunday lunch in Edinburgh.
Perfectly fitting as the days are getting that little bit colder, the promise of a succulent Sunday roast is hard to resist. The meal that ends one week and begins another, Sunday lunch is a stalwart of the Great Scottish Menu and a delicious moment for pause. It is not to be missed.
Available from November 2018, our exquisite roast dinner menu will vary week to week, featuring only the very finest finds and all the trimmings – perfectly-plump Yorkshire puddings, fluffy potatoes, and our own recipe gravy. For Sunday lunch in Edinburgh, look no further. Enjoy panoramic views over the city, discreet and knowledgeable service, plus one of the city’s finest wine menus with over 200 bins to choose from. Booking is strongly recommended, please call us on 0131 225 3001 for more information.
4. A Little Of What You Fancy
After a hearty Sunday lunch, it’s time to relax with your favourite tipple. Indulge a sweet tooth with a decadent dessert wine from the wine list, a perfectly mixed cocktail, or choose something special from our selection of artisan coffees. Or, for those who can’t decide, there’s the classic Espresso Martini. It’s rich, indulgent and creamy, and the shot of espresso will pick you up if you find yourself flagging…there’s still lots of Sunday to enjoy!
5. Vist Edinburgh's Hidden Rooftop Garden
After your lunch, there are few better ways to end the perfect Sunday in Edinburgh than with a visit to the museum’s hidden roof garden for a moment of peace and reflection. Simply jump in the lift and head to the 7th floor; you’ll exit onto the rooftop terrace, with its dazzling views from all four sides. Open 10am-5pm, the terrace was designed by sculptor Andy Goldsworthy in honour of Edinburgh-born James Hutton, known as the founder of modern geology. The plant life along the edge of the terrace represents different aspects of Scotland’s landscape, from coastal plants to grassland vegetation.
Wrap up warm, take a seat on the sandstone blocks, and watch as the sun begins to dip in the winter light. This a great place to escape the crowds below and to get a different perspective on the city. And, since in any season in Edinburgh there is oftena stiff breeze coming in from the coast, it will almost certainly blow away any cobwebs.
The perfect end to the perfect Sunday.
For more information about Sunday lunch in Edinburgh, please call us on 0131 225 3003 or view our menus.