The Rowantree

The Rowantree

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The Rowantree was originally called Lucky Middlesmass’s Tavern and is celebrated in Robert Ferguson's much loved poem , "Cauler Oysters".

It was the watering hole for the all the key figures in the Scottish Enlightenment, Rabbie Burns, David Hume, Adam Smith, Deacon Brodie, with visits from James Watt and Benjamin Franklin.

Hiring The Rowantree


Steeped in history and fabulously cosy The Rowantree is the ideal venue for weddingsprivate dining and other events.

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Capacities and Information

The Rowantree- EVENTS (licensed until 1am)

Seated Dinner - Midweek minimum guest numbers 25, weekend minimum guest numbers 40 and maximum guest number 80

Reception - Minimum guest numbers 60 (80 at weekends), maximum guest numbers 110 (please note that there is a minimum food spend for weekend receptions)

Music - clients may play background AND party music on MP3 playlist through our system or arrange alternative entertainment (Bands, DJs etc)

The Rowantree - WEDDINGS

Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast - Minimum guest numbers 30 adults or 40 adults on a Friday and Saturday date, maximum guest number 60

Evening Reception - Maximum guest numbers 110

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We ♥ The Rowantree
  • Hi Lisa I had a fabulous night! Thank you so much for taking care of everything and making it all so easy for me. Everyone enjoyed the night very much and so many people have been full of praise for the venue. The staff on the night were terrific. Please pass on my grateful thanks to the manager and the doorman who were particularly welcoming and helpful. The bacon rolls were also very well received. Thank you again for all your help and I will have no hesitation in recommending your service to anyone.

    Terryvia email
  • To all the staff who were working on our wedding day, a very special thank you from both of us for the incredible experience and for helping make our day so special and unique. You were all amazing! Thank you from us both

    Mike and Alexavia Card
  • Hey Ailidh! Thank you so much for your lovely message ... thank you for absolutely everything! We had the most amazing day and night and it was all down to you and your team at The Rowantree! Everyone who attended said that it was the best wedding they have ever been to, it was fun, unique and warm. I Wish i could do it all over again and I'm Trying to persuade Ruairidh to have my 30th birthday bash there hehe! Our honeymoon was absolutely incredible, Boston is definitely a place for you to put on your list if you haven't been yet!! Lots of Love, Lauren and Ruairidh. xxx

    Lauren and Ruairidhvia email
  • Hi Ailidh, thank you so much for making our day so special. All went as planned, thanks to you all being there for us on the day and being so well organized. Service, Food and everything else was just perfect. We voted for you J Best regards Kimberley

    Kimberlyvia email
  • Morning Caroline, Just a short email to thank you for the most wonderful time we have ever had at The Rowan Tree, everything was perfect for our wedding reception. The place, the attention from all the staff, the food, the music was absolutely fantastic both Caroline and myself and all our guests loved very moment. It all made our Wedding Day so special, if fact it could not have been any better!

    Caroline & Kennyvia email
  • Thank you so much for all your help and support during both the wedding planning and the Big Day. Everyone involved was fantastic and we are so glad we chose The Rowantree for our Wedding

    Janine and Stevenvia card
  • Hi Rebecca, Kyle and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself and all the staff at the Rowantree. Everyone had a fabulous time at the wedding and they all raved about the food, staff and venue. Rob was a great help the whole evening and helped make the day run smoothly, everyone just loved him! The food was delicious and everyone with unusual and awkward food allergies/requirements were very pleased too! Thank you for all your hard work in the run up to the wedding, the day went about as perfectly as we could have dreamed it would! Thank you again!

    Shannon and Kylevia email
  • I just wanted to send you a wee message to thank you so much for last Sunday !!! We had the most amazing night and with out your help that would not have happened. I appreciate I had different ideas from other brides , but going by the reactions of our guests and other wedding suppliers it's gone down very well !!! Lol Also a huge thanks to Rob , he was amazing at night and so attentive. I have done all the reviews I can and I will also be putting you guys in for the awards that pop up !!! Might even see you there !!! Are you going to the Scottish wedding awards tomorrow night !!!! As might see you there.

    Kirsty and Steve Blythvia email
  • Just wanted to say that we had an amazing wedding day. The Rowantree looked stunning and your staff were very good on the day. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I don't know how many people have said its the best wedding they've ever been to! Thanks again for all your help- Joe and I had the best day of our lives.

    Lauren and Joevia email
  • Hi Marta and and the team at Unusual Venues Edinburgh. It's a been ten weeks since our wedding day in The Rowantree. The day was over so quickly. I didn't want it to end. Even the night drew to a close and ask the guests were leaving I felt so sad to have to go too. The venue is so beautiful and steeped in history, the whole day was magical. Everyone raved about the venue so I guess our guests lived it as much as we did. When Ally and I were collecting our things the next day we had lumps in our throats as it was then we realised it was all over. We both agreed that if we won the lottery we wouldn't have chosen anywhere else to get married. Even though things ran a little later than planned nothing was too much trouble for you and your staff. You made me feel like everything was in safe hands. I had complete faith in you. It was a pleasure to get to know you.

    Sara and Allyvia email
  • I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for the organisation of my party last night. I had the most incredible time and the venue looked gorgeous. Your staff were absolutely amazing, so helpful and friendly. I honestly cannot describe how easy and stress free they made the evening for me and I cannot thank them enough. Thank you again for making the most incredible night possible!

    Charlievia email
  • Just wanted to say what a lovely day we had on Sunday, nothing could have been better. Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and the food was amazing. All the staff were exceptional and very accommodating. We will certainly highly recommend this venue.

    Kim, Nadia and Clairevia email
  • Myself and jason would like to say a huge thank you to you and all your staff at the rowentree for making our day perfect and special we wouldn't of asked for anything better.

    Nicole and Jasonvia email
  • The day was perfect and you and your team were so helpful and made everything run like clockwork! Thank you so much! The cake can definitely go haha. We made sure we took everything up and glad to know we didn't miss anything. Amazing venue. Amazing staff. X

    Alan and Alexvia email
  • I just wanted to email and thank everyone at the rowantree for making our wedding day absolutely perfect. It couldnt have gone better. The food was delicious, the staff were so helpful and it was a wonderful day. We cannot thank you enough. Kindest regards, John & Fiona Kean

    John and Fionavia email
  • We would both just like to the take the opportunity to say a massive thank you for your support and in making our day the best it could be. We loved the venue and the meal was amazing. Everyone was very complimentary of the food and the standard of service we all received. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the service we received was brilliant. Chris and the team made sure our wishes were honoured throughout the day and was on hand to answer any queries we had. You did a great job of making sure myself and Nat didn't see each other before the walk or in my case canter down the aisle which we really appreciated. The facilities were fantastic and very romantic and accomodating. Everyone thought the venue was brilliant and were really impressed with it. We had a brilliant day and the venue and staff helped to make it what it was. We took a gamble on booking without even visiting beforehand and we have to say it definitely paid off.

    Elayne and Natvia email
  • Just back from a fabulous honeymoon, and picked up the iphone in one piece, thanks. Wanted again to share our thanks with you.....and your team.....for helping make our big day run so smoothly. All our guests have been raving about the atmospheric venue and the fantastic food and drink.....memories to last a lifetime!

    Andrew & Sandra McLarenvia email
  • I just wanted to email you to thank you and your team for making our day so special. We had such a fabulous day and evening. Please also pass on our thanks to Ewen for filling my glass all day and night and making the evening go so smoothly. We had so many people saying what a wonderful place the Rowantree was and how great the food was. We can't thank you enough

    Lynda & Chrisvia email
  • Just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for all your help with our wedding. The whole experience was one we'll both never forget and we loved every minute of it.

    Cameron and Michellevia email
  • Morning, Just want to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of my 50th party last night. Pre party dealing was absolutely seamless and staff on the night, Josh, Tommy, Rob and Kate(?), were fantastic, so thank you very very much. I had an absolutely brilliant night. We are pretty certain we got everything away with us at the end of the night but would be grateful if you could confirm that nothing was left? Many thanks again. Kind regards Emma.

    emmavia email
  • Liam and I Married in the Rowantree on the 7th of June and have finally got round to saying a big thank you. We had such a wonderful day. Your venue is stunning and such a credit to Edinburgh. You made the planning run smoothly, as I arranged the whole day myself your staff were a god send and helped me put it all together, from advice on suppliers to what works best. On the day of our Wedding you put me at ease on arrival and even made me laugh, I was petrified! I have heard many compliments from our guests regarding the Dinning following our wedding. The food was quite simply amazing. I have heard nothing but praise on portion sizes and produce, this is something that can be an issue at Weddings, but not at the Caves. Everyone was full up, my family love big portions so the pork with black pudding went down a treat and the children's menu was fresh and home made. Other venues should pay heid!! Your staff lovely, just mingled in nicely and were very friendly. Relaxed and lovely venue, all guests raving about the Caves still. What a gem of a place. Thank you again.

    Mr & Mrs Brownvia email
  • We would just like to say a huge thank you to the staff at The Rowantree for Gordon and Judith's wedding on Saturday. Compliments are still flying in – food, venue, atmosphere. Everything was perfect!!! WE would highly recommend this venue to anyone. Perfect for a winter wedding after being piped down the High Street by a magical piper to such a beautiful venue. Thank you so much!

    Gordon and Maureenvia email
  • I would like to thank you and all the staff who helped make Saturday night so perfect for us! We had such an amazing night and have been told by so many people how much the enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere was amazing! I had such a good time and my feet have only just recovered from dancing. Thank you for making the venue look so perfect and the cake table was beautiful! We would recommend the venue to anyone looking for a wedding party!

    Helen and Neil via email
  • Now that we're starting to get back to normality, we just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you (and Chris as well on the day!) did to make our wedding day perfect. We had the most amazing time and certainly wouldn't have managed all the planning without your help! Everyone commented on what a brilliant time they had, and how much they loved the venue - and the food went down very well too (a special thank you from our vegetarian coeliac - she usually has to stash Twirls in her handbag for the evening!) We couldn't have asked for anything more, so thank you again to you and all the Rowantree staff! smile

    Katrina & Chrisvia email
  • We would like to thank you for all your help with our wedding. We had a great day. The venue, food and everything else was perfect. All the guests loved the venue, food, music, friendly staff and had a great time. Can you pass on my thanks to all the staff working at our wedding and to the DJ. The staff were excellent, friendly and couldn't do enough for us. That includes the security door steward as well. They were all amazing and made it a night to remember!

    Goska & Craigvia email
  • I just wanted to send you a wee message to thank you so much for last Sunday !!! We had the most amazing night and with out your help that would not have happened. I appreciate I had different ideas from other brides , but going by the reactions of our guests and other wedding suppliers it's gone down very well !!! Also a huge thanks to Robb , he was amazing at night and so attentive. Thanks again!

    Kirsty & Steve
  • Hi Lisa, I just wanted to write a quick email to say thank you for everything for last night at our student event in The Rowantree. The night was magical and i think everyone had a fantastic night. All the staff where amazing and did everything we needed! Thank you again

    Nicola QMUvia email
  • Dear Rebecca, Caroline & the rest of The Wedding Team, Thank you all so much for all your help and support in organising our wedding reception with yourselves in The Rowantree. We all had a fantastic night! And thanks to Chris and the rest of the staff who helped it all run smoothly! We are all so grateful.

    Jenny and Shaunvia email

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