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.
Steeped in history and fabulously cosy The Rowantree is the ideal venue for weddings, private dining and other events.
Capacities and Information
Seated Dinners: Depending on the day of the week The Rowantree has minimum guest numbers of 30, and maximum guest numbers of 80.
Receptions: Depending on the day of the week The Rowantree has minimum guest numbers of 50 and maximum guest numbers of 110. A minimum food spend applies.
Music: Options to play background music or party music on a set MP3 playlist through our system or arrange alternative entertainment (Bands, DJs etc).
Your Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast - Minimum of 50 adults for the day, maximum day guest numbers 70.
Evening Reception - Up to 110
Hello Amy, Many thanks. It was such a wonderful night. Many of my colleagues had never been to The Rowantree and simply loved the venue. The staff on the night, led by the very capable and friendly Roisin, we're just excellent. A special shout out to Jack who was "on the door" - he went above and beyond at the end of the evening making sure everyone got taxis to get home safely. Please compliment the chef - the canapes and hog roast were delicious, everyone enjoyed them immensely. All in all it was a fantastic, memorable evening bringing together Cardio-thoracic nurses and doctors past and present. Very emotional. Thank you, one and all. Kindest Regards, Lindavia email
I had such an incredible time, it genuinely exceeded all of my expectations!! The venue is so fab - great dance space but also room to chat without the dancefloor ever looking empty. Your staff were fantastic too, really attentive and professional. I was really so delighted with the help from your whole team from start to finish. From my original booking, every question was answered (and I had lots), and noone ever made me feel like I was asking too much or being a pain. I wouldn't hesitate to come to the Rowantree again - it's not an understatement to say I had one of the best nights of my life. It was so so special and I've made loads of lifelong memories. So thank you!via email
Hi Caroline, Thank you so much for everything. Yesterday was the most perfect day and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The staff were impeccable and The Rowantree amazing!via Email
Hi Caroline, Thank you ☺️ Kev and I had thee best day in The Rowantree! It was all so amazing, from start to finish. Can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done since it was originally booked and all the setting up on the day. And for managing my 100s of emails haha So glad we picked such an amazing venue!!!via Email
Hey Amy! Thanks again - you were amazing in the lead up to the event and Joss (I think that was his name?) did an exceptional job coordinating the evening of. All the staff were so polite and proactive and everyone commented on how great everything was. Thank you again Thanks, S.via email
Hi Caroline, just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help throughout the planning, answering all my millions of questions. And a huge thank you for your help on the day, we appreciate it so much!! The venue looked absolutely amazing and so many people said the same. We really can’t thank you enough, it was just perfect!!!via email
To Beth, Josh and all the team at The Rowantree, Thank you very much for all your help and support up to and on the day of our wedding! We had the most amazing day! So many of our family and friends have commented on how great the venue, food and service were so thank you. If only we could do it all again! (we would defo pick The Rowantree again!) From Isla and Tomvia card
I would also like to Thank yourselves for a wonderful night. Sinead was so helpful on the night and I really appreciated her keeping on top of the bar tab and advising me accordingly. The girls had a great time and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. The venue was perfect, the hog roast was very popular and all the staff were welcoming, efficient and professional.via email
Hi Emma, Just wanted to thank you for everything you have done. We had an absolutely amazing day on Saturday, from start to finish. Everything went so well, and the meal was delicious. Everyone enjoyed themselves and told us what a wonderful day it was, and they loved the venue too. I couldn’t have wished for anything more. Was quite sad picking up our stuff yesterday. All that planning, and it’s all over now. I did get a lovely hubby at the end of it all though. I can’t remember the mans name who was helping me for the rest of the day, he had a ponytail and wee moustache. I would also like to thank him for making the rest of the day run smoothly too. All the staff were superb. Thank you so much for everything. I can’t believe it’s all over now, it went so quickly! Lorna xvia email
Dear Lisa, Thank you for all your help organising the party. You made it very easy for us. The night was wonderful thank you - everyone loved the venue, and the staff were great. Saskia said to me the next day that her party had been “everything I dreamed of”. Much appreciated,via email
Hi Emma, We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff who have helped and supported before our wedding but most importantly those who were there on the day. Each and everyone of them were amazing and were so supportive and helpful throughout. Gregor and I were delighted with the level of service and how amazing the venue was. All of our guests spoke so highly of everything: food, atmosphere, decor, staff, service to name a few. Lastly we wondered if you could pass a huge thanks to the catering team. Everyone including us felt the food was amazing. I thought it was the best wedding food I’ve ever had. The meat was cooked perfectly and if it wasn’t for my nerves then I probably could have polished off a second plate !! Thank you all so very much for helping to make our day truly amazing.via email
We just want to thank you so so much for all your hard work and effort in making this day perfect for us. No ask was too much and you were always on hand to help us and to help the day run so smoothly. We really can't thank you enough and we are very eager to let your bosses know how amazing you were and please let us know if there's a way we can review your effort and the venue. Could you also pass on our thanks to Jonas and the rest of the staff, they were so friendly and so accomodating it just made the day perfect. Thanks again and now we are on the comedown of normality.via email
Apologies for the delay in writing this review! But we've both been enjoying married life far too much! I just wanted to say one last thank you on behalf of Michelle & I, for the amazing job you did at our wedding on July 22nd. Not only on the day itself but for all your time, effort & professionalism leading upto it beforehand. Quite simply we couldn't have done it without you! You did a truly wonderful job.... Quite simply you gave us the best day of our lives Nothing was ever too much hassle & your correspondence from our very first enquiry to any questions we had was exemplary. It made the whole experience exactly like the day itself... Relaxed, intimate, personal & so much fun! You made us feel very important & really bought into & exceeded our expectations. On every level! The feedback from our guests regarding the venue, food and staff was incredible! And fully merited. We must say an extra special thank you to Ailidh & Chris who were our wedding planner & co-ordinator. You both did a fabulous job! We will be forever grateful Keep up the great work. You deserve all the praise going.via email
We cannot thank you all enough for making our wedding perfect! You are all so helpful and our every need was catered to so well. I cannot recommend the venue highly enough. Everything was amazing and this was all thanks to you all! THANKS!! Julie and Jack xvia card
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.via 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 bothvia 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. xxxvia 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 Kimberleyvia email
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!via 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!via 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 Weddingvia card
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.via 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.via 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.via 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!via 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.via 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.via 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. Xvia 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 Keanvia 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.via 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!via 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 enoughvia 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.via 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.via 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.via 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!via 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!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! <img src="https://unusualvenuesedinburgh.com/images/smileys/smile.gif" width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />via 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!via 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!
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 againvia email
Dear 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.via email
Hello Ailidh!!! Everyone had an incredible time. Thank you so much for everything. The day ran so smoothly and all the staff were awesome. My feet are killing me from all the dancing. Definitely a day we will never forget!! Take care and thanks again. Lisa and Gareth xvia email