Chef Dan Ashmore thanks team and friends of The Pompadour following the restaurant's closure

Cara Houchen

It’s the end of an era for legendary Scottish restaurant The Pompadour as it has officially closed its doors after 95 years of operation.

The ‘Edinburgh institution’ is based at The Caledonian hotel in Waldorf Astoria and was headed up by chef Dan Ashmore.

Over the years, it has seen some of the UK’s finest chefs pass through its kitchen including Martin Wishart, Alan Hill, Jeff Bland and Roy Brett.

In a statement from the team at The Pompadour, they said: “After careful consideration, we confirm that we will close our doors for the last time this Sunday. We are proud of the achievements and memories over 95 years. Thank you to our customers and suppliers.”

On Friday, head chef Dan Ashmore shared a message of thanks to his kitchen team and the Waldorf Astoria crew, to his customers and suppliers, thanking them for what he called the best three years of his life. 


The restaurant was previously known as the Pompadour by Galvin and was headed by brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. The Galvin group has previously run Galvin Brasserie de Luxe at the hotel, which chef Mark Greenaway then took over.

The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh was built in 1903 and underwent a £24m refurbishment before relaunching in 2012.

Chefs and customers took to social media to express their shock and disappointment:


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Cara Houchen

Cara Houchen

Editor 27th January 2020

Chef Dan Ashmore thanks team and friends of The Pompadour following the restaurant's closure