Our intimate and atmospheric cavernous venues are nestled in the depths of the 18th century South Bridge in the heart of the Old Town, and a stone’s throw from the famous Royal Mile. The romantic venues are steeped in colourful history, and every vaulted room that has been sympathetically restored to its former glory has a story to tell and a special place in Scotland’s past. From a former stables to the French Cavalry who were body guards for the Royal Family, the rumoured hunting ground of Burke and Hare, to the spiritual home of the Oyster Club of the Scottish Enlightenment, it is little wonder these spectacular and inimitable award-winning venues are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Restored original wooden flooring, antique Chesterfields and original artefacts in the upstairs snug bar, old adverts from the 1700s and 1800s transformed into wallpaper, state of the art lighting and sound systems contrasted with atmospheric candles, are just some of the details that has given The Caves and The Rowantree its numerous awards. Recent awards include; Winner of the Best Small Venue at the Scottish Events Awards, Winner of SBC Tackling Poverty Award, Nominee for Best Wedding Venue in the VOWS Awards.
The Caves is our larger venue. There is no venue more Edinburgh than The Caves, or more Scottish either if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as “Whisky Row.” Different and unique, distinctive and full of personality, and, most importantly, intimate, this remarkable venue will wow guests.
The Rowantree, was originally home to the renowned Lucky Middlemiss Tavern, an oyster tavern of the Scottish Enlightenment era that saw literary greats and Enlightenment figures throng the watering hole. James Hutton, Robert Burns, David Hume, Adam smith, Deacon Brodie, Watt and Benjamin Franklin were just some of the regulars, with Robert Louis Stevenson once describing it as “a rabbit warren not only by the numbers of its twist and turns, but by its dark stairs frequented by loiterers and such other such low characters and as treacherous a place as I saw.”
Marlin's Wynd is on the site of the original Marlin's Wynd which was constructed in the 1540's. The wynd was believed to be named after John Marlouin, the French stonemason who paved the Royal Mile around 1550. With the Reception area being part of a typical Edinburgh Georgian tenement built in 1787 and its vaults constructed in the 1540's, Marlin's Wynd spans centuries of Scottish history.