Established in 1973, Jamie's Scottish Evening is the longest running show of its kind in Scotland. It has become a must see for tourists visiting Edinburgh, and is often packed to the rafters with tour groups. On the night that I attended with a group of other bloggers, there were tourists from Australia, America, Canada and the Phillipines. The evening starts with a three course dinner featuring leek and potato soup, a choice of beef (with Highland whisky sauce), grilled Scottish salmon, or roast chicken, followed by the very Scottish dessert Cranachan. For those of you who like me have no idea what Cranachan is, it is a blend of raspberries, oatmeal and whipped cream laced with Scotch whisky.
No Scottish Evening would be complete without the ceremony of the haggis- which was piped in and brought on a tray complete with antlers. I'm going to come right out and say, I don't like haggis- I tried it on the first Jamie's Scottish Evening I went too, and tried it again this time but I'm sorry Scotland it just doesn't float my boat.
The King James Thistle Hotel is situated on Leith Street and connects to the St James Shopping Centre. Although the Hotel looks a little worn from the outside, I was pleasantly surprised at what it looks like on the inside. It's Scottish of course, with tartan making a strong appearance, and he had a Highland Lodge vibe to it that I'm sure is a hit with tourists. The Hotel has a bar and restaurant (their breakfasts are their specialty apparently), 143 bedrooms and connects to the St James Centre for easy shopping.
I had a great time at Jamie's Scottish Evening, and the hotel looked like a really comfy and convenient place to stay while exploring the city. The St James Centre is scheduled for demolish and revamp at some point this year, so I'm not sure how the hotel will fit with that, so my tip is to get in and experience the hotel and Jamie's Scottish Evening while you can.
For more information about The King James Thistle Hotel and Jamie's Traditional Scottish Evening see their website