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The beloved Christmas fairy tale unfolds at Duck & Waffle Edinburgh

Posted: 24th November 2023

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh has brought ‘The Nutcracker’ to life with its festive makeover.

The restaurant and bar located at St James Quarter turns a new page in the all time classic, transforming into a festive Christmas stage complete with charming Nutcracker displays and nostalgic seasonal fixtures. From giant Nutcrackers to dazzling trees featuring sugar plum fairies, candy canes, ballet slippers and other surprises in signature gold and red brand colours to vintage toy boxes, wrapped presents and stunning balloon installation designed in collaboration with florist Lesley Strachan, Thrill Events and The Nutcracker Christmas Shop; guests will delight in the whim and wonder of Christmas at every turn – just like Clara and Fritz.

At the bar guests can toast the season with limited-edition festive Makers Mark cocktails including Mistletoe Martini with Maker’s Mark, Kahlúa, Crème de Cacao and espresso, Naughty or Spice mulled wine, Holiday Cheer Iced Tea for two or a Duck & Waffle Old Fashioned with duck fat washed Maker’s Mark, orange & cranberry syrup and bitters.

Culinary Director Daniel Barbosa and Executive Chef Lucia Gregusova will present a specially curated 4-course Christmas Day menu made with traditional ingredients to celebrate the season, highlights include: Shetland Coast Crab Chowder with toasted sourdough, Isle of Mule Scallop with buttered brioche, pink peppercorns, Amalfi lemon and tarragon, Whole Roasted Bronze Turkey served with all the trimmings, Roast Halibut with boulangère potatoes, beurre blanc, trout caviar and for dessert Sherry Trifle with Pedro Ximénez jelly, vanilla custard, Chantilly cream and candied almonds. For the full menu and to book December 25th click here:

‘Giant Nutcrackers from The Nutcrackers Christmas Store stand tall in the restaurant’ 

New Year’s Eve is what we do best in Scotland and Hogmanay festivities in Duck & Waffle Edinburgh are an elegant affair. Guests will enjoy a glass of Champagne to toast the bells accompanied with a chef curated menu offering an indulgent four courses for £75 per person. Guests can dine at any time starting from 17:00pm on December 31st with a spectacular event that includes live performance and DJs as the clock counts down to midnight and a bar open until 01:00am. For more information on NYE and to book visit:

Bookings are now open for Christmas celebrations, Christmas Day dining and New Year’s Eve. 

Visit for menus, timings, pricing and to book now. 


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