Nicholas Henderson, the Founder of Whighams had a vision. That vision, created 34 years ago, was to establish an ambient wine bar and restaurant offering the highest levels of service; combining the finest of wines with fresh and enticing menus showcasing the very best of seasonal, locally sourced, Scottish produce.
Today, Whighams is an Edinburgh institution and delights both regular and loyal customers as well as first-time visitors to the city. From our cosy, unique cellars oozing with character and history to our warm and open bar and dining areas, you’re sure to find a favourite spot to relax and unwind.
“I am passionate about wine and the abundance of delicious produce available from Scotland’s larder. In founding Whighams in 1983, my desire was to create a winebar and restaurant with an atmosphere second to none; a place which customers would find welcoming, fun, characterful and somewhere they would want to return to time and time again.
My interest in wine stemmed from a 3 day wine education course which I attended in 1973. This hooked me into the fascinating world of wine and has sparked a life-long interest. With constant opportunities to learn more, as well as the diversity of grapes and vineyards, it truly is a subject which is continuously evolving. I had set up a wine importing business, working with predominantly small growers and having seen the popularity of wine bars grow in the seventies in London, I wanted to bring that success to my home city of Edinburgh and Whighams was born.
A great source of pride and pleasure to me are our loyal and valued customers and I’m always delighted to see new faces visiting. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable, with each one gaining certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. I do hope that you will visit us and soak up the unique atmosphere in our wonderful, hospitable and charming bar and restaurant where you’ll be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.”