Banqueting and Dinner Venues In Edinburgh

Unique and unusual banqueting and dinner venues to hire in Edinburgh and Scotland

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House

Max Capacity 250

If you are looking for a truly unique venue then the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is the answer. We offer meetings, conferencing, private dinners, drinks receptions, family or corporate away days and weddings as well as a range of exciting team building activities all based in the heart of one of Scotlands most popular tourist attractions.

Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Max Capacity 10000

SEC is Scotland's national venue for public events. It is also the UK's largest integrated exhibition and conference centre: a world class facility set in one of Europe's most vibrant cities and only a short journey from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

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So far we’ve examined three conversation starters, but what about subjects which really should be off the cards at your Edinburgh banqueting event?  There are certain subjects which are off-limits when it comes to corporate dining events, so if you’re hosting an evening of fine dining in Edinburgh and want your event to be a success, here are three topics of conversation to steer guests away from at all costs.

We’ve all been to parties and events where the small talk has quickly become awkward, heated or ceased altogether after a conversation faux pas.  If you’re looking to host banquets in Edinburgh, here are three subjects you’d be well advised to avoid…

Banqueting Etiquette: Three Conversation No-Nos at Your Edinburgh Dining Event


You can never guess someone’s politics simply by looking at them, and starting a conversation on this subject could quickly land you in hot water.  Whether it’s left against right wing views on various social issues, Brexit, Scottish independence or opinions on the party leaders, politics is off-limits if you want to keep the peace.  People who overhear a throwaway remark are always keen to jump in and give their opinion, and things can quickly turn frosty.

Not too far from Holyrood and the seat of Scotland’s devolved government, Edinburgh Zoo’s Mansion House is the perfect place to host your Edinburgh banqueting event.  If you can keep the conversation away from referendums and independence, you’ll enjoy a fine dining experience in some of the Scottish capital’s most elegant and charming banqueting rooms.  With a top menu designed by an expert catering team and floorspace which can be decorated to your preferences, this is one of Scotland’s most unique dining venues.

Office Gossip

Office gossip has no place around the dinner table – the only juicy thing to pass any guest’s lips should be the food.  Whether it’s moaning about the boss, rumours about your colleagues or complaining about company policies and procedures, steer conversation away from anything which could be seen as either idle tittle tattle or interpreted as dissatisfaction with your employers.  Everyone wants an enjoyable evening’s conversation, but keeping the mood light should never stray into gossip and griping.

For a more relaxing evening, choosing a venue staffed by one of Scotland’s premier events teams can lighten the burden on you.  At the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), you could enjoy an evening’s fine dining in a venue with a large and incredibly adaptable floorspace – perfect for organising a seating plan which will keep the notorious gossips apart.  Fully customise the space you hire and enjoy a fantastic spread at the SEC, with entertainment enough to stop tongues from wagging.

Family Life

It’s one of those topics which seems so easy to slide into when you feel the conversation is starting to flag, but steer clear of discussing the kids’ GCSE results, your other half’s shortcomings or virtues, how well the grandchildren are doing at nursery or the family pet’s ailments.  Endlessly fascinating as your family and friends might be to you, they’re probably not quite so interesting to the person seated beside you during your formal dinner.  You probably wouldn’t want to hear them talking at length on their own family situation, so don’t subject them to a monologue on yours.

If you’ve chosen to host your banqueting or dinner event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, a far safer subject would be the spectacular food created by renowned celebrity chef, Prue Leith.  Leith’s at the EICC caters for all sorts of top events including fine dining banquets, and the fine dining menu showcasing the best Scottish produce is sure to be a phenomenal conversation starter.  With top chefs and catering staff on hand throughout your event, you can ensure your banquet lasts long in the memory for all the right reasons.


If you’re looking for banqueting and dining venues in Edinburgh or elsewhere in Scotland, look no further than Lime Venue Portfolio.  For more information on these fantastic, exclusive banqueting venues or any of the venues we have right across the UK, simply get in touch with our expert team today.