The spirit of the Don has been an integral part of 20 St Swithins Lane since 1798 when the young Perthshire Scot George Sandeman took over the site as the cellar for his port, sherry and wine company.
The black-caped figure of the Don with his flat black sombrero has long been a symbol of excellence in the world of ports and sherries.
Both the Don and its younger sibling, The Sign of the Don, pay homage to the original port and sherry cellars where Sandeman bottled its vintages for over two centuries, and the history of the building gives the Don a unique ambiance.
The restaurant, located in a cobbled courtyard, is a sophisticated place in all senses. European flavours dominate the menu, which roams its way from ravioli of snails or baked scallops en croûte with vanilla butter to roast cod with lyonnaise onions or perhaps saddle of hare with jugged leg, celeriac purée and bitter chocolate sauce. Fans also drool over the “huge, juicy and gorgeous chateaubriand, likewise the warm ginger fondant with clotted cream. The generously spaced, high-ceiling Old Restaurant is a picture of elegance, with its seven original John Hoyland paintings and huge windows.
We have a second dining room, the White Room, with its dramatic 15 foot John Hoyland abstract, Shooting Stars.
The Don is famed throughout the City for its multi-award winning wine list- a perfect complement to its modern menu and highly professional service.
The restaurant is available for private hires on Saturdays and Sundays.