Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

54 George St, Edinburgh

Royals have held banquets. Charles Dickens and William Thackerey have read aloud here. Comedians have had guests, and the chandeliers shaking with laughter.

Nothing left to chance

Since 2015, we have thoroughly enjoyed playing our part as catering partners to the Assembly Rooms, one of the foremost social venues in the heart of Edinburgh. Nearly a decade of experience teaches you a great deal in a venue of this size. And every detail is captured in our Operating Procedures Handbook. Your dedicated Assembly Rooms Account Manager and Planner know exactly how wide the Music Hall access door is, why equipment going to the Control Room has to be carried part way, and even the time restrictions for offloading 40’ articulated lorries, should they be required. In short, we know the Assembly Rooms inside and out.


Following a £9.3m refurbishment project, the Assembly Rooms provide both a modern technical infrastructure with a wide range of workable spaces. Let us help you style for maximum impact, whether it’s a corporate event or a wedding.

  • Fresh ideas: Advice on current styling, food service and drinks trends.
  • Custom touches: Want branded water bottles for delegates? Or staff dressed in a futuristic way? Our view is holistic so the result is fantastic.
  • Trusted suppliers: Flowers, tech equipment etc.. tap into the contacts we trust to deliver.

Timing. The other art form.

Knowing the Assembly Rooms as we do, we know exactly how long it takes to turn service around in each room. For purposeful events such as awards, conferences and corporate events your guests want to eat and get on with working the room.

Working alongside Hickory you’ll feel confident the programme of events will run in a timely manner giving you and your guests maximum time to network and communicate.

And there is no need to worry about extra charges for event setup days as hickory can turn the venue around quickly and efficiently to meet your timesheet.



Everyone wants the food choices to feel bountiful and exciting. The real skill is in ensuring there’s minimal wastage after the event. Hickory continues to advise and work collaboratively with venues on sustainability best practices, and we’re pushing ourselves each year to do more. During 2023, we are undertaking research, with event owners, buyers and customers which will take a closer look at the world of dietary preferences in a bid to better inform future food choices.

Why choose Hickory for your event at Assembly Rooms?

Almost a decade long partnershipExcellent knowledge of Assembly Rooms layouts and optionsCreatively driven food, drink and stylingComplete understanding of any restrictions and optionsOur knowledge of the venue means accurate pricingWe ensure quality management systems with ISO 9001Highly experienced and collaborative teamTrack live events via our digital planning toolEvidenced commitment to sustainability

Get in touch and let’s discuss your next event