The Gardener's Cottage 22

1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road , Edinburgh, EH7 5DX

1 reviews

25 British Central Scotland

  • The Gardener s Cottage, Restaurant, Edinburgh
  • The Gardener s Cottage, Restaurant, Edinburgh
  • The Gardener s Cottage, Restaurant, Edinburgh

SquareMeal Review of The Gardener's Cottage

Once the resident gardener’s cottage attached to Edinburgh’s Royal Terrace Gardens, this B-listed building is now home to a rustic, enterprising eatery dedicated to seasonal food. Sunday school chairs and paint-splattered floorboards set the tone in the come-as-you-please dining room, where the communal tables are “Scots friendly” and “you end up chatting a lot to your neighbours”; alternatively sit outside and chill among the greenery. Dinner is a no-choice, seven-course menu of “intelligently presented” dishes pointed up with “interesting” local ingredients, hints of British heritage and influences from faraway lands: quail’s egg, chickweed and spring onion; cauliflower, whey and almond; pickled mackerel, sugar snap and sea sandwort; hogget, chanterelles, rosemary barley and carrot; gooseberry, lemon balm and mint. Lunch is a simpler carte and there’s weekend brunch too (think croissants with pear jam or kippers with poached egg and greens) – plus a smart little wine list with easy-going prices to match the food’s unbeatable value. “Hidden treasure in the garden” indeed. 

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Edinburgh Station 1km

Haymarket Station 3km


Address: 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road , Edinburgh EH7 5DX

Opening times

Wed-Mon 12N-2.30pm 5-10pm


Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

David E. 11 March 2017

i had dinner there in March 2017. Only one option - a 7-course tasting menu for £50. Apparently the menu changes every week. An interesting wine list, with wine-pairing available for £45. Each course was intelligently presented and tasty, with interesting local ingredients. Service was friendly and efficient. Tables are communal and the Scots friendly, so you end up chatting a lot to your neighbours. Small room so make sure to book.