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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. Communal tables, Sunday school chairs and paint-splattered floorboards set the tone in the come-as-you-please dining room, or you can sit outside among the greenery. Dinner is a no-choice, seven-course menu (check Facebook or the restaurant’s website each day for details) with the emphasis is on “inventive, locally sourced and seasonal food”, hints of British heritage and influences from faraway lands: pine-cured halibut with crab mayo, ash-baked turnip and apple butter; asparagus with quail’s egg and onion ‘petals’; hogget with stuffed pepper and smoked mushrooms; seeded sponge with lovage mousse and linseed; pear and hazelnut crumble with mascarpone and chocolate cream. Lunch is a simpler carte and there’s weekend brunch too (think meatloaf brioche sandwich or Arbroath smokie with eggs) – plus a smart little wine list with easy-going prices to match the food’s unbeatable value.

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The Gardener's Cottage

The Gardener's Cottage

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

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Hidden treasure in the garden

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Mar 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.

David E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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