The Gardener's Cottage

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

The Gardeners Cottage in Edinburgh

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Occupying a building dating from 1836 that was once home to a gardener, with vegetable patches at the front, this charming restaurant delivers seasonal dining at long communal tables. A weekend brunch menu offers the likes of Arbroath kippers, beech-smoked anchovies and local bacon, while a daily changing lunchtime à la carte and evening tasting menu reflect the best of Scotland’s natural larder. On our visit, a snack of crisp Perthshire organic chicken skin was packed with intensely savoury flavour. We followed this with perfectly charred mackerel and a rich green fragrant lovage soup with fresh peas and smoky pancetta. Succulent Gigha halibut was served with a delicate lobster raviolo, while tender organic pork fillet came with asparagus spears, sharp gooseberry and a plump brawn dumpling. To finish, sweet, sticky honey cake was tempered by aromatic woodruff ice cream, strawberries and crisp meringue. Matched wine pairings are available from the inviting drinks list. Flawless cooking in laid-back surroundings.

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The Gardener's Cottage Location

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

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Edinburgh Station 1km

Haymarket Station 3km

Opening times

Wed-Mon 12N–2:45pm & 5pm–9:45pm Sat-Sun 10am–12N & 5pm-9:45pm

The Gardener's Cottage's Reviews


Food & Drink: 8.0


Service: 8.0


Atmosphere: 8.0


Value: 8.0


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

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.

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