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Housed in a shabby-chic timber warehouse and one-time theatrical props store, aptly named Timberyard is rightly proud of its enterprising approach to foraging, butchery, curing and growing your own. The owners also support Scottish producers, as well as stuffing their drinks list with natural wines, floral cocktails and small-batch beers. Meals revolve around a choice of multi-course menus, with many of the seasonal dishes beautifully adorned with herbs and edible flowers from the Timberyard ‘patch’. Well-balanced small plates might range from cured sea bream with gooseberry, cucumber and dill to ox heart with tarragon, malted barley and wild leek, while bigger items could include lamb with black garlic, spring onion, turnips and nigella or halibut accompanied by cockles, clams, celery and white asparagus. For dessert, sweet strawberries might appear alongside lemon verbena, sheep’s yoghurt and elderflower. Private dining takes place in an old brick shed and there’s a sought-after south-facing yard for alfresco meals, while knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff complete the pacakge at this exciting Edinburgh destination.
SquareMeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2017 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in spring 2017. Thousands of readers took part and the results were moderated by SquareMeal’s editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The UK survey does not include any restaurants in London. Click here for the full list of SquareMeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.
The cornerstone of the Timberyard’s menu is seasonality and local sourcing. To give our review a little more of a rounded feel, and to illustrate the menu is indeed ever-changing, we decided to visit on a couple of occasions, before delivering our verdict.On our first visit, Timberyard was top of the list of “hot new places” in Edinburgh, closely pursued by the Galvins’ twin-pronged attack at the Caledonian Hotel, and the Gardener’s Cottage, although the latter was probably just about reaching the point where it was bedded-in...
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