The Gardener's Cottage

British, Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Gardener's Cottage

Silver Award

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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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Modern European


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

0131 677 0244 0131 677 0244


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-23:00


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2 Reviews 

Samantha C

01 April 2019  
Charming and delicious.

David E

11 March 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Hidden treasure in the garden
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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