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In a 19th-century house kitted out with long communal tables, this self-consciously sustainably minded four-year-old, run by chef-owners Dale Mailley and Edward Murray (ex-Atrium), achieves high marks across the board.
There's a “great social dining experience” to be had at this tiny 19th-century venue, which features communal tables and a “varied” local/seasonal menu; it has made quite a splash since opening in 2012, and some reporters had their best meal of the year here.
This “extraordinary” spot, near the A1, has made quite a splash with its “unique” formula – “a beautifully crafted menu of fresh and seasonal produce”, served in a “tiny but authentic” space; service is at communal tables, so the ambience “can rather depend on who you sit next to!”
“You can’t be fussy – you get six courses, and no choice”, all served at communal tables, at this “quirky” yearling, near the A1; it’s been a smash hit though – service is “passionate”, the style is “sociable”, the food – from the “finest produce” – is “earthy” and all-in-all it’s a “genuinely new and interesting” venture.
Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Quirky yes but absolutely superb. Having a top class lunch on the friendly communal tables with good wine whilst watching the snow outside gave a warm glow. Enhanced by the turntable playing vinyls plucked from the stack just added to the experience. Might not appeal to everyone but did to us."
"An otherwise accomplished lunch was ruined by the fact that someone had burnt the tarts before service - a strong smell of burnt tart does not make for an enjoyable atmosphere! But food was good and service professional and friendly (and apologetic!)"
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX
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Last orders: Mon 10 pm, closed Tue, Wed - Sun 10 pm