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Summary

“Quirky, but absolutely superb”, is the generally agreed verdict on Dale Mailley and Edward Murray’s sustainability-minded venture: “a lovely concept” where guests eat a top-class, set menu with good wine at long friendly, communal tables in an old stone building in Royal Terrace Gardens – an experience “more casual and laid-back” than most restaurants serving food of this quality.

£60
  £££
4
Very Good
3
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Completely original, full of life, soul and glorious seasonal food”“You have to share tables (which is not for everyone)” at Dale Mailley and Edward Murray’s “intimate” and “friendly” sustainably-minded venture (“enhanced by the turntable playing vinyls plucked from the stack”), in a small, stone building in the middle of Royal Terrace Gardens. In mid 2017, they opened a new spin-off, Quay Commons – a Leith bakery.

£50
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£48
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3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£47
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The Gardener’s Cottage is a restaurant in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill. Built in 1836 the cottage, which was originally home to the gardener, has been transformed into Edinburgh’s home for seasonal cooking and social dining. Seated at long communal tables our guests can enjoy weekend brunch, an a’la carte lunch menu, or an inventive, set seven course dinner menu, using only the best seasonal, local produce.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £18.00 £22.00
Dinner   £45.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday10 am-9:30 pm
Sunday10 am-9:30 pm

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