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

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.

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July 2020: While The Gardiner's Cottage remains closed, they are continuing to offer "The Gardiner's Cottage at Home", check out their website for more information. https://www.thegardenerscottage.co/.


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £45.00
Dinner   £75.00
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

No dress code

survey result


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

“The menu is fixed and you sit at one of three large tables with others” at this quirky venture, which occupies a stone cottage in Royal Terrace Gardens. You get what you’re given from a mystery tasting menu on which sustainability is to the fore, with many of the ingredients grown by Charlie the gardener. On practically all reports the food is well-rated, and they must be doing something right having last year now opened The Lookout (see also).

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1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX
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Opening hours
Thursday5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm

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