survey result

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
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).

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
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 this year now opened The Lookout (see also).

Summary

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

“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.

Summary

£50
   ££
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.

“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.

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Have you eaten at Gardener’s Cottage?

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/.

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
No dress code
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

The 2020 Harden's Guide

2020 Hardens London Restaurant Guide

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