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“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.
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!”
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.
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