Edinburgh’s Timberyard doubles up with wine bar/restaurant

The team behind highly rated Edinburgh restaurant Timberyard is to open a new wine bar and restaurant in a distinctive late-Victorian pub in the city’s Abbeyhill district. Montrose House (pictured), in Montrose Terrace, is scheduled to open this autumn.

Timberyard director Jo Radfordsaid: “In a way we will be opening a venue with two very different offerings under one roof. On the ground floor will be the wine bar that Edinburgh has never had, while upstairs will be an intimate, six-table dining room.

All our wines will be capsule-free and showcase indigenous varieties from all corners of Europe.” (The foil capsule around the cork of wine bottles is increasingly seen as unnecessary packaging that causes CO2 emissions and environmentally damaging mining to produce aluminium or tin.)

The menu at Montrose House will feature a selection of European-style small plates, put together by Timberyard head chef James Murray.

Timberyard, which was opened by the Radford family 11 years ago in a converted Victorian warehouse in Fountainbridge, is credited with bringing two of the past decade’s key gastronomic influences to Scotland – the ‘new Nordic’ cuisine and natural wines from small European producers. The 2023 Harden’s Best UK Restaurants praises its food as “relentlessly inventive and delicious“.

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