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The Gardener's Cottage restaurant is set in an historic building in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh, part of the city's UNESCO world heritage site. The B-listed building was originally designed by William Playfair and constructed in 1836 as the cottage for the gardener. The building had been derelict for a number of years so required major refurbishment before it opened in June 2012. It now sports two welcoming dining rooms featuring communal tables made from reclaimed wood from the ocean liner SS Olympia and rescued church chairs. Tables are laid with silver cutlery, clay vases of flowers and silver candlesticks create a relaxed ambience.

Chef patrons are Dale Mailley and Edward Murray who bring considerable culinary expertise to this venture having worked at a number of esteemed restaurants between them including Falko Konditormeister, The Outsider, Blue, The Atrium, Cafe St Honoré, The Kitchin and The Ledbury. The menu follows the seasons, products are sourced locally as well as from their own kitchen garden, and they are committed to promoting sustainability ensuring that all ingredients used are of the finest quality.

Mailley and Murray offer a set menu at an attractive price that includes dishes such as chilled lovage and chard soup with crème fraiche, followed by a main course of duck salt crust turnip, cauliflower and celery gratin, greens and hazelnuts, finishing with Woodruff ice cream, walnut caramel ricotta and chocolate custard. This winning formula has seen The Gardener's Cottage being crowned the Good Food Guide Readers' Restaurant of the Year 2013 for Scotland.

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Dale Mailley and Edward Murray

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 10.00am through
Lunch: until
Dinner: 9.30pm

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The Gardener's Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens
London Road
City of Edinburgh

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