Seasonal Cooking, Social Dining in Royal Terrace Gardens
A small, but perfectly formed addition to Edinburgh’s dining scene has opened in the gardens of Royal Terrace in Edinburgh.The Gardener’s Cottage, run by chef duo Ed Murray and Dale Mailley, focuses on seasonal ingredients serving a set dinner menu (£25) at three communal tables of ten.
The chefs are committed to sourcing from local farmers, producers and foragers and are making the most of the restaurant’s surrounding garden by growing their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
The B-listed gardener’s cottage, unoccupied since 2006, was designed by William Playfair and constructed in 1836.The gardens, also planned by Playfair, were originally laid out to include a path for the exiled King of France Charles X to walk along on his way from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to church.
Ed, a former architect, developed the new interior to make the most of the limited space while remaining sensitive to the buildings historical and cultural importance.The three dining tables have been hand-crafted from reclaimed teak decking from Glasgow-built SS Olympia, and are dressed with antique silverware and vintage crockery.
The restaurant is open from Thursday to Monday for lunch and dinner and also serves brunch at the weekends. In August, during the Edinburgh Festival, the restaurant will be taking bookings up to 11 pm and will be open for brunch five days a week.
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The Gardener’s Cottage
Royal Terrace Gardens
Edinburgh EH7 5DX
Open Thursday to Monday for lunch and dinner (from 10 am for brunch at weekends)
Sample lunch menu here.
Sample dinner menu here.
Drinks list available upon request.
Jay Rayner, The Observer Magazine.Read the review here.
Richard Bath, Scotland on Sunday.Read the review here.
Joanna Blythman, Sunday Herald Magazine. Read the review here.
About the chefs
Ed and Dale first realised that they shared a passion for seasonal food when, as chefs at Edinburgh’s The Atrium, they would regularly visit the local farmers’ market together to buy produce for the kitchen.Between them, Ed and Dale have 15 years of professional restaurant experience – including The Outsider, Blue, The Atrium, Cafe St Honoré and The Kitchin.
Originally trained as an architect Ed Murray has lived in Edinburgh since his student days. Abandoning architecture for his true calling, Edward has spent the last decade honing his culinary skills.Most recently as head chef for the award-winning bakery and cafe, Falko Konditormeister (Observer Food Producer of the Year 2007) in Bruntsfield.Edward also worked at Blue and The Atrium under 2011 Scottish Chef of The Year Neil Forbes, and at Cafe St Honoré.
Born and raised in Scotland, Dale Mailley has been a chef since the age of 15, and was most recently the executive head chef at the popular Outsider and The Apartment restaurants in Edinburgh.Prior to that Dale was sous chef at The Atrium and worked at Michelin-starred The Kitchin in Leith.His professional stages in London include the two Michelin star The Ledbury and a number of Mark Hix’s restaurants.
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