Two of Edinburgh’s finest young chefs are doing it themselves
From farm to cottage
From the Castle Terrace farmers’ market to The Gardener’s Cottage on London Road, two chefs from Edinburgh are continuing their mission to bring the finest, freshest, seasonal produce to the diners of Edinburgh. After creating a unique dining experience at their local farmer’s market Ed and Dale are pushing ahead with their radical plan to turn an unassuming former gardener’s cottage into a forward-thinking eating emporium.
The two chefs are well on their way to opening what will be a remarkable addition to Edinburgh’s restaurant scene. The architectural gem is being transformed from a neglected home to a magnificent dining space. Both internally and externally the building is undergoing a major makeover with Ed and Dale taking personal charge of the project from the essential guts of the building to the finer detail and finish.The end result will be unlike anything else currently on offer and is certain to raise Edinburgh’s culinary bar even higher.
Until the doors to The Gardener’s Cottage open, Ed and Dale are taking their concept on the road in a series of pop-up ventures.On Saturday 19 May, the chefs were at the helm of the fourth sell-out Burgher Burger event in the capital.On Thursday 31 May they hosted a food masterclass at Hopetoun Farm Shop; on Monday 11 June they’re cooking a slow food supper at Bridgend Allotments; and on Friday 15 June, the pair are heading to the Insider Festival to serve their wares in a yurt during the 3-day music event.
The Gardener’s Cottage will be committed to creating and serving the best seasonal, local produce while nurturing sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and local producers.There will be a set menu devised to showcase the best produce available on the day.
Dale commented: “We hope The Gardener’s Cottage will have a strong sense of place, with unfussy seasonal food connecting chef, diner, producer and landscape”
The chefs also plan to make the most of the restaurant’s surrounding garden by growing as much fruit, vegetables and herbs there as possible.In better weather, outside dining and picnic baskets will be available.
The restaurant is housed in an historic building located in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.Originally the cottage for the gardener, the B-listed building was designed by William Playfair and constructed in 1836.The gardens, 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.
The building, which has been empty for several years, is currently undergoing major refurbishment.Combining his experience as an architect with his love of eating with friends Edward has developed a design which brings together diners and chefs, making the most of the limited space while remaining sensitive to the buildings historical and cultural importance.Three communal dining tables are being hand-crafted from reclaimed teak decking from Glasgow-built SS Olympia, and will be dressed with antique silverware and vintage crockery.
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The Gardener’s Cottage – opening June 2012
Royal Terrace Gardens
Edinburgh EH7 5DX
Open Thursday to Monday
Sample dinner menu - £25
Sourdough, seaweed butter
Scots Pine charred asparagus, ramson mayonnaise
Cornish sardines, yoghurt, gooseberries, garden & hedgerow Salad
Heather roast roe deer, redcurrants & new season Epicure, broad beans, watercress
Sweet cicely custard, rye bread ice-cream, rhubarb liquor
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, Edward 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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