"Lunch in the Gardener's Cottage is one of those experiences that stops the world for a while, and we can always do with one of those." - Jay Raynor, The Observor
"The whole approach to and feel of the place tends to soothe and put a smile on the face. " - Joanna Blythman, Sunday Herald
The Gardener's Cottage, Edinburgh was just that: the old derelict cottage of the gardener who used to tend the grounds for the wealthy inhabitants up on Royal Terrace. Now it is a lively, rustic and quirky restaurant of two small dining rooms fitted out with communal bench tables, open kitchen and record player in the corner.
Atmospheric setting aside, the food is served as a five course set menu except for the weekend lunch where there is a little choice. And although this choice is very limited for vegetarians, one option, I was told that I could choose a few of the meat dishes and they would make a vegetarian version for me. Basically, they could make me anything with the ingredients available.
Their approach is simple. Grow it themselves (fittingly, the Gardener’s garden is flourishing); make it themselves (bread, chutney, even their own cheese); or source it locally and smartly (buy a whole deer and use every single cut for a week’s worth of menus). This thrifty approach delivers a witty, energetic menu that’s big on flavour, value and simplicity. - Jo Laidlaw, The List
A thoroughly enjoyable Saturday lunch but it is the set menu I really want to go back for. Vegetarians need to let them know beforehand but everyone else, their daily menu is posted here. Closed Tues and Weds.