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Gardeners Cottage

1 Royal Terrace Gardens , London Road , Edinburgh , United Kingdom, EH7 5DX
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Opening Information

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2:30pm
(Brunch to run 7 days during August)
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm – 9:30pm (Until 10.30pm during August)

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Business Lunch
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
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About Gardeners Cottage

The Gardener’s Cottage is a restaurant in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill. Built in 1836 the cottage, which was originally home to the gardener, has been transformed into Edinburgh’s home for seasonal cooking and social dining. Seated at long communal tables our guests can enjoy weekend brunch, an a’la carte lunch menu, or an inventive, set seven course dinner menu, using only the best seasonal, local produce.

Cuisine: Scottish, Brunch, Fine Dining, Tasting Menu
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Amazing

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

great food!

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

First time for lunch (after a few visits for dinner) and we weren't disappointed! Excellent food as always; the lunch set menu is great value. We'll be back!

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Realy enjoyed the lunch menu. Nice company at the table and fab location.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 April 2019

We had the set lunch menu, which was exquisite. We started with a chicken pate, served with the largest chunk of mouth watering sour dough and marrow butter. We then had crab tagliatelle, which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We finished with a chocolate plate of heaven. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the atmosphere was homely and refreshing, after so many ‘generic’ vibes at other Edinburgh restaurants. Thank you for an amazing experience. We promptly booked for breakfast two days later.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

It's a lovely concept but needs help with it's delivery. Sack the management, purhaps. 1. Prices for hot drinks aren't clearly displayed. Filter coffee top ups from a thermos ended up costing £12 (!) for two people for breakfast. Customers assume that there is a flat charge for coffee and top ups but there isn't. This must be clearly stated on menus or communicated by waiters. 2. Almost all the ingredients were replaced on our breakfast plates (kale instead of spinach, brioche bun instead of sourdough). Not sure of a purpose, as we spotted a huge bag of spinach and galore of sourdough in the kitchen. 3. Oversalted food. Eggs, kale and black pudding were too salty to eat, and we didn't. 4. Staff need to pay more attention, it is possible to remember who eats what with only 6 guests in the whole restaurant. Expected yummy local produce and attentive, friendly service but, unfortunately got none of that.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Very much enjoyed it, but one disappointing thing. We looked at the lunch menu on your website and this looked very inviting. Based on what we saw here, we decided to make a reservation. Through the lunch menu website page we then made a reservation through the system for 11:15 to 12:30. When we arrived on the day itself we were told we had to order from the breakfast menu. Which is not what we came for. It would therefore be good if you would clearly write on your lunch menu website page for which times this menu applies.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Thank you for thé good Time. Very Good food and marvellous service.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Food was amazing, set lunch menu great value for money without compromising on food, wine and atmosphere lovely and service was excellent. Will be back!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Enjoyed a lovely meal with friends this past weekend. Each of the courses offered great flavor, and it was evident that the meal was put together in a thoughtful manner. In general the service was timely, however our group was a bit put off by the hostess given her general way of interaction with us during the course of our visit. The remainder of the service staff was seen to be friendly, and helpful.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 April 2019

A cute little cottage in the middle of the city. I like the fact that there are just two communal tables and a view into the tiny kitchen. The food was wonderfull, the service too. When I visited (6.30pm) it was quite calm, better to book the 8 o'clock shift.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

The food was excellent

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Disappointing on the whole, especially the poor quality vegetarian options.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Pleasant enough but I’m not a fan of communal seating. Excellent service and attention. Will definitely come and try dinner!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

My first visit to your restaurant. Loved every aspect of the experience. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Absolutely fantastic

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

A perfectly adequate meal, very over priced, with substandard service. It was very quiet when we dined, yet we were sat directly next to another couple, on the same table, rather than giving both parties space to enjoy their meal. The food was fine, certainly not to the standard we expected for the price tag. Two staff members leant chatting, playing with their phones whilst we tried to get someone's attention to pay the bill. Will not be back, and would not recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Great idea executed really well. A perfect set of lunch dishes. Great flavours with a lightness of touch : beautifully presented. Attentive (attractive) staff. Good wine list. V positive.

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Visited On Friday, 05 April 2019

Very fun dining experience. A few too many sweet paired wines for my liking. The waitress explained the food and wine pairing and was super friendly. The waiter was friendly enough but didn't explain what we were being given. Overall great fun and great food.

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

It was an amazing night, thank you very much !

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Outstanding!

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

Recommends this strongly. Had an exquisite dinner with matching wines. Something out of the ordinary, and yet very “down to earth” - no nonsense! Very friendly staff.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

I often take my Mum to Gardener's Cottage for brunch on Mothers' Day and we both always enjoy it.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Seated quickly and great service. Which there was more guidance on which food to order, would have not ordered two cream based dishes if I had known they both had cream, although individually they were both so good! Loved the atmosphere, great curation of taste, felt so welcome, and the best location.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

Food was lovely, great atmosphere, relaxed and great idea with the communal dining. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely return.

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