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The Gardener’s Cottage sits at the foot of Calton Hill on Edinburgh's Royal Terrace Gardens. Built in 1836, and originally home to the gardener, the cottage has been transformed into a restaurant dedicated to seasonal cooking. Seated at long, communal tables our guests enjoy weekend brunches, a la carte lunches, and our inventive, set seven-course dinner menu made using the very best local produce. The intimate atmosphere and warm ambience offers a real sense of escape from the city.


Sample Brunch Menu

(Saturday & Sunday only, 7 days during August) 

All our bread and pastries are made at our bakery, Quay Commons.

Pain Au Chocolat (£4)

Seasonal Fruit Danish Pastry (£4)

Croissant, Whipped Butter, Homemade Jam (£5)

Toasted Sourdough, Whipped Butter, Homemade Jam (£5)

Toasted Nut Granola, Compote & Yogurt (£6)

Porridge with Tea-Soaked Prunes & Perthshire Heather Honey (£6)

Bread & Pastry Basket with Homemade Jam & Whipped Butter (£9)

Mushroom, Brioche, Poached Egg, Hollandaise (£9)

House-Made Meatloaf  Brioche Sandwich, Poached Egg & Hollandaise (£10)

Full Cooked Breakfast, Quay Commons Toasted Sourdough (£13)

Arbroath Kipper & Poached Eggs (£14)

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Sample Lunch Menu

Sourdough, Whipped Butter (£3)

Crab Salad (£6)

Beetroot Hummus, Almonds (£4)

Arbroath Potted Kipper (£4)

Garden Herb Salad (£5)


Pea Soup, Mint, Pancetta (£7)

Mackerel, Yoghurt, Oats, Tomato, Cucumber (£8)

Vegetable Quiche, Garden Herb Salad (£9)

Tomato & Caper Tagliatelle, Spinach, Cora Linn (£7.5/£11)
Salt-baked Heritage Carrot, Toasted Nuts, Smoked Ricotta (£13)

Border's Roe Deer, Pearl Barley, Courgette (£22)

Cod, Salt-Baked Celeriac, Chive, Brioche (£24)

½ Grilled North Berwick Lobster, Sweet Cicely Butter, Herb Salad (£27)

Chocolate Tree 70% Cocoa Costa Rican Chocolate Ice Cream (£4)

Honey Cake, Scottish Berries, Meringue, Sweet Cicely Ice cream (£6)

British Cheeses, Crackers & Chutney (£7)


Gardener's Bubbly £9 / Beetroot Bloody Mary £7



Dinner Menu August

7-courses £60 / wine pairing £40

5-courses £40 / wine pairing £30



Quay Commons Sourdough, Pig's Blood Tart, Salmon Roe, Creme Fraiche

(Crémant Sans Souffre, Domaine Klur, Alsace, France NV)


North Berwick Crab Salad, Fennel Cracker


 Mackerel, Yoghurt, Oats, Tomato, Cucumber

(Albarino, Lagar de Bouza, Galicia, Spain 2017)


Pea Soup, Mint, Pumpkin Seed

(Riesling, Richter Estate, Mosel, Germany 2016)

Cod, Salt-Baked Celeriac, Chive, Brioche

(Viognier/Grenache Blanc, Guillaume Gonnet, Rhône, France 2017)


Mutton, Pearl Barley, Bramble, Chanterelle, Kale

(Nero d’Avola, Nerojbleo Gulfi, Sicily, Italy 2013) 


Selection of British Cheese, Homemade Crackers 

(£6 supplement)


Honey Cake, Meringue, Sweet Cicely Ice Cream

(Chenin Blanc, Domaine des Baumard, Loire, France 2017)


Williams & Johnson Coffee or Tea, Petit Fours (£6 supplement)

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This was exceptional.

“The piece de resistance – a very Edinburgh expression, that – was the five-year-old mutton with winkles and a mild onion puree. This was exceptional.”

AA Gill, The Sunday times



Can it really be this perfect?

“Can it really be this perfect? On balance, I’d say yes. It can. The restaurant is located in a building dating from 1836 that was once the cottage of the gardener. Out front, on either side of the gravel path, are vegetable patches. They are as much a declaration of intent as sources of food. The young team here does not just mouth the litany of seasonal and local; they mean it… 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 rayner, the guardian



A pretty magical experience.

“Despite an evening of eating, no-one is too full. There is nothing too rich or heavy throughout – inventively wholesome springs to mind, while the focus on seasonal and fresh is apparent. When we forgot we were sharing a table with six other folk, I’m not too sure, but we all agreed the food and atmosphere... all combine to make this a pretty magical experience.”

Lynn o’rourke, the scotsman



Deeply and engagingly quirky.

“And with that, we were done. This was a perfectly balanced meal that left us feeling sated but not unpleasantly so, which was healthy but not Spartan. It wasn’t even the sort of food that usually pushes my buttons, but it was produced with such care and thought that it was impossible not to be deeply impressed, - and that was without even thinking about the price or the surroundings.”

richard bath, the scotsman



Best meal I’ve had this year.

“I’m bored with the city, I want to move to the countryside, please. And by that I mean this magical cottage in Royal Terrace Gardens, where Mailley and Murray can feed me every day (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when I will grudgingly cook my own dinner). That was the best meal I’ve had this year, and it’s almost autumn.”

Gaby soutar, The scotsman


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1 Royal Terrace Gardens
London Road

(access via London Rd only)



Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 11:30am
(7 days during August)
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm – 9:30 pm
(until 10.30pm during August)



0131 677 0244


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