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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.



(Saturday & Sunday only, 10am-11.45am)

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

Pain Au Chocolat (£4)

Seasonal Fruit Danish Pastry (£4)

Croissant, Homemade Jam & Butter (£5)

Toasted Sourdough, Homemade Jam & Butter (£5)

Toasted Nut Granola, Compote & Yogurt (£6)

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

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

Wild Boar Sausage Brioche Sandwich, Poached Egg & Hollandaise (£10)

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

Arbroath Kipper & Poached Eggs (£14)

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Quay Commons Sourdough with:

Nuna de Prado Olive Oil (£3)

Manzanilla Olives (£3)

Cultured Butter (£3)

Tapenade (£4)

Potted Kipper (£4)

Salt Cod Brandade (£4)

Beetroot Hummus (£4)

East Coast Cured Charcuterie (£6)


Crown Prince Pumpkin Soup, Apple & Sage (£6)

Shetland Mussels, Clams, Cider, Leek (£7)

Vegetable Quiche, Garden Herb Salad (£8)

Rabbit, Prune & Pistachio Terrine, Fennel Crackers (£8)

Cullen Skink (£8/£11)


Celeriac & Clava Brie Tart, Garden Herb Pesto (£13)

Arbroath Smokie Pappardelle, Brioche, Bacon, Flower Marie (£14)

Poached Partridge Breast, Pancetta, Bread Sauce (£16)

Baked Cod, Sauteed Potatoes, Celeriac, Artichoke (£19)


Chips & Aioli (£4)

Garden Salad (£4)


Pain Au Chocolat Ice Cream (£6)

Apple and Thyme Tart Tatin, Salted Caramel & Creme Fraiche Ice Cream (£8)

Rachel Goat Cheese, Crackers & Chutney (£6/10)     


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



7 courses £60 / wine pairing £40

5 courses £45 / wine pairing £30 (courses marked with an asterisk) 



Quay Commons Sourdough, Dukkah

Nuna De Prado Olive Oil

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


Newhaven Lobster Ravioli, Pumpkin, Sage

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


Rabbit, Prune and Pistachio Terrine, Pickled Vegetables

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


Poached Partridge Breast, Hispi Cabbage, Pancetta, Bread Sauce

(Nero d’Avola, il Manto, Sicily, Italy 2013)


Strawberry Sorbet, Tangerine Sage, Milk Jelly


Rachel  Goats Cheese, Chutney, Crackers

(Pedro Ximenez, Ximenez Spinola, Jerez, Spain)


Apple and Thyme Tart Tatin,

Salted Caramel and Creme Fraiche Ice Cream

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


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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)



We are CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Lunch: 12pm – 2:45pm
Dinner: 5pm – 9:45 pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 12pm



0131 677 0244


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