The Gardeners Cottage – Small is Perfection

By | Sep 26, 2013

If you are looking for somewhere different to eat in Edinburgh then try and book a table at The Gardener’s Cottage. With a fixed menu in the evening and a lunch time menu based on local seasonal produce, this simple yet very rewarding dining experience is an example of how enthusiastic chefs can turn the most unlikely premises into wonderful dining locations. Co-owned by chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray and opened in early 2013, The Gardener’s Cottage quickly established itself as one of Edinburgh’s little culinary gems providing a unique Scottish restaurant experience showcasing some of the best of Scottish produce.

The restaurant is housed in a small historic building in Royal Terrace Gardens on London Road. Designed by William Playfair in the 1830′s, this was the residence for the head gardener who tended The Royal Terrace Gardens. Left empty for several years, it was spotted by Edward Murray, an architect based in Edinburgh. Edward together with his colleague Dale Mailley developed the cottage as a place which brings together diners and chefs, making the most of the small interior space and creating an atmosphere which is one of the main ingredients in any meal at The Gardener’s Cottage.Edward and Dale have 15 years of professional restaurant experience including work at The Outsider, Blue, The Atrium, Cafe St Honoré and The Kitchin.

Dale and Edward realised they shared a passion for seasonal food when, as chefs at Edinburgh’s The Atrium, they regularly visited the local farmers’ markets to buy produce for the kitchen.Originally trained as an architect Edward 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.

If the thought of wild garlic and hazelnut tagliatelle; mutton with parsnip puree and cabbage; smoked duck with salt crust turnips, sea radish and charred vegetables; chocolate tart with hazelnuts or rhubarb shortbread Alexander gets you licking your lips then call 0131 558 1221 for your table reservation.

Tel: 0131 558 1221  /  Email:
Lunch: 12-2:30pm, Dinner: 5-10pm / Closed on Tues and Weds.

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