REVIEW – Gardener’s Cottage pops up at Edinburgh’s Farmers Market

The table is set for brunch

The Gardener’s Cottage pop-up brunch and lunch at Edinburgh’s Farmers Market

Update – *Restaurant opens 7th July*

Edinburgh chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray are the proud new owners of The Gardener’s Cottage in Royal Terrace Gardens. Their restaurant isn’t due to open until June 2012 as an extensive refurbishment of the 1836 building built by William Playfair is required before the pair start serving up seasonal and local dishes.

However, the lads are smart, as they’ve been popping up at Edinburgh Farmers Market for the last couple of weekends and will continue to do so most Saturdays until the restaurant opens (weather dependent). It’s also pretty impressive having Edinburgh Castle to look at as you eat.

The menu for brunch and lunch changes every week, but Dale and Ed always use the produce that the other stall holders on the market sell.

We sat down for brunch with some other Edinburghers and a couple of Scandinavian tourists. It was a tad on the chilly side, but they’ve really thought of everything as we were given blankets for our legs.

We tucked into pastries from Jo Jo’s Danish bakery, bread from Falko Konditormeister with fresh apple juice and coffee also on offer.

The main dish was being cooked behind us and the plate of Eyemouth smoked haddock, purple sprouting broccoli and a couple of Phantassie poached eggs was served to us with a smile.

Smoked haddock, broccoli (and hiding poached eggs)

The fish was perfect and although you could taste the smoke, it wasn’t overpowering. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked and the broccoli tied the whole dish together into one immensely satisfying brunch.

Between them, Edward and Dale have 15 years of professional restaurant experience – including The Outsider, Blue, The Atrium, Cafe St Honoré and The Kitchin.

We think it’s an excellent way to introduce themselves to the Edinburgh food scene and can’t wait to try out the restaurant when it opens. In the meantime, we’ll be trying to bag more seats at the newest pop-up table in town.


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A decision is made on Thursdays before the market is due to take place. If the weather forecast is a dry one, then the brunch goes ahead from 10am and the lunch at 12.30pm. You need to contact them to reserve your place and can do this by dropping them an email or via their twitter stream @Gardenersctg


There’s a suggested donation of £10 per person for brunch and £15 per person for lunch. We think that this is extremely good value for the quality of food delivered.

Ed and Dale cooking in their outdoor kitchen

The Gardener's Cottage before the restaurant refurbishment

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