The Gardener’s Cottage – This independently run restaurant prides itself in serving fresh produce grown in the garden. The restaurant is, indeed, located in a building from 1836 that was once the cottage of the gardener. This dedication to seasonal ingredients means that the menu changes regularly. The cottage is small and cosy; the two rooms are set with long communal tables. The menu is a five-course set affair but, for those who like to have a choice, lunch is served à la carte and there is brunch at weekends. If you are a vegetarian or allergic to any particular ingredients, request a copy of the set menu in advance so they can accommodate your needs. 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Rd, Edinburgh, UK
Set in a beatiful Georgian townhouse by the Royal Terrace 21212 is a Michelin starred restaurant. The menu explains the restaurant’s name – there are two choices for starter, main and dessert, and only one for the soup and cheese in between. The food is divine, every bite has such depth of flavour crammed into it. The kitchen is on display behind a wall of glass so you can see the talented chef Paul Kitching whiping up his culinary creations. The decor is serene: high ceilings and vast windows, chandeliers and brocade banquettes. 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
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