“Contemporary Scottish cooking in unique setting” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
First time visitors to Timberyard would be forgiven for thinking they’d arrived at the wrong place as they approach this modest venue. Concealed behind large red garage doors, this former warehouse just to the south of Edinburgh Castle, still gives the impression of a space used for commercial manufacturing purposes rather than high-level gastronomy. Inside, beyond the south-facing, sun-trap yard, original brick walls, stripped wood floors and rusty panels keep things the industrial side of shabby chic but pots of edible flowers and herbs soon give the game away that this is a serious food operation. The menu confirms this with a namecheck for the local foragers and Scottish artisan breeders that keep the kitchen supplied with hyper-seasonal raw materials. The food is modern and exciting, with intelligent flavour combinations, sound technique and precise presentation, all of which belies the tersely written menu descriptions. A typical meal from the daily menu might start with snacks of fried globe artichoke, sunflower, lemon and sumac or lamb tartare, ramson, cured yolk and black garlic mustard. Follow these with ‘small’ plates of glazed duck, apricot, golden beetroot and honey or confit trout, gooseberry and fennel. Making an appearance at the main course stage might be BBQ venison, celeriac, cherry and kale or quail with wild mushroom, salsify and ale. Sides such as smoked aubergine, toasted nigella and sesame, and purple sprouting, charred greens, black garlic and chilli are worth a detour in their own right. Finish with an inventive honey, almond and brown butter cake with woodruff ice cream or peach, crème fraîche and white chocolate. The drinks list is notable whether it’s softs such as apple and Douglas fir or organic beers brewed in the Highlands. The wine list is full of interesting bottles from lesser-known territories.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 65
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 5.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 11
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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