Gardener’s Cottage restaurant listed as top eatery

Chef Dale Mailley celebrates the listing with Gardener's Cottage staff. Picture: Greg Macvean
Chef Dale Mailley celebrates the listing with Gardener's Cottage staff. Picture: Greg Macvean
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One of the Capital’s newest fine dining establishments is celebrating today after being listed among the countries top eateries – despite having only been open for just over a year.

The Gardener’s Cottage, in Royal Terrace Gardens, has been listed in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014 only 14 months after opening its doors in July last year.

It is one of four new entries from the Capital and 11 new entries from the country in total, taking the overall number of recommended restaurants north of the Border to 104.

Three Edinburgh restaurants – The Kitchin, Restaurant ­Martin Wishart and Castle Terrace – have also been listed in the top 50 best restaurants in the country, coming in at 21, 26 and 46 respectively.

Chef Dale Mailley, who co-owns The Gardener’s Cottage alongside fellow chef and architect Edward Murray, said they were “over the moon” about their inclusion in the guide, which is published on Monday.

The pair work with a small staff, and serve produce grown in the cottage gardens and sourced from local suppliers.

He added: “We’re a relatively new and rather small company so it really is thrilling to be included with such honoured company.

“We’re so pleased with how our first year has gone and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots more new customers over the next 12 months.”

Also celebrating are brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, who have had both new restaurants at The Caledonian Waldorf 
Astoria added to the guide.

The Pompadour restaurant and the Galvin Brasserie de Luxe were the brothers’ first ventures in Scotland and will now join their other five sites in the prestigious listings.

Jeff and Chris, who split their time between their Edinburgh and London restaurants, said they were “thrilled” to get the nod, adding: “We’ll be back in Edinburgh at the weekend, so may crack open a few bottles. We’ve been pleased with how things have gone over the last year, especially over the Festival, which we just missed by a 
couple of weeks in 2012.”

Edinburgh culinary institution Tom Kitchin also spoke of his joy at seeing two of his eateries, The Kitchin and Castle Terrace, in the top 50. He said: “It’s encouraging to see so many Scottish restaurants listed.

“As a nation we boast an incredible selection of passionate and knowledgeable chefs, producers, suppliers and 
restaurants.

“I firmly believe Scotland’s natural larder is one of the best in the world and I am incredibly proud to showcase the beautiful produce we have here. Scotland, and Edinburgh, has well and truly earned its place on the culinary map.”

Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of the Good Food Guide, said that Scotland was “a magnet” for talented chefs.

She added: “It’s great to see more and more simple, good-value restaurants entering the guide.

“I really am impressed by the high standard of all our Scottish restaurants. Long may this continue.”

Eatieries to fry for include Fife fish bar

OTHER new Scottish entries were located throughout the country. Eleven in total made the top 50. They included the Anstruther Fish Bar and Peat Inn in Fife, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, as well as Glasgow eateries Cail Bruic, described as “Trendy,bohemian and slightly pampered” and Central Market.

In the Highlands The Cross in Kingussie and Birch Tree in Delny made the top 50 while there was a listing for the Limetree Restaurant in Moffat. The Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow has appeared in the guide for 42 years while Airds Hotel in Port Appin, Inverlochy Castle in Fort William and Ostlers Close in Cupar all made the list for the 32nd year running.