Picture the scene, eating outdoors in April…yes, you read that right bloggers…last Saturday myself and Mr Monkfish had the privilege of eating a three course lunch ‘outdoors’ in ‘Scotland’. Crazy I know. But fear not, the sun shone….albeit for a few minutes.

The very lovely boys, Ed and Dale, of ‘The Gardener’s Cottage‘ ‘popped-up’ at Edinburgh Farmers Market for brunch and lunch. In fact, they’ve ‘popped-up’ a few times in the last couple of weeks in order to showcase their impending new venture in Edinburgh. The soon to open restaurant (June 2012) is the old gardener’s cottage on London Road at the foot of Calton Hill. A B-listed building designed and constructed by William Playfair in 1836 the chefs intend to make the most of the limited space in the cottage and bring a new and inventive approach to restaurant dining.

Dale: “We hope The Gardener’s Cottage will have a strong sense of place, with unfussy seasonal food connecting chef, diner, producer and landscape”.

Ed and Dale have impressive food CV’s having notched up time in The Kitchin, The Ledbury, The Atrium and Cafe St Honore.  They are huge fans of local and seasonal food so customers can expect the freshest ingredients from Scottish producers most of whom can be seen weekly at the Edinburgh Farmers Market. The boys also intend to grow their own fruit, veg and herbs right outside the restaurant cutting down those food miles even more, happy days.

So, with that food for thought here’s the lunch menu we sampled on saturday.

Smoked Trout, Land Cress and Nettle & Cobnut pesto on Falko Nut Bread

Shoulder of Ballencreiiff Pork in East Lothian Apple Juice, Nettle and Pigs-Head Ravioli, East-coast spring vegetables

Cobnut Lardy Cake, Phantassie Rhubarb & Pear

As an aside…..up until last night I knew very little about cobnuts despite eating them in two of the three courses on Saturday but thanks to BBC2’s ‘Our Food’ programme on Wednesday evening I know consider myself a cobnut connoisseur!

Apart from the delightful cobnuts we got to eat nettle and pigs-head ravioli and loved it. I think myself and Mr Monkfish will have to do a spot of foraging ourselves and see what we can come up with in the Monkfish kitchen… We’re big fans of communal dining and sitting outside in April with blankets wrapped round our knees only added to the occasion! Fellow foodie chums Jelly&Gin joined in the fun as did 8 other diners. All agreed it was a roaring success and having lived in Scotland for 15 years I can take whatever the weather throws at me, bring it on!

For your perusal here’s a photographic gallery of our soiree and a few shots of the boys in action, enjoy and pay them a visit SOON!

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all photos copyright mymonkfish 2012 with the exception of photos 8 to 12 in the gallery, copyright Hugh Brady


One response to “THE GARDENER’S COTTAGE….

  1. You can’t beat a bit of April al fresco! Great post.
    I’m definitely up for some nettle foraging, had them wilted on Ed and Dale’s brunch!

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