THE chefs behind a new Edinburgh restaurant are showcasing their culinary skills at a farmers’ market later this month – ahead of the venue’s launch in June.
Dale Mailley and Edward Murray are set to launch The Gardener’s Cottage in a B-listed building which used to be just that in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill.
The refurbishment of the cottage, which has been empty for a number of years, has still to be completed.
But before then Dale and Edward, who have 15 years of restaurant experience between them, are giving consumers a taste of what’s to come in a series of pop-up restaurants.
The pair will be cooking up a storm at Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday on Castle Terrace, serving brunch and lunch at an open-air communal table using produce from the stall holders.
They have also been chosen to cook at Burgher Burger on Saturday May 1 – a pop-up dining event in Edinburgh which sees a different chef take over a cafe every month to cook their chosen burger as part of a three-course meal matched with beer.
Edward said the farmers’ market is a good fit with their concept for The Gardener’s Cottage, where they plan to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
“The stall holders at the farmers’ market are growing, farming and making world-class produce right on our doorstep,” he said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know the suppliers and to understand and explore the huge variety of local, seasonal produce available.
“We hope The Gardener’s Cottage will have a strong sense of place, with unfussy seasonal food connecting chef, diner, producer and landscape.”
Due to open in June, The Gardener’s Cottage will feature three communal dining tables made from reclaimed teak decking from the Glasgow-built SS Olympia.