East coast eateries Heron and Timberyard awarded new Michelin Stars

Sam Yorke and Tomás Gormley opened Heron in 2021.

SCOTLAND has two more Michelin Starred restaurants after east coast eateries Heron and Timberyard won Stars in the most recent Michelin Guide.

Heron chef owners  Sam Yorke and Tomás Gormley (aged 25 and 28, respectively) claim to be the youngest Scottish chefs to have won a Michelin Star. The pair had operated a pop-up at-home dining experience, Bad Seeds, in early 2021, following that up with the opening of Heron, in Leith, later the same year.

“To say that I’m delighted would be an understatement,” said Yorke.

“It means a great deal to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation for our work at Heron. It’s a real testament to the unwavering focus and dedication of the entire team, without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Gormley added that two years ago, when the duo launched Bad Seeds, they ‘would never have imagined this happening’.

“This is a huge achievement for everyone, and I am so grateful that we get to go on this journey with them,” he said.

Timberyard, on Edinburgh’s Lady Lawson Street, has secured its Michelin Star after ten years in business. It is owned and operated by the Radford family, with head chef Jimmy Murray heading up operations in the kitchen.

Ben Radford, Jimmy Murray and Jo Radford of Timberyard.

Ben Radford said the team ‘couldn’t be more proud of such a tremendous achievement’.

“Timberyard has always aimed to be at the forefront of both Scottish and British dining,” he said.

“The Michelin Star gives Jimmy and our team the recognition they deserve. The award also helps to firmly establish Timberyard’s place at the highest level of the country’s fine dining scene.

“To be included amongst great Edinburgh and national restaurants such as Martin Wishart’s and Lyles in London is a huge honour.”

The two Edinburgh venues were the only new Scottish Stars awarded in this year’s guide.