I'm really impressed by the Timberyard.
It's different, unique and a new gem in Edinburgh's foodie scene.
It doesn't scream at you from the outside with a wacky exterior, you'd never know what lay behind a plain red door. But once inside, you'll find an unusual natural-style decor and delicious wholesome and seasonal menu.
I instantly loved its interior, piles of timber logs lit by candles and industrial-style fittings with warm atmospheric lighting. You are greeted by a huge open plan seating area and archway straight through to the hard-working kitchen.
It has just those few extra touches of detail that make you feel really well looked after. The tartan rugs draped over the seats and the wood burning fire are lovely additions.
I had come across the Timberyard through a local set of Edinburgh restaurant reviews.
The whole feel of the Timberyard is really welcoming and inviting with the odd original feature such as the sound of their own wine distilling that is played as you enter the bathrooms or the water bottles served on huge logs of wood beside your table.
Their menu is really enticing - intriguing ingredients cooked to perfection. The menu is not at all pretentious but instead offers the best seasonal produce with a focus on just a few great ingredients.
Their cocktails and drinks menu is also really refreshing. It comprises unique blends of cocktails using ingredients such as lavender, crab apples and sea buckthorn.
I tasted their warm spiced cider which was a perfect warming drink away from the blizzards outside!
The idea at the Timberyard is to have 3 or 4 courses as the dishes are fairly small, to allow you to sample more of the menu. In order to do this you can start off with "bites" which include dishes such as roast chicken broth and chilled lobster(ranging from £2-4.50), moving to small dishes such as scallops, hake or raw beef (£7-8.50)and then large main dishes such as pork loin, roast beetroot or pigeon (average price around £16).
The food is imaginative and perfectly cooked using ingredients from local suppliers and foragers with a real focus on sustainability and the environment.
I had the pigeon with swiss chard, mash and carrots which was really tender and the perfect sized portion. I've also tasted their special of whole Anglessey bass which was delicious.
The food is really tasty and full of really complimentary and slightly unusual flavours. My starter of raw beef with candied hazelnuts and egg yolk was really interesting and a great combination.
The staff even let me into the kitchen to take some photos. The kitchen was spotless and it's lovely how it is open to the restaurant so that you can see the cooks at work.
|Beetroot, cauliflower, watercress and heritage potato|
The waiting staff were all properly trained- some of the most wonderfully sounding but fairly foreign (to me) ingredients were described and recommended perfectly.
My dessert of a sea buckthorn posset and rhubarb was a really refreshing change from what I would usually choose.
Their cheeseboard was comprised of local cheeses and homemade chutney and the waitress even wrote down the individual cheeses and their origin for us.
The huge wooden doors are a great feature at the entrance.
Definitely a great place to visit- excellent food and a casually stylish atmosphere.